Free Press staff and volunteers have inspected political files at hundreds of local TV stations in cities around the U.S. We’ve got some tips on how you can use this data to write an article, a blog post or a letter to your local paper.
An estimated $3.3 billion in political advertising dollars will pour into local television stations this year. But how much news and information will these stations provide to counteract the political propaganda? You can help us find out.
Our new report tracks political ad spending in Denver. Since Aug. 1, campaigns, Super PACs and other groups have bought time to air more than 26,000 ads on the city’s four major-network affiliate stations.
Many of the ads — if not most of them — contain misleading information. But that hasn’t stopped these stations from continuing to do business with the groups that have purchased ad time — even groups that local newscasters called out for spreading dishonest information.
In this report, Free Press focuses on ads from the five Super PACs and outside groups spending the most in Denver. Read the full report here.
With more than $3.3 billion in political ad spending projected by Election Day, Free Press has turned its attention to the local television stations airing these ads. Left in the Dark explores whether stations barraging viewers with political ads are balancing this out with coverage of the role money is playing in this year’s elections. Read the full report here.
Free Press, Public Knowledge and the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute notified AT&T of their intent to file a formal complaint against the company. In the complaint, the three organizations will assert that AT&T is violating Net Neutrality by blocking the popular video-conferencing application FaceTime. The groups will file the complaint with the Federal Communications Commission in the coming weeks.