Former Federal Communications Commissioner Michael Copps spoke Thursday about whether the media are strengthening our democracy -- or destroying it. His assessment -- after serving for more than a decade overseeing the industry -- is disturbing.
The political ad invasion is upon us. It's a toxic mix of half truths and negativity that's beaming into homes across the county, but especially homes in battleground states like Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.
The National Association of Broadcasters is betting it can overturn a victory that tens of thousands of people fought hard for, a rule change that met with near-universal support in the non-broadcast media and among public interest advocates.
By requiring full disclosure, the FCC could go a long way toward shedding light on political influence peddling in 2012, and exposing the media's role -- both constructive and otherwise -- in our democracy.
The Mr. Smith in question is Gordon Smith, who is persuading his former colleagues to use a rolling series of secret holds to keep a bill off the floor that would create thousands of new hyper-local community radio stations.