The FCC vs the NAB

The Revolution has started in full view, and will become obvious on May 1st, the traditional celebration of the Russian Communists held by the international labor unions.

Julius Genachowski is the head of the FCC.  He is a close friend of Barack Obama, having worked with him editing the Harvard Law Review.

The top 4 TV stations in the top 50 markets have been told they must put extensive information online on the web of who is buying political advertisements on their station.

The NAB essentially created the FCC in 1934 as the quasi governmental “Commission” empowered to protect the commercial radio interests from competition, especially non-commercial left wing political groups.

The NAB is not upset that it is becoming the middleman in publishing information about who is exercising their right to free speech, allowing OWS and union thugs to target them for retaliation. The NAB’s objection is the FCC is requiring the TV stations to publish the rates they charge for the ads.

You may wonder how the FCC was empowered to make rules regarding the content of TV web sites and creating rules about political advertising.  The answer is it was a provision in the 2002 Campaign Reform Act, aka McCain-Feingold.


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3 Responses to The FCC vs the NAB

  1. prboylan says:

    Is there a Federal law that says a TV station MUST have a companion website? Is there a requirement that the TV station have any external internet connections with the public? If not, the easy way to thumb one’s nose at this law would be to shut down the official station website and have “friends of the station” set up a independent fan-based website.

    • Art Stone says:

      In Radio, there is an on again / off again requirement that IF a radio station has a web site, then they MUST post their EEOC reports on the web site. A court ruled the FCC has no jurisdiction over hiring practices of radio stations and threw their regulation out – but the FCC has returned to try to enforce that rule. Without looking it up, I’m not sure why they have the power now. Perhaps it was a line somewhere in the 2000+ page Obmacare law.

    • Art Stone says:

      Web sites are an interesting loophole for non-commercial stations. Low Power FM (LPFM) stations are not allowed to run commercials even if they are in the Commercial part of the FM band. The main “marker” for a commercial is a “call for action” – suggesting that the listener do something – visit the store, buy a product,

      Low Power FM radio stations need money to operate. Either they do so by begging, by some rich sugar daddy funding it, or by selling advertisements…. on their web site. So while they can’t say “Joe’s Diner is having an all you can eat crab special on Friday nights for $11.95” on the air, they can say “Joe’s diner is a supporter of this station. If you would like to learn more about Joe’s Diner, visit the web site for more information”, which can then have paid advertisements for Joe’s Diner.

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