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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, Wilson has won Emmys and awards from Associated Press, RTNDA, and PRNDI for her work at CBS, PBS, FOX, and NPR.

Having seen first hand how poor public policy corrupted broadcasting, Wilson blew the whistle on broadcasters and the FCC with her award winning documentary, Broadcast Blues. She next started the media reform organization Media Action Center to empower people to reclaim their publicly owned airwaves. Her blog, SueWilsonReports.com, turns a critical eye on the media itself, and she is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post.

Entries by Sue Wilson

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

(6) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 4:08 AM

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 comes as little surprise.

It might, however, come as a surprise to the 1972 FCC. That year, the Federal...

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The FCC -- Actually Enforcing Its Own Rules?

(10) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 4:30 PM

There is a new sheriff at the FCC, and it looks like Tom Wheeler is here to protect the townspeople, not the outlaws.

As new chair, Wheeler explained in a statement last Thursday, "Protecting Television Consumers by Protecting Competition," the FCC is required by law to assess...

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

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 9:23 AM

This article originally published by The BRAD BLOG...

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

It started when the new Republican FCC Commissioner, Ajit Pai, ignored traditional inter-agency channels and went straight to the Rupert Murdoch-owned Wall Street...

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Step Up to the Microphone!

(1) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 6:39 PM

Scan across just about any radio dial in the entire country, and you'll hear exactly the same big city, big corporate programming: Rush Limbaugh, Fox Sports, Top 40, NPR.

But what about local programming? Where are the reporters covering the city council or the county board of supervisors? High...

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Tell the FCC: Talk Radio Is Not 'Bonafide News!'

(142) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 6:08 PM

Originally published by The BRAD BLOG...

President Obama recently nominated Tom Wheeler as the new Chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the federal agency tasked with protecting the public interest in broadcasting, particularly over our public airwaves.

One of the first questions Wheeler's FCC will...

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

(42) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 8:39 PM

There is a little-known ritual that occurs in the election years when Democrats prevail: Big "Conservative" Media starts to pull progressive talk radio off the air. I documented this in my 2009 documentary film Broadcast Blues: After Democratic candidates made big gains in 2006, Clear Channel and other...

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Facts Reign on Ryan's Charade

(37) Comments | Posted October 13, 2012 | 3:26 PM

Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan stepped into the vice presidential debate prepped with a cadre of misstatements to confuse voters (24, according to Think Progress' count.) But he didn't get away with much, what with Vice President Joe Biden giving him a drubbing ("Facts matter," Biden said again and...

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Did Our Public Airwaves Win It for Walker?

(101) Comments | Posted June 10, 2012 | 9:20 PM

Whatever questions remain about Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's recall election, there is no question that his campaign was built on big money, the likes of which we've never seen in a gubernatorial campaign before. And where did all that money go? Right into thin air...

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Putting Talk Radio on Trial at the FCC

(196) Comments | Posted June 1, 2012 | 11:14 AM

Anyone remember a time when radio seemed friendly and informative, rather than hostile and manipulative?

I do. And I remember when it changed in 1996, after Bill Clinton signed the Telecommunications Act into law, and suddenly, huge corporations like Clear Channel began using our public airwaves -- those...

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Standing Up in Wisconsin and Beyond for Our Rights in Radio!

(51) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 11:00 AM

There is much talk amongst radio talk show hosts about their rights of Free Speech. I do not condone any kind of censorship (outside incitement to violence,) and agree radio talkers have their rights. But so do We the People, and it is time we stand up for...

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Fairness Doctrine Demise Gives Rise to the Public Interest

(69) Comments | Posted August 26, 2011 | 2:28 PM

Wednesday, August 24, 2011, the FCC made it official: the Fairness Doctrine is dead and buried. But public interest obligations, on the other hand, are clearly alive and well!

The announcement about the final elimination of the Fairness Doctrine, (first made Monday but not officially codified...

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President Obama: Don't Just Scold the Media, Fix It!

(62) Comments | Posted April 29, 2011 | 4:31 PM

After revealing his "long form" birth certificate Wednesday, President Obama scolded the news media for letting this non-issue become a national obsession.

But if President Obama really wants to restore reporting to its rightful role, he needs to act on commitments he made immediately after his...

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Why Did Donna Brazile Use the F-word in Oprah's Magazine? (Hint: Rush Limbaugh)

(25) Comments | Posted October 21, 2010 | 4:17 PM

In the October issue of O magazine, the DCCC's Donna Brazile did the unthinkable: she used the "F" word -- in Oprah Winfrey's publication, no less. Eyebrows are being raised across the political spectrum.

Okay, not that "F" word, but one that is far more controversial: Brazile says...

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FCC Doesn't Need No Stinking Rules

(6) Comments | Posted September 8, 2010 | 11:16 AM

Wow. The FCC just fined a radio station $4,000 for getting a date wrong in some radio contest rules. If that infraction is worth four grand, whatever will the FCC do to the station which killed someone because it failed to give contestants any rules at all?...

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Florida: Weak Election Audits Only, Thank You

(1) Comments | Posted August 6, 2010 | 11:50 AM

August 5, 2010

In Sarasota, Florida today, a four year long battle over real election accountability has come to a bitter end.

Way back in January, 2006, Sarasota Alliance for Fair Elections started gathering petitions to qualify a charter amendment for the November ballot, calling for paper ballots...

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Hate Radio and the War on Immigration

(35) Comments | Posted July 27, 2010 | 1:54 PM

Unless the courts prevent it, the contentious Arizona immigration law Senate Bill 1070, which gives police power to racially profile people of color, will go into effect Thursday, July 29. Both friends and foes of the law are girding for battle, and the war of words is...

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Immigration Reform: A Victim of Misinformation?

(26) Comments | Posted July 12, 2010 | 3:24 PM

A diverse group of conservative, mainly Republican religious leaders are touring the country in support of comprehensive immigration reform. Their goal: to target Republicans who can be convinced that immigration reform is a moral imperative.

In a conference call Conservatives for Comprehensive Immigration Reform held Wednesday, moderator...

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Communications Act Redux: A Chance for the States to Unite!

(6) Comments | Posted June 17, 2010 | 11:52 AM

Four Democratic leaders, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, West Virginia Sen. John D. Rockefeller, Virginia Rep. Rick Boucher, and California Rep. Henry Waxman are taking aim this month at what I like to call Public Enemy Number One: the 1996 Telecommunications...

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A Funny Thing Happened at Stanford's FCC Hearing

(3) Comments | Posted May 27, 2010 | 3:21 PM

Last Friday, the Federal Communications Commission held a hearing about Media Ownership at Stanford University. It is part of an ongoing requirement that every three years, the FCC take public comment about who owns licenses to broadcast, what rules license holders should follow, where under-served communities lie, how to balance...

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Putting the Public Back into Public Interest Broadcasting

(18) Comments | Posted March 11, 2010 | 1:00 PM

Broadcasters are licensed to serve the public interest. If a radio or TV station does not serve the public interest, the FCC can take its license to broadcast away, and give the opportunity to make millions using the public airwaves to someone else.

Yes, we the people do have...

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