Huffington Post Asks 'What Is Bonafide News'?
May 31, 2013 at 3:56 AM (PT)
With TOM WHEELER nominated by Pres. OBAMA as the new Chair of the FCC, THE HUFFINGTON POST asks, will "one of the first questions WHEELER's FCC will have to (reluctantly?) decide: Is Talk radio the same as "bonafide news"?"
The report notes that PEW RESEARCH has found that more than 75% of all Americans feel Talk is not news.
"This 'bonafide news' question has its roots in an urgent complaint filed at the FCC in the middle of the 2012 SCOTT WALKER gubernatorial recall campaign in WISCONSIN," writes THE HUFF POST. "Two huge local AM radio stations (CCM+E Talk WISN and JOURNAL Talk WTMJ) were actively promoting candidate WALKER on their local Talk radio programs for about 160 minutes a day, every day, even using our publicly-owned airwaves to recruit volunteers for the WALKER campaign. But neither station would allow a single supporter of the other candidate (Democrat TOM BARRETT) on their shows. Such selective private censorship over our public airwaves violates not only the First Amendment -- by denying certain individuals free speech -- but also the 'Zapple Doctrine,' a little-known FCC rule (also called the quasi-equal opportunities rule) that requires stations to provide comparable time for supporters of both political parties when it is requested."
The MEDIA ACTION CENTER teamed with WISCONSIN citizens, and filed a complaint on MAY 24th, 2012, with no response from the FCC. "MAC next filed a legal petition to deny the operating license of WTMJ," adds HUFF POST. WTMJ attorneys responded that their Talk radio shows are "bonafide news."