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  • Hundreds Rally to Protect Their Local Papers

    May 30, 2013

    On May 29th, in cities around the country, people took to the streets to tell the Tribune Company to reject a bid from the notorious Koch brothers for its eight newspapers. In a national day of action to “save our news,” rallies were held in 14 communities and activists delivered more than half a million petition signatures to the Tribune Company.

  • Think Bigger

    May 30, 2013

    Two years ago, entrepreneur and activist Jim Gilliam spoke to an audience in New York City about how the Internet — the people he connected with online, the information he depended on every day — helped him survive cancer. “The Internet is my religion,” he said to an emotional crowd.

  • National Day of Action to Stop the Kochs

    May 29, 2013
    If you thought the Koch brothers’ interest in buying the eight Tribune Company newspapers was business as usual, think again. And today, protesters are turning out nationwide to oppose a Koch bid.
  • Kate Middleton and the Crisis in Climate Coverage

    May 29, 2013
    The watchdog group Media Matters recently reported that in 2012, the network nightly news programs devoted only 12 full segments to climate change. During that same period, these programs dedicated seven times more coverage to the British Royal Family.
  • Protesting the Koch Brothers

    May 24, 2013

    Every week for the past month, there have been rallies and protests outside the offices of Tribune Company newspapers around the U.S. Rumors are swirling about the potential sale of the Tribune papers  including the Baltimore Sun, the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times  to the notorious billionaire Koch brothers. 

  • Come Clean: Groups Demand Transparency from Attorney General Eric Holder

    May 24, 2013

    A day after President Obama ordered Attorney General Eric Holder to review the Justice Department’s guidelines regarding interactions with the press, Free Press and a diverse coalition of civil liberties, digital rights and open government groups weighed in on the agency’s treatment of journalists’ sources and information.

  • The Very Model of the Modern Messy Video Market

    May 23, 2013
    While I’ve spent a fair amount of my adult life critiquing the media, I am in fact a pretty big fan of television.
  • Cord Cutting and the Cable Cabal

    May 23, 2013
    Rapidly rising cable fees are sending some subscribers looking for a pair of metaphorical scissors so they can cut the cord. In 2009, pay-TV adoption reached an all-time high at 88 percent of American households. But it started a slow decline thereafter, reaching 85 percent at the end of 2012.
  • Happy, Profitable Middlemen

    May 22, 2013
    Have you ever sat with your TV remote, aimlessly flipping through hundreds of channels you have no interest in, and wondered, “Why do I have to pay for all this?”
  • Who Owns the Media? Obama's Next FCC Chairman

    May 21, 2013
    When President Obama nominated Tom Wheeler as the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, he praised him as the "Bo Jackson of telecom" — because he's been an all-star in two industries.

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