Federal Communications Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker will reportedly depart the agency in June to occupy a corner office at Comcast-NBC -- the company whose multi-billion mega-merger she approved just months ago.
Federal Communications Commissioner Meredith Atwell Baker will reportedly depart
the agency in June to occupy a corner office at Comcast-NBC -- the
company whose multi-billion mega-merger she approved just months ago.
In so doing she joins a long line of "public servants" who have spun
government jobs into gold at the expense of the American people they're
supposed to represent.
When people think about funding cuts and public media, they
usually think about NPR and PBS, but a recent report reveals that another vital
community media source is perhaps even more threatened: Public, Educational and
Governmental access stations, otherwise known as PEG stations.
There is now fresh data on the funding cuts and closures of PEG
access cable channels throughout the country, thanks to a study released by the
Buske Group and the Alliance for Communications Democracy in early April. The
study compared the funding of PEG access centers over a five year period between
2005 and 2010, uncovering the rapid erosion of a vital local resource.
AT&T wants you to. The phone giant is trying to make everyone believe that its takeover of T-Mobile would be good for jobs, innovation and the economy, while saving you hundreds of dollars on your smartphone.
Today, World Press Freedom Day is being celebrated, but a
new article suggests that a free press crippled by shrinking newsrooms may be
no match for the booming public relations industry. The article, published by ProPublica and the Columbia Journalism Review, reports that PR people now outnumber
journalists by more than three to one. As a result, the line between news
stories and public relations spin is becoming increasingly difficult to discern.