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to bills as soon as there are parents to use their instruction free this is one of the outcomes of a high level summit where nato missile defense plans on moscow's w t l accession or also discussed. now we take a look behind the scenes of the u.s. news industry in a special report. brooks jackson at least a fact check team for the anybody school of communications the 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. to that are being replaced by flat screen technology not john mccain's phone. this mccain aide is part of
a pattern. obama is actually proposing is a tax cut for most analysts eighty percent probably in a tax increase only for families making over two hundred fifty thousand dollars a year. actually we call this a pattern of misrepresentation a pattern of deceit which is something we don't often say jackson says fact 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 unprecedented amounts of cash thrown at political advertising in this election it's 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 ads is true or not why can't we just abandon all political television
advertising because in one thousand nine hundred seventy five the supreme court ruled that money equals free speech. not when we caught up with congressman john two little outside his two thousand and six congressional debate with democratic challenger charlie brown when campaigns are just advertising driven advertising is horrendous the expenses. 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 this is congress shall make no law bridging the freedom of speech and the fact of the matter is that part of that to mean of that is that you can 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 affectively denied them the freedom of speech how much money will you be standing 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 eight hundred action and the candidates they spent seventy five percent of their time fund raising for most candidates spend most of their time believe what they see. and. where's the money go right. 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 one nine hundred 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.
of mine at the back we've got an emergent you've got a real mess we've got a. new rail over. you know. we've got have a good material and i don't know it was six degrees below zero in my note north dakota january eighteenth two thousand to seven canadian pacific train cars derailed at one thirty am creating the worst and high. ammonia spill in history just outside the housing track kerosene. a cloud of deadly gas was moving toward the town. my not police sergeant dave goodman heard the call and went to take a look it looked almost like. something out of a cheap for film it was just a large cloud and it just appeared to be rolling towards a minor. car. not what your artificial
but. i am going to. start including the needed his gas mask technique but it was at home inside the poisonous cloud cardholder end of my driveway i want to take work. i had my last year in the garage in eternity my gas mask. and i got my family out of the house now they were in extreme pain. my kids were up for six and eight years old at that time your daughter has twelve ok to town and my kids were you be in the background so they were all concerned. i know my wife has said several times that she was scared there she was either going to sit there and watch our kids die she can bring all parents or i thought she was going to die in front of our kids. bad word tried on the neighbor but going
outside was the worst thing to do we're all over the place we don't know where we're going to and mike johnson fled their home and got lost but they got lucky lundeen family rescued them guys in our know is in our throats everything was a burning burning burning her nerves in happiness to see. when she'll just find a place sit down by each other and all good to talk tomlin dean guided the families into. his basement no lights no heat no information. on the radio you're doing all the. music dispatchers were advising callers to listen to their emergency broadcast station or to read or to see a certain way i can see did you really feel dynamic but a full hour after the crash there was still nothing on k c j b ok or any other radio station play out over three hours what's already a space radio stations or have another have heard nothing on the radio or the t.v. yet should be someone to record it. here is actual footage from inside the patrol
car that night listen carefully you hear the radio playing music. for. america. 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 satellites i got the really on. just going through a toy problem casey g.b. who is the station for quiet at that time for emergency services or anything 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 want what is your emergency why not police tested the emergency alert system a week before but it didn't work that night on one hundred three and cops aren't allowed to interrupt regular programming when they need to interruptions cut and the advertising revenue only the president can do that. if we if we could have had somebody on there would have said stay in your home. we would've 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 run don't think that there's a man down in his right way and i have benefit of meeting him one night when i was
just ran screaming from the room he was my first ticket i ever wrote to and we became good friends after that i won what is your emergency we are speaking to a person who is unaccounted for and his name is john great or no one has heard of him or seen him a good friend of mine died that morning. he so what the c.e.o. of clear channel have to say a model for us and you're trying to compete to sell your customers products which is our business we're in the business of selling our customers products and through our audiences the advertising that we sell we hope that we do accomplish the end 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. 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 a nintendo we think some twenty people and turned the contest every slightly think you can you can hear it before you have to we. see why are we thinking like that 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 that one thing do you think one can revive for one hour in fact ok yeah you're aware that they can have a three b.'s as soon as possible the staff laugh this off take orders anybody is anybody dying in there we've got to. get basically yes very. pleased ultimately a young woman mother of three children lucius twenty eight years old i'm not mistaken. consume about two gallons of water.
a lot of it you know for you ok you will lay down anywhere you see here. too much water and i had. a feeling you. know i didn't feel like when you're surrounded. just hours later jennifer strange died. the family's attorney asked the f.c.c. to take the radio station's license away for 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 did have a chain of command and they approve this oh yeah why are we giving these people more radio. why aren't we thinking about pulling some of these licenses away from them. today most people don't even know we can challenge stations license not one
person in my not did. you know the ones. who are. not that i'm aware of i'm sure exactly what you mean by the. vice presidential candidate sarah hale and sure knows what it means come january twentieth when i am sworn in as vice president you guys have better knock it off otherwise we'll have to get n.b.c.'s broadcast license revoked let's go to the f.c.c. is website to find out how one does chandler just a sleaze license plaisance challenge that gets us nowhere all right you can surf around the f.c.c. is website forever but if you don't know the secret word you're never going to find it this secret word is titian so you didn't die.
janie agree and steve wilson spent thousands of dollars on a washington law firm to challenge w.p.b. piece license for violating the f.c.c. is news distortion policy so we thought the challenge to a license really based on the facts that came out in 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 our thanks for sending your complaint we're looking into it e-mail letter and 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 overseeing i haven't seen any evidence of it. ok time for a little more information about the f.c.c. five commissioners have the f.c.c. the president chooses three from his own party and two from the opposing party it was president bush who set the agenda through two thousand and eight in two thousand and three bush appointee michael powell tried to consolidate the media even further and wrote rules that matched the times if they got away with what they wanted to do you can embark in a community where you have one large corporation controlling the bill the newspaper radio stations television stations a cable outlet. in one community their profits would go through the roof i mean if it's stripped one news for a lot of the competition you told me that that sounds like the market it didn't look good three of the five members of the f.c.c. republicans they were all pretty much on the record so you even before we consider any of those who want to get rid of these rules and they go on their marching
orders but the public found out and rose up against us we are saying we got about three million people to weigh in to the f.c.c. that's almost you know one in every hundred americans i don't even think that many people knew there was an f.c.c. law how to get their information to us but they did they were really concerned about this not pauwels 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 the court of appeals in philadelphia reversed. and directed to conduct a war for that tool for the f.c.c.
had to hold more public hearings about consolidation be held six between october two thousand and six and november two thousand and seven artists people spoke about corporate media 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 in my life i think it's all. it's all together such a. lark to europe europe. all the treasures of you not only don't they don't treat you like the lord is about the demise of independent producers. what however the days of independent producer taking his or her created these men on a series or movie of the week 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 forms today's order of men thirty two year old absolute ban on newspaper broadcast cross ownership. last time the commission went down this road the majority heard and felt the outrage of millions of citizens and congress and the court and they're hearing from citizens once again there's a new lawsuit from for me to use 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 now or solution we have both people some close sides in the commerce committee when this was last discussed so there were people on the republican side on the democratic side it's not supporters of israel 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 go to 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 at this taping one democrat would simply do this it 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 interest local control doing otherwise violates the public trust you bell to honor and i'd 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 use my license doesn't matter if i own twelve hundred cars. i. don't have the right to do this on a public airways. take their licenses it's a penny 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 t.v. t. licensed in january of two thousand and five my husband and i challenge the operating license of the fox on station right here in tampa we have proven in court the top ranks of management engaged in news distortion resisting had cost us 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 it since one thousand nine hundred six and virtually no licenses have been revoked at all and i'm trying to confirm or deny that the. primary it's wilson broadcast clueless how are you i'm fine thank you i'm following up on our conversation or i don't know when it
wasn't a week or so ago in terms of the numbers of petitions to deny. somebody is going to have it mary i mean 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 positions to deny very seriously if they don't even know how many they're getting very good at 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. they are having her water and she said if you want to file a freedom of information act or act request go right ahead so that's going to be 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 prisoners days to respond. in the meantime jane a grief 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 tried for the story as the news the favorite series and then w t v piece of goods i think we are going to be indicated on the finding of this theory the f.c.c. said they were confused whether w.t.v. distorted the news and in any case they would not be bound by some state court's decision or petition to deny it had been denied and to stand t.v.'s see see. the. commissioner's final broadcast journalist of twenty years during a film about media issues broadcast lives on july sixteenth of this year i filed a freedom of information act request with your media hero to 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 its license taken away. by law the f.c.c. is to sponsor me within twenty two days it has been four months i have heard nothing. if it chooses to deny licenses are the only means that we the people have to hold stations accountable to the public interest. if you will not stand up or read the people then i have news for you we the people are standing up for ourselves is our media and we are. gonna take it. we're taking it back in our school says the president is a young kid just to leave school since college. campus in the last scenes of the sleaze we're taking it back for reporters if there's nothing zero to
zero story single is good in government is more newspaper there were a t.v. series for the whole environment through congress. fighting for the internet before big media circus roulette. we're putting up our own low power radio towers. remember that the airwaves belong to us if we the people don't take the media back no one will. lose. face the people.