Tell FCC: Give Comparable Time on Radio!

Sue  Wilson
Sue Wilson 1 Comments
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We at Media Action Center have filed a formal complaint with the FCC against Clear Channel's WISN radio and Journal Communications' WTMJ Radio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  A recent report by the Media Action Center revealed that in the days leading up to the Scott Walker Recall election, each gave about 80 minutes per day of free time to Walker and the GOP, but virtually none to the Democrats.  Add it up, and the two stations gave more than a MILLION DOLLARS to the GOP - on our publicly owned airwaves. 

This is not only unfair, but it is violating the FCC's Zapple Doctrine.  That rule states that in the 60 days before an election, if a radio station gives supporters of one party's candidates free time, it must give the supporters of the opposing party's candidates comparable time.

The FCC's ruling could effect ALL talk shows in the upcoming 2012 general election, from Rush Limbaugh on down the line.  Says Talker's Magazine , "The FCC rules on this matter may have a significant effect on the upcoming Fall national and state elections."

The FCC is essentially the law enforcement agency in this matter.  The problem is, they are not sure they want to enforce this rule.  We need them to hear from the public.  Please tell the FCC we demand parity on our airwaves during election campaigns!

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Here is the complaint to the FCC:
http://www.mediaactioncenter.net/p/formal-complaint-to-fcc-re-wisn-and.html

Here is the full report:  http://www.mediaactioncenter.net/2012/05/scott-walker-recall-talk-radio.html

Here is the press conference announcing the results of our monitoring and details of our plans:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BebETJJlcU&feature=youtu.be
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  • aaron krautkramer
    aaron krautkramer United States, Neenah
    Mar 07, 2014
    Mar 07, 2014
    level the playing field, take big business out of my government! equal time on my public radio stations please:)
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