Email date: 5/23/08
In this update:
1. FCC rules rejected in Senate, knockout punch needed in House
2. Why media reform matters
3. The genesis of state budget hocus-pocus
4. Dead elephants in the middle of the road
A big thanks to all of you who took the time to contact Senator Herb Kohl in advance of the vote in the U.S. Senate on the Federal Communications Commission’s latest attempt to deep-six protections against consolidation of media ownership. The Senate voted to reject the FCC’s plan. Now the fight moves to the House of Representatives. Please take a few minutes once again to contact your representative in the House.
A new study of network news coverage of the presidential race shows that in the six weeks leading up to February 5, when 24 states held primaries or caucuses, there was an average of nine news stories per night on the election on network TV. You’d think that after all those stories, viewers would be well-informed about policy platforms, economic plans, foreign policy goals and other substantive differences among what was then an expansive field of candidates. Unfortunately, you’d be wrong.
The subject of our latest Big Money Blog is the failing health of what in recent years has been Wisconsin’s majority party.