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Journalism Students Answer My Call to Uncover Political Ad Data

Posted: 04/25/2012 3:54 pm

I was very pleased to find this video in my inbox this morning. Two intrepid journalism students from Kent State -- Megan Closser and Shanice Dunning -- took me up on my challenge to visit their local TV stations and uncover data behind the political ads they run.

Naturally, they took their cameras, but faced a surprising amount of resistance to using them, as you can see in their full report. (I'll be showing a clip at the top of my show this weekend.)

The FCC is expected to vote this Friday on a proposal that will require broadcasters to post their ad data online, so students like these -- as well as you -- won't have to play detective to find out how loudly money talks on TV. I invite you to visit the Campaign Ad Watch area on BillMoyers.com to learn more.

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