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The Wavelength: Court to FCC do your freakin job! Plus: how the NewsCorps scandal impacts u.s. media

Posted July 12, 2011 | 01:11:08 (EST)

Welcome to the final edition of The Wavelength, a bi-weekly roundup of news and analysis focused on media policy. Stay tuned for more reporting on the ongoing impact of media policy from members of The Media Consortium.

By Eric K. Arnold, Media Consortium Blogger

Just when it seemed that...

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The Wavelength: FCC Decries Lack of Media Diversity, Stymies Low Power TV

Posted June 27, 2011 | 22:15:14 (EST)

by Eric K. Arnold, Media Consortium blogger

Local coverage and diversity are in short supply in today's media landscape-especially when it comes to broadcast and cable TV. But there is hope. In markets like the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, Low Power TV (LPTV) has emerged as a...

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The Wavelength: WikiLeaks Isn't Sexy Enough for U.S. Media

Posted June 20, 2011 | 13:25:35 (EST)

By Eric K. Arnold, Media Consortium Blogger

While mainstream media news cycles have been dominated by political sex scandals, important global stories have gone under-reported. According to AlterNet's Rania Khalek, many of these stories were broken by WikiLeaks. Khalek spotlights five key revelations of 2011, including:

How WikiLeaks spurred on...

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The Wavelength: Attack of the Media Mega-Mergers! Skyprosoft, AT&T-Mobile and more

Posted May 17, 2011 | 12:01:43 (EST)

By Eric Arnold

Another day, another media mega-merger. The latest? Microsoft is buying Skype, the Internet communications company, for $8.5 billion.

So exactly what does the Skyprosoft deal mean for consumers? That's the eight-point-five billion-dollar question. Public News Service's Mark Scheerer says the deal could be beneficial if - and...

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Weekly Mulch: House Republicans Push for Renewed Offshore Drilling

Posted May 6, 2011 | 23:50:06 (EST)

Ed. note: This is the final edition of the Mulch. To keep up with the best environmental coverage the progressive media has to offer, follow The Media Consortium on Twitter or connect with us on Facebook.

House Republicans passed a bill yesterday afternoon that would require the Obama administration...

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Weekly Diaspora: What Homeland Security Looks Like After Bin Laden's Death

Posted May 5, 2011 | 20:37:04 (EST)

by Catherine A. Traywick, Media Consortium blogger

Nearly a decade ago, America's War on Terror began as a manhunt for Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks. But over the next nine years, that anti-terrorism effort evolved into a multi-faceted crusade: birthing a new...

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The Wavelength: "Underdog" AT&T Tells FCC That Eliminating Competitors Will Increase Competition

Posted May 4, 2011 | 17:57:01 (EST)

image courtesy flickr/creative commonsby Eric K. Arnold, Media Consortium blogger

The proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger continues to dominate media policy headlines, but the wireless merger isn't the only game in town. AOL's recent buyout of the Huffington Post has raised intellectual...

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Weekly Audit: The Closing Bell

Posted May 3, 2011 | 16:25:30 (EST)

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger

This week marks the final edition of the Weekly Audit. It has been a pleasure compiling the best financial and economic writing in the Media Consortium. Thanks to all the contributors whose work we've showcased and to all the loyal readers who have shared...

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Wavelength: "Underdog" AT&T Tells FCC That Eliminating Competitors Will Increase Competition

Posted May 2, 2011 | 20:47:28 (EST)

image courtesy flickr/creative commonsby Eric K. Arnold, Media Consortium blogger

The proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger continues to dominate media policy headlines, but the wireless merger isn't the only game in town. AOL's recent buyout of the Huffington Post has raised intellectual...

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Weekly Mulch: Greening the Royal Wedding is the Least of Our Worries

Posted April 29, 2011 | 12:26:05 (EST)

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger

The biggest news for the environment this week might just be that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took pains to add a couple of green touches to this morning's Royal Wedding. The flowers were seasonal, the food locally grown, and the emissions offset.

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Weekly Diaspora: One Year After SB 1070, What's Changed?

Posted April 28, 2011 | 12:44:44 (EST)

by Catherine A. Traywick, Medica Consortium blogger

A year ago this month, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 into law, effectively pushing an already vibrant anti-immigrant movement to a new extreme. Over the following months, immigrant rights advocates prepared for the worst, and grappled with multiple setbacks as other...

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Weekly Pulse: Single-Payer Bills Pass Vermont Senate, House

Posted April 27, 2011 | 13:03:52 (EST)

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger

The Vermont state Senate passed legislation to create a single-payer health insurance system, Paul Waldman reports for TAPPED. Since the state House has already passed a similar bill, all that's left to do is reconcile the two pieces of legislation before the governor...

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Weekly Audit: Hostage-Taking Over the Debt Ceiling

Posted April 26, 2011 | 13:37:26 (EST)

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger

The latest contrived showdown between Congressional Republicans and the White House is over what concessions the GOP will demand in order to increase the federal debt ceiling.

George Zornick of The Nation explains how the shakedown works:

Congress now needs to approve any...

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Weekly Mulch: One Year After the BP Oil Spill, None the Wiser

Posted April 22, 2011 | 14:15:36 (EST)

By Megan Hagist, Media Consortium blogger

One year after the worst oil spill in U.S. history began, key questions about its environmental impact remain unanswered. The 4.9 million barrels of BP oil that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico continue to threaten marine wildlife and other vile surprises have surfaced...

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Weekly Diaspora: How Bad U.S.-Latin American Policy Fuels Unauthorized Immigration

Posted April 21, 2011 | 15:32:41 (EST)

By Catherine A. Traywick, Media Consortium blogger

Too often, the immigration debate in this country ignores the role U.S. foreign policy plays in fueling unauthorized immigration. But as the Obama administration continues to stall on immigration reform in the United States--all the while moving forward with two contentious trade agreements...

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Weekly Pulse: DCCC Ad Shows Grandpa Stripping for Extra Cash to Pay for Medicare

Posted April 20, 2011 | 12:58:20 (EST)

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger

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How will the next generation of seniors pay for health care if Republicans privatize Medicare? The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) suggests some options in a darkly funny ad featuring a grandfatherly gentleman mowing lawns and stripping for extra cash. The...

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Weekly Audit: The Shocking Truth About Taxes

Posted April 19, 2011 | 16:27:23 (EST)

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger

The super rich are different from you and me. For one thing, their tax rates are lower.

According to IRS statistics, the nation's top 400 taxpayers increased their average income by 392% and slashed their average tax rate by 37% between 1992 and...

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The Wavelength: The Battle Over Net Neutrality Rages On

Posted April 18, 2011 | 18:01:26 (EST)

By Eric K. Arnold, Media Consortium blogger

Four months after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) supposedly settled the issue, the battle over Net Neutrality is still raging. If anything, it's just beginning to heat up. On April 8, the Republican-controlled Congress resolved to repeal the FCC's recent legislation...

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Weekly Mulch: Cost-Cutting at the Environment's Peril

Posted April 15, 2011 | 17:56:24 (EST)

By Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger

In Washington, the environment is under attack. The cost-cutting deal that the House passed yesterday stripped the Environmental Protection Agency of $1.6 billion, which made up 16% of the agency's budget. Funds for clean energy were cut. Republicans put in a provision that would...

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Weekly Pulse: Paul Ryan's Medicare Swindle

Posted April 13, 2011 | 12:23:04 (EST)

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger

Robert Parry in In These Times examines how Paul Ryan's budget test would turn healthcare for the elderly into one big free-market death panel.

Ryan's plan privatizes Medicare, replacing it with premium support for insurance companies. That means the government would kick in...

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