If you’ve ever doubted the existence of “fake news” — the trend in which newscasts pass off paid advertisements as actual reporting — these segments, courtesy of the volcanic-haired late-night funnyman, should put those doubts to rest.
month, federal agencies and local officials sent two powerful but conflicting
messages to the American public about our right to record.
May 14, the Justice Department submitted a letter to the Baltimore Police Department that provided in-depth guidance
on citizens' right to record. The letter was submitted as part of a court
case that dates back to 2010. The plaintiff, Christopher Sharp, alleges that
after filming the arrest of his friend in Baltimore, police confiscated his
mobile phone and deleted the video.
Since 2008, we have seen dramatic newsroom cuts at America’s major
daily newspapers, and we’ve even seen some of our nation’s longest-running
papers cease operations altogether.
Today the New York Times is reporting
more big cuts. David Carr writes that "The New Orleans Times-Picayune, which
distinguished itself amid great adversity during Hurricane Katrina and its
aftermath, is about to enact large staff cuts and may cut back its daily print
publishing schedule, according to two employees with knowledge of the
When President Obama signed the Local Community Radio
Act, we at the Main Street Project knew we wanted to be part of this new era in radio. The LCRA
created the potential for thousands of stations to join the airwaves across the
United States. A Low Power FM station has the strength of about a 100-watt
light bulb and a signal that typically covers a range of three to five miles.
The Space Needle, Mount Rainier, good music, great coffee, the
list goes on.
But if you’re the chair of the Federal Communications
Commission, there’s another good reason to visit Seattle: Sen. Maria Cantwell’s personal request that
the FCC hold a public hearing on media consolidation.
World Press Freedom Day came
and went earlier this month. While it’s important to take a day to recognize
our right to speak and share information, threats to our First Amendment
freedoms happen all the time, everywhere.
It's a threat that will become very real on the streets of Chicago this weekend as a new breed of journalists and onlookers attempt to cover the
protests surrounding the NATO summit.