Americans radically overestimate the amount of federal funding that goes to NPR and PBS, but still have overwhelming support for that funding.
This weekend, Talking Points Memoreported on a new CNN survey assessing Americans' understanding and perceptions of the U.S. budget and government spending. The poll comes just days before a potential government shut down as the House and Senate battle over spending cuts for the rest of 2011.
Here at Free Press, we see a lot of problems with AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile. The massive merger will eliminate competition in an already concentrated wireless market. It would leave two behemoths — Verizon and the newly bloated AT&T — in control of nearly 80 percent of that market, with Sprint a distant third.
Television stations have been getting
away with airing fake news for far too long. But this week the
Federal Communications Commission clamped down on the practice at two
The FCC fined a pair of television
stations for airing commercials masquerading as news segments. These
video news releases (VNRs) are advertisements produced to be
virtually indistinguishable from news stories and distributed to
television news departments, and they violate the FCC’s
longstanding “sponsorship identification” rules when they are
aired without disclosing their origins.
AT&T wants you to think that its takeover of T-Mobile will lower your wireless bills and give you more choices for plans. Industry analysts are already filling our TV screens with prognostications to prop up AT&T’s promises of a bright new wireless future.
The House just passed a preposterous bill designed to attack NPR
and dismantle America’s public media system piece by piece. The bill, H.R. 1076,
cuts NPR off from all federal funding and prohibits local public radio stations
from using federal funds to buy radio programming, or pay dues to NPR.
As the debate over this bill stretched on throughout almost the entire
day, proponents of the bill repeated two talking points over and over again.
Let’s fact check those claims.
Fiction: Cutting NPR funding is what the American taxpayers