With news today that the Tribune Company has agreed to acquire 19 television stations from Local TV Holdings LLC, making it one of the largest TV station owners in the nation, we are seeing a dramatic escalation of media consolidation.
Earlier this month, federal prosecutors filed a formal criminal complaint against Edward Snowden, charging him with three felonies for leaking information about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs to Glenn Greenwald at the Guardian and Barton Gellman at the Washington Post. Two of those charges were filed under the 1917 Espionage Act.
In June, before the National Security Agency surveillance story broke, everyone was talking about the Justice Department’s secret collection of phone records from Associated Press journalists and editors — and the Department’s classification of one Fox News journalist as an accomplice in a leak that he had reported on.
It’s been three weeks since the National Security Agency’s spying scandal erupted — and millions are outraged.
Nearly everyone gets it: Individual freedom and social justice simply cannot survive in a surveillance state.
Whistleblower Edward Snowden’s leaks about the National Security Agency’s spying programs exposed extensive violations of Americans’ Fourth Amendment rights — and of the right to privacy established in numerous Supreme Court decisions.
These leaks have also prompted the reddit community to fight back.
In the past couple of weeks, the National Security Agency has, unsurprisingly, responded with a series of secret briefings to Congress that have left the public in the dark and vulnerable to misstatements and word games.
Meet the Press host David Gregory caused a stir on Sunday when he asked Glenn Greenwald, “To the extent that you have ‘aided and abetted’ [Edward] Snowden, even in his current movements, why shouldn’t you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?”
About 20 percent of the hugely valuable TV spectrum — slated for auction in 2014 — is reserved for noncommercial stations. Only noncommercial stations (mostly owned by universities and community nonprofits) can operate on this spectrum, and when these institutions sell, they must sell to other eligible noncommercial operators.
In the early morning hours of April 19, some residents of Watertown, Mass., received an automated phone call telling them to “shelter in place” while the suspected Boston marathon bomber roamed the neighborhood.
The system worked — to a degree.