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Did Our Public Airwaves "Win" it for Walker?

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But when ads lie to the public, over our publicly owned airwaves, aren't we the people also being damaged?  Isn't our very democracy being damaged when local broadcasters, who are licensed to broadcast only if they serve the public interest, putting giant profits ahead of making certain that the ads are factual?  We should have the standing to develop a class action suit asserting our right to factual campaign information over our public airwaves.  Our First Amendment rights are paramount in broadcasting, after all, at least according to the United States Supreme Court.

So stand up and exercise your rights!  Set up meetings with your local radio and TV stations and demand fact checking of ads by local management.  Sometimes they will respond positively.  But realize that local licensees are owned by giant corporations, which often care little about service to the local community.   So if they will not serve your needs, exercise your rights in any way you legally can.  Send people in to do daily file inspections (which causes stations to hire extra staff), boycott their advertisers (which sends a financial chill through any station), challenge their licenses.

Bringing about parity over our public airwaves is about finding narrow targets, aiming high and true, and educating the public for their support.  Our motto at Media Action Center:   "Know your rights. Be empowered. Put boots on the ground. And publicize."

What the Scott Walker recall in Wisconsin teaches us is that broadcasting is the number one beneficiary of the money in politics. But broadcasters are legally supposed to be benefitting their owners, We the People.  It's time to stand up for the rights of the real owners of broadcasting -- us.

Originally published at The Brad Blog.

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An ugly and revealing truth from Yahoo article, 'O... by Paul Repstock on Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012 at 10:04:21 AM
in state politics. Ignorance of American politics ... by Paul Repstock on Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012 at 10:15:45 AM
"An ugly and revealing truth from Yahoo article, '... by FrankieC on Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012 at 11:34:17 AM
"the public unions, who draw more and more money f... by Andrew Rogers on Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012 at 1:09:32 PM
is just what we need to shake up both parties. I'm... by Sue Wilson on Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012 at 11:12:36 AM
Oh good! Another government censorship person. Per... by FrankieC on Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012 at 11:28:39 AM
Frankie,Try reading the article before you respond... by Andrew Rogers on Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012 at 12:53:59 PM
I am so tired of people pretending that I am in th... by Sue Wilson on Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012 at 12:54:18 PM
because that is all that we are getting is propaga... by zon moy on Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012 at 3:30:36 PM
Did Our Public Airwaves "Win" it for Walker? Abso... by FrankieC on Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012 at 11:24:54 AM
No, a slight majority of the people voted against ... by Andrew Rogers on Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012 at 1:04:16 PM
I'm looking forward to your answer, but I doubt th... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012 at 1:14:24 PM
Mark, you're bringing up the million dollar questi... by Sue Wilson on Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012 at 6:23:05 PM
I signed the petition, and I think that a lot of p... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012 at 11:42:02 PM
You conservatives are too slow to realize the grea... by kappie on Wednesday, Jun 13, 2012 at 9:42:31 AM
Frankie, the Wisconsin voters are completely uninf... by Gustav Wynn on Wednesday, Jun 13, 2012 at 12:23:57 PM