Since the beginning of his crackdown against the Occupy Wall Street movement,
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has gone to great lengths to present himself as a
champion of the First Amendment. But the free speech rhetoric coming from City
Hall hasn't matched the brutal reality journalists have experienced on the
front lines of the protest.
In the two months since the movement began, 26 journalists covering OWS events
across the country have been arrested. More than half of these arrests have
occurred in New York City, where 12 journalists were arrested in the last week
This was a bad week for press freedom in America. Thirteen
journalists covering Occupy Wall Street have been arrested in New York City
and numerous others were roughed
up, blocked from accessing the protests or threatened by police. Reports
suggest that police have used strobe lights to blind cameras, and demanded to
have local TV news helicopters grounded during raids on Occupy Wall Street.
Big corporations have become a focal point for the nation’s
anger and mistrust (see: Occupy Wall Street). It’s no wonder. As millions of
Americans struggle to keep their homes and their jobs, big companies are
continuing to post — and trumpet — record profits. That fact alone has many of
A new report, “Corporate
Taxpayers & Corporate Tax Dodgers,” is sure to outrage us even more.
Produced by Citizens for Tax Justice and the Institute on Taxation and Economic
Policy, the study examines the income taxes paid (or not paid) by 280 companies
in the Fortune 500.
Raycom Media has taken control of three TV stations in
Tucson in a covert consolidation deal. The new virtual triopoly will result in
dozens of layoffs, as local anchor Lou Raguse noted on the air yesterday.
When Raycom takes over operations of Belo-owned KMSB and
KTTU, Raycom’s station KOLD will produce
all of the news for the three stations. "KOLD will, by contract,
provide certain services to support the operations of KMSB and KTTU, including
producing local news in high definition, in-depth weather, traffic and sports,
and website administration,” said a Belo spokesperson in an email to Broadcasting & Cable.
Those sites and logos are blacked out to draw attention to American
Censorship Day, a major effort by a coalition of dozens of groups
including Public Knowledge, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Mozilla and
Free Press (longer list here) to kill the “Stop Online Piracy Act.”
SOPA (H.R. 3261) is a bill moving through the House of Representatives that
could rip apart the fabric of the open Internet — and introduce a new regime of
It all began in the middle of the night, when police moved in at 1 a.m. to forcibly evacuate Zuccotti Park, the original Occupy Wall Street encampment. Not long after the park raid began, journalists on Twitter began to report that they were being blocked from covering the police actions.
If a new bill gets through Congress,
marketing robots will invade your cellphone.
The bill, called the “Mobile
Informational Call Act of 2011” (H.R. 3035), would amend the Communications
Act of 1934 to allow marketers and bill collectors to make endless calls to
your mobile phone — just like they currently can on your landline, but this
time using minutes that you are paying for.
Opponents of Net Neutrality often argue that Internet
Service Providers need to divide the Internet into fast and slow lanes — providing
a fast lane for those who can pay, a slow lane for everyone else — to invest in
a fast Internet for all.
We have a new report that describes
half a decade of budget battles at the state level that have eroded funding for
public broadcasters around the country. In the last year, governors and state
legislatures have dramatically reduced public media budgets and even zeroed out
all state funding for local stations.