Michael Copps

Op-ed

A Campaign Of, By, and For Big Media


(Plus a Note on Ebenezer Hazard)

Op-ed

Platforms Without Media?

Media policy matters.

Party platforms can be sleepy affairs. In recent years, platform writing too often became an exercise of box-checking to “reach out and touch” as many interest groups as possible so everyone felt involved, with an anodyne sentence or two thrown in so these interests felt included. Long on generalities and short on specifics, platforms in recent years were routinely adopted at the party’s convention—and then promptly forgotten.

Op-ed

Untold Stories Matter, Too

Pretend you’re a journalist (if you really are one, ignore that but read on anyhow) and someone calls and says “I’ve got a good and timely story that I think your readers/listeners would like to know about. There is a government agency that has both the authority and the responsibility to help clean up our broken big-money election campaigns—and it is refusing to do its job.” Let me explain.

Op-ed

The Scariest Cable Merger Nobody In Washington Is Talking About

Charter’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks points a dagger directly at competition, diversity in programming and consumer rights

When Comcast tried to merge with Time Warner Cable last year, reaction was swift and negative. Not many people liked the idea of America’s largest and least loved cable company getting any bigger; the deal collapsed after hundreds of thousands of Americans spoke out and federal regulators signaled that they would not let it go forward.