Posted 5 years ago on April 24, 2012, 10:48 p.m. EST by brightonsage
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ProPublica reports:The corporate owners or sister companies of some of the biggest names in journalism—NBC News, ABC News, Fox News, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Politico, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and dozens of local TV news outlets—are lobbying against a Federal Communications Commission measure that would require broadcasters to post political ad data on the internet.
Over the past few months, several major media companies have dispatched top executives or outside lobbyists to the FCC to oppose the proposed rule or to push a watered-down version, disclosure filings show. (The FCC will vote on the issue April 27.)
Among them are:
News Corp., which owns the Wall Street Journal and Fox News; Walt Disney, which owns ABC News and ESPN; NBCUniversal, which is owned by Comcast and includes NBC News; Allbritton, which owns several TV stations and Politico; Gannett Broadcasting, a division of Gannett, which owns USA Today; Post-Newsweek Stations, the broadcast division of The Washington Post Co.; Belo Cos., which owns 20 TV stations; Cox Media Group, which owns the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Austin American-Statesman, and other newspapers and TV stations; Dispatch Broadcast Group, which owns Ohio and Indiana TV stations; Barrington Broadcasting Group, which owns several TV stations around the country; The E.W. Scripps Co., which owns TV stations and newspapers, including the Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tennessee; Hearst Television Inc., which owns 29 stations; Raycom Media, which owns TV stations; Schurz Communications, which owns newspapers and TV stations nationwide.
So, who is on our side? Not the media. How are we going to fix this?