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quality dot com brooks jackson leads the pack team for the anybody school of communications they revealed misleading political ads coming from republicans and democrats alike just let me show you a few examples. well the obama ad. the fact is that corning plant shut down because it made old fashioned cathode ray tube t.v. tunes that are being replaced by flat screen technology not john mccain's for. this mccain aide as part of a pattern. for obama's actually proposing is a tax cut for most of us eighty percent probably right and a tax increase only for families making over two hundred fifty thousand dollars a year. that. we call this a pattern of misrepresentation
a pattern of deceit which is something we don't often say jackson says that checking by news organizations in two thousand and eight has been better than in previous years you know still t.v. stations are making a lot of money from these t.v. ads we're seeing just on the pressure that amounts of cash thrown at political advertising in this election has always seemed to me that a television station that's making so much money off of these things owes the audience the viewers a responsibility to channel a little bit of that money back into check and whether or not what's being said in those areas is true and why can't we just ban all political television advertising because in one thousand seventy five the supreme court ruled that money equals free speech. not when we caught up with congressman john to little outside his two thousand and six congressional debate with democratic challenger charlie brown the campaigns are just advertising driven advertising is horrendous very
expensive certainly electronic media is ridiculously expensive and that's the best way that everybody wants to my point is where to respect the first amendment says congress shall make no law bridging the freedom of speech and the fact of the matter is that part of the meaning of that is that you can't control the means of making a speech you have to let people raise the money in order to be able to get their message out otherwise you've affectedly denied them the freedom of speech how much money will you be spending on electronic media in this campaign that is a trade secret it is an open secret that nearly three billion dollars were spent on campaign ads in the two thousand a lecturer and the candidates they spent seventy five percent of their time fund raising for most candidates most of the time believe what race. and politics where is the money go right back. so we can
stop those practices by ensuring the candidates are given free airtime that's a very simple thing the gore commission that was done back in nineteen ninety eight ninety nine there is a proposal that the networks provide. and there licensees provide five minutes of airtime to candidates that went nowhere any free airtime proposal means less profits for broadcasters profits that according to the f.c.c. top forty six percent. that might have been bad if it is we've got an emergent competitor realm and we've got a quote. over. it you know. we've got have a good material and i know it was six degrees below zero in my night or thick on january eighteenth two thousand to seven canadian pacific train cars derailed at
one thirty am creating the worst in hydrous ammonia spill in history just outside the housing tract. a cloud of deadly gas was moving toward the town. my not police sergeant dave goodman heard the call to take a look it looked like. something out of the. fourth film it was just a large cloud and it just appeared to be rolling towards a minor. car. on what your part of. our. sergent goodman needed his gas mask but it was at home inside the poisonous cloud. of my driveway i want to work. here in the garage anyway. now
there were in extreme pain. my kids. for six to eight years old at that time your daughter has twelve ok to town and my kids are screaming in the background so they were all concerned. and i know my wife for six or seven years she was scared there she was either going to sit there or watch our kids die you can bring all parents. i thought she was going to die in front of our kids. bad work try going to paper but going outside was the worst thing to do we were all over the president we were going to and mike johnson fled their home and got lost i think i'm lucky to lundeen family rescue them in our know is in our throats everything was a burning burning burning for years to see the sun be blown up when she'll just find a place sit on bunch other and all get some talks tomlin dean guided the families
into his basement no lights no heat no information for you on the radio you're doing. music dispatchers were advising callers to listen to their emergency broadcast station or sirius. kit in real time candy but a full hour after the crash there was still nothing on q.c. j d ok or any other radio station with that play out over the radio radio station at a radio station fair. never heard nothing on the radio or t.v. yet could be someone original but it really. here is actual footage from inside the patrol car that night listen carefully you hear the radio playing music. here. there were eight commercial. radio stations in my not six of them including q
c j b had been bought by one company clear channel they were programmed from twelve hundred miles away the a satellite i've got the radio on. and just going through it all its own case in g.b. who is the station for what at that time for emergency services only thing we heard on the radio was what time it was and the temperature what time it was and the temperature and that just gets old one forty one forty five to fifteen to twenty oh it was awful only the time in town that's all we heard over and over and over and over again. and country music they were one what is your emergency why not police tested the emergency alert system the week before but it didn't work that night and i don't want to hear more than three and cops aren't allowed to interrupt regular programming when they need to have interruptions cut into advertising revenue only the president can do that. if we if we could have had somebody on that
would have said stay in your home we would have yes we would have our lives would be much much better we have lots of health issues now because we were out in it for twenty two minutes because we didn't know what it was no one could reach the emergency broadcaster by telephone clear channel was consolidating all six of its stations into one building and had cut the line just one broken telephone line meant no one could reach anyone at six different local radio stations i don't want to let him think that there is a man down and just right we have the benefit of musing him one night when i was just brand spanking new and he was my first take it i have a rule to everything good friends are i want one what is your emergency we are seeking a person who is unaccounted for and his name is johnny great big or no one has heard of him or seen him a good friend of mine died that morning. b. so what did the c.e.o.
of clear channel have to say about threats and you're trying to compete to sell your customer products which is our business we're in the business of selling our customers products and through our audience is the advertising that we sell we hope that we do accomplish it is our absolute commitment to be a public service conduit to every single market that we're in which we do achieve in every single market that we're in and. broadcasters can neglect the public in other ways take the case of intercoms radio station in sacramento k d n d who sponsored a water drinking contest hold your we to win and intend to we play think some twenty people enter the contest and which one do you think you can you can hear it before you have to we owe you why are we thinking like. during the show any number
of people were calling in and saying look this is a dangerous stunt someone could die of kind of people are drinking on the alarm thing do you think i'm going to retire from one country can't get a are aware that there is a good bass player releases soon are responsible the staff laugh this off take orders anybody is anybody dying in there. could be safely. the way. we all to mentally a young woman mother of three children who she was twenty eight years old i'm not mistaken. consume about two gallons of water. really a lot of a good for you ok you're only down anywhere you. know too much water and i had. a feeling you. know i didn't want to feel like when you're drowning. just hours later jennifer strange died. the family's
attorney asked the f.c.c. to take the radio station's license away but two years later the f.c.c. has done nothing with that intercom station instead it has rewarded intercourse with fourteen additional station licenses let's look at it to which your entercom doesn't have the chain of command in which case why are they giving licenses or they didn't have a chain of command and they approve this idea why are we giving these people or radio license why aren't we thinking about pulling some of these licenses away from them today most people don't even know we can challenge a station's license not one person in minor i did. for instance the rules or. not that i'm aware of. sure exactly what you mean by the. vice presidential candidate
sarah palin was sure knows what it means that come january twentieth when i am sworn in as vice president you guys had better knock it off otherwise we'll have to get in b.c.s. broadcast license revoked let's go to the f.c.c. is website find out how one does channel or just stations license plaisance. challenge that it says no way or great you can surf around the f.c.c. is website forever but if you don't know the secret words you're never going to find it the secret word is titian if you didn't marry. jane a creep and steve wilson spent thousands of dollars on a blog into law firm to challenge w t v p's license for violating the f.c.c. is a news distortion policy so we filed a challenge to a license really based on the facts that came out of our case nothing new here we filed that january of two thousand and five and here we are. many years later the
f.c.c. has not ever gotten back to us with anything have not responded they've not sent us thanks for sending your complaint we're looking into it e-mail letter nothing zero absolutely nothing and you understand the whole premise that. the airwaves are a precious commodity there are very few of them so to get these licenses broadcast licenses for free broadcasters are supposed to act in the public interest it's the deal they make providing that privilege that's their mandate and that's what the f.c.c. is supposed to be able to sing i haven't seen any evidence about. ok time for a little more information about the f.c.c. five commissioners had the f.c.c. the president chooses three from his own party and two from the opposing party it was president bush set the agenda through two thousand and eight in two thousand
and three bush appointee michael powell tried to consolidate media even further and wrote rules that matched the times if they got away with what they wanted to do you can involve them in a community where you have one large corporation controlling the daily newspaper radio stations television stations the cable outlet in one community their profits are go through the roof i mean this is stripped down to one newsroom let any competition or you tell me that that sounds like the market didn't look good three of the five members there are sincere republicans they were all pretty much on the record so you can before we consider any others who want to get rid of these rules and they got their marching orders but the public found out and rose up against us we understand we got about three million people to weigh in to the f.c.c. that's almost you know one of every one hundred americans i don't even think that many people knew there was an a c c the law how to get their information to us but they did they were really concerned about this power the f.c.c.
approved consolidation anyway i believe we did our job and i believe we did it well but grassroots media reform activists had a surprise for him so when the f.c.c. clearly didn't listen to the american public we knew that it was our time to act and so with the media access project and many other plaintiffs who joined on to. our case we told the f.c.c. that we would sue them and we took it all the way to the third district court of appeals in philadelphia. court of appeals in philadelphia reversed the have seen since decision and directed it to conduct a do over that duel for the f.c.c. had to hold more public hearings about consolidation they held six between october two thousand and six and november two thousand and seven dardis people spoke about corporate media keeping popular musicians off the air really is the travesty of it is all these fans and all these people that have grown up in these communities listening to those radio stations it's just gone to me that is just the most
anti-american thing i've ever heard of them out life i think it's all. it's all to do. to europe europe. or treasury only. they don't treat you like an artist about the demise of independent producers in hollywood however the days of independent producer taking his or her created this man on a series or movie it will be to completion is a thing of the past in this democrats and republicans joined in opposition to more consolidated media but a competitor can start a local bank or a restaurant you just can't go in and start a radio or t.v. station. because the airwaves are finite and not only are they finite. their own not by the seller but by the people but on december eighteenth two thousand and seven republican members of the f.c.c.
voted to allow broadcasters and newspapers in the same town to have the same owner allowing cross ownership may help to forestall the erosion and local news coverage by enabling companies to share these local news gathering costs across multiple media. today's order amends the thirty two year old absolute ban on newspaper broadcast cross ownership. last time the commission went down this road the majority heard and felt outraged by millions of citizens and congress and the court and they're hearing from citizens once again there's a new lawsuit from radio and media access project and a resolution to disapprove the f.c.c. vote by the u.s. senate we have visited this issue previously i think there is too much concentration in the media and the f.c.c. rule moves in exactly the wrong direction adding more concentration preventing more media consolidation is a bipartisan effort i look at this is not
a partisan issue we are both people both some posts in the commerce committee when this was last discussed there were people on the republican side on the democratic side it's not part of their miserable. not so with the fairness doctrine republicans are trying to make sure the f.c.c. can never bring it back so what does your legislation give the broadcaster freedom act which i'm happy to report is now co-sponsored by every single republican member of the house of representatives and this taping one democrat would simply do this would take the power away from the federal communications commission and to restore the fairness doctrine without an act of congress but there are new battles yet to be waged time after time and hearing after hearing people complain about licensing you must require at least half of all broadcast licenses in every market to go to a local in first local control doing otherwise violates the public trust you bell and i like to say that broadcasting is a lot like driving it's not a right it's
a privilege and if i get caught driving recklessly endangering the public i don't lose my license doesn't matter if i own twelve hundred cars. i. don't have the right to do this on the public airways. take their licenses it's candy before you right now how many people here would like to see clear channel lose six licenses for this kind of broadcasting. cheney returned her turn at the mike at the f.c.c. hearing in tampa w t v t s licensed in january of two thousand and five my husband and i challenge the operating license of the thoughts on station right here in tampa we have proven in court the top ranks of management engaged in news distortion resisting have caused this our jobs more than two years later we have
yet to receive any response from the f.c.c. on the status of that complaint so why is the f.c.c. ignoring license challenges it's the only tool the public has to hold stations accountable i called the f.c.c. to learn how many petitions to deny licenses they have and also why it's the last time they revoked any stations license i have been told that since one thousand nine hundred six virtually no licenses have been revoked at all and i'm trying to confirm or deny that the. primary it sue wilson broadcast lewis how are you i'm fine thank you i'm following up on our conversation i don't know when it wasn't a week or so ago in terms of the numbers of contentions to deny. somebody is going to have it mary i mean but with all due respect the only people who would have it would be the f.c.c. but it seems to me that they're not taking the position to deny very seriously if
that's if they don't even know how many they're getting very good banks. oh she is not happy with me at all. but she just keeps saying i've asked the question and we don't have that information and that is. if they don't have it who would and she said if you want to file a freedom of information act request to go right ahead so directly to the next step was a girl's the press and public can use freedom of information act requests to demand information from the government they have twenty business days to respond. in the meantime finally got her response from the f.c.c. as media bureau remember how for a creator when her case the judge told the jury she'd have to prove the station deliberately try to distort the news the beauty ricci's and then he said good since i think we are indicated on the vine you're busy area the f.c.c. said they were confused whether w t v t distorted the news and in any case they
would not be bound by some state court's decision or petition to deny had been denied to stand on t.v. yes see see. the. commissioner's final broadcast journalist of twenty year is currently a film about media issues broadcast lives on july sixteenth of this year while the freedom of information act request with your media bureau just find out how many petitions to deny broadcasting licenses are currently pending in front of the f.c.c. i also asked what is the last time any station ever had a license taken away. by law the f.c.c. is to despise me within twenty two days it has been four months i have heard nothing. if it says to deny the licenses are the only things that we the people
have to hold stations accountable to the public interest. if you will not stand up for read the people that i have missed or you read that people are standing up for ourselves this is our idea and we are. gonna take it back. we're taking it back in our school system isn't it he can just use for his son's college. campus here let the songs of the slaves we're taking it back for reporters if there's an f.c.c. rule to use goes through single was this is more newspaper and it were a t.v. station the whole revive the green carpet. they were fighting for the internet before big media for the tool that. we're putting up our own low power radio towers. remember that the airwaves belong to us
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