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Scott Walker and the GOP Turning First Amendment Rights Upside Down

Sue Wilson | Posted 05.22.2015 | Media
Sue Wilson

It's been a year since the First Amendment suffered a gigantic blow as a result of the 2012 Scott Walker recall campaign. Now, there is another threat to free speech, stemming from that same recall of GOP presidential hopeful Walker looming at the Wisconsin State Supreme Court.

FCC: No More Equal Time Requirements for Political Campaign Supporters Over Our Public Airwaves

Sue Wilson | Posted 07.14.2014 | Media
Sue Wilson

The 2014 FCC has now spoken [PDF] in response to a complaint filed by my not-for-profit, the Media Action Center (MAC). Unfortunately, their response ...

The Agitprop of Ajit Pai: The Republican FCC Commissioner Calls Out the Troops

Sue Wilson | Posted 05.04.2014 | Media
Sue Wilson

The entire right-wing mediasphere flexed its powerful muscles last week against its only regulator, the Federal Communications Commission.

Will the FCC Finally Act to Enforce the Rule of Law and Protect Our Public Airwaves?

Sue Wilson | Posted 01.27.2013 | Media
Sue Wilson

In Milwaukee five right-wing talkers on two stations directly supported Republican candidates 15 hours a day, five days a week. But these are public airwaves, not Republican airwaves, so the Media Action Center filed a legal challenge with the FCC to deny WISN and WTMJ their licenses.

Did Our Public Airwaves Win It for Walker?

Sue Wilson | Posted 08.10.2012 | Media
Sue Wilson

As owners of the air -- our public airwaves, to be precise -- there is plenty we can do to combat the corrosive effect of big money on our elections, by holding our partners in broadcasting, local TV and radio stations, accountable.

Putting Talk Radio on Trial at the FCC

Sue Wilson | Posted 08.01.2012 | Media
Sue Wilson

I believe I have found the legal means to put Talk Radio on trial at the FCC -- and perhaps eventually at the Supreme Court. The Wisconsin recall of Governor Scott Walker presented a golden opportunity.