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  • Covert Consolidation Undercuts Supposed Growth in TV News

    August 23, 2011

    Two recent reports paint a rosy picture of local TV news. Stations are launching new programs, jobs are coming back and revenues are up. Bolstering these reports are stats from the Radio Television Digital News Association, which called 2010 a record year for local news.

    I just wish that were the whole picture. However, neither of these reports fully grapples with the impact covert consolidation — in which a station signs away control of its newsroom to a competitor — is having on the media ecosystem.

  • Thousands Urge Apple to Pull Censorship Patent

    August 19, 2011
    For the tech world, this has been the summer of patents.
  • Free Speech Beyond the Turnstiles

    August 19, 2011

    I have spent most of the week poring over news stories, blogs and commentary on last week’s decision by Bay Area Rapid Transit officials to shut off cellphone service to quash planned protests on its trains and platforms.

  • Whack a Murdoch

    August 18, 2011

    Rupert Murdoch's problems — including possible illegal behavior in the U.K. and the U.S. — won’t go away no matter how hard he tries to cover them up.

    On Tuesday,  British authorities released a letter that exposes a massive News Corp. cover-up of illegal phone hacking. This is a serious scandal, but we aren't afraid to have a little fun at Murdoch's expense:  

    Today we're launching a game — Whack a Murdoch — that helps you vent your anger about News Corp.

  • AT&T Accidentally Tells Truth, Shoots Self in Foot

    August 16, 2011

    Free Press and other opponents of the AT&T–T-Mobile merger had reason to cheer last week when a damning document AT&T filed with the FCC was accidentally posted on a public site.

  • Toward a Media Transparency Movement

    August 10, 2011

     The movement for government transparency has taken huge strides in the last two years. More and more government data -- everything from police reports to budget spreadsheets -- is being made available for journalists and citizens to inspect and report on. The need for such transparency speaks for itself: a government that is funded by and dedicated to the service of the people should be accountable to the people for what it is doing to serve them.

  • Broadcasters Cash in with Political Ads

    August 9, 2011

    Broadcasters are giddy with excitement, and it has nothing to do with a stellar fall lineup. A new report by Moody's Investors Service predicts that political advertising sales will continue to soar, breaking records in 2012 and flushing broadcasters with exorbitant revenues. And even in the face of a possible double-dip recession, broadcasters are comfortable that the money will keep rolling in

  • Verizon's App-Blocking Defense: "Of Course You Should Pay Twice"

    August 8, 2011

    Verizon Responds to Free Press Complaint by Demonizing its Subscribers

    Leave it to a company like Verizon to respond to criticism of its shady business practices by forcing its customers to pay twice, then basically calling them thieves if they don't.

    First, a bit of recent history:

  • Boston Tells Congress: It’s Time to Investigate News Corp.

    August 8, 2011

    Dozens of media reform activists gathered at the Massachusetts state house to take a stand against mega-media companies like News. Corp. and call for an investigation and Congressional hearings into whether News Corp.’s criminal behavior has spread from Britain to the United States. The rally was organized by the new grassroots advocacy organization, the Boston Media Reform Network.

    Wielding signs with slogans like “Media for the people, not for profit,” we talked with passersby, held signs up at the busy intersection of Beacon and Park Streets outside the state house, rallied around speeches, and walked the sidewalks outside of the Boston Fox TV station, WFXT-25.

  • The FCC Coddles and AT&T Throttles

    August 4, 2011

    The FCC has taken to heart the maxim “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again,” allowing AT&T another chance to prove that its proposed purchase of T-Mobile is a bang-up idea.


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