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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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Sue Wilson tells important stories which move politicians to act. The Emmy winning director of the media reform documentary "Broadcast Blues" and editor of SueWilsonReports.com, Sue recently founded the Media Action Center. Wilson was 1987's (more...)
 

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