Center for American Progress

Net Neutrality Won’t Stop Some Of The Worst Things About The Internet

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

Long live the open Internet! That was how advocates and network neutrality supporters reacted to the Federal Communications Commission passing its Open Internet Order on Feb 26. Net neutrality supporters quickly heralded it as a victory for startups and consumers who would be shielded from having their content and internet access slowed, banned or blocked by broadband providers.

Mainstream Media Is Missing the Point

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
2

According to a much-discussed recent report in Politico, members of the press are frustrated by their lack of face time with President Barack Obama. Their anger apparently boiled over when they found themselves excluded from the president’s golf outing with Tiger Woods over Presidents Day weekend. Still, it would be hard to find an administration that did not inspire unhappiness among those who have the misfortune of drawing the assignment of covering it for their media outlet.

The Mainstream Media Is Gobbling Up Conservative Crazies

Recommendation:
2

Vice President Joe Biden tried to explain that the right-wing reports alleging that the president sought to take Americans’ guns away was a “bunch of malarkey,” and added, “To be very blunt with you, we’re counting on all of you, the legitimate news media, to cover these discussions.” Good luck with that, Mr. Vice President.

How Conservatives Treat Media Bias

Recommendation:
2

The entire notion of liberal media bias is a lot of nonsense, cooked up by conservatives to be used as a kind of stick with which to beat journalists in the hope of getting better coverage.

Bad News About the News

Recommendation:
1

Unless we, as a society, take more seriously the emergency of the loss of serious, sourced, and verified news reporting that is only picking up steam, we will lose the ability to check the powerful’s ability to manipulate the rest of us as we increasingly leave their victims to their own devices.

Murdoch ‘Unfit?’ Ya Think?

Location:
News Corp, 1211 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY, United States
Recommendation:
2

The headline says it all: “Murdoch Unfit to Lead Media Empire, Says British Report.” It was dated May 1, 2012 on The New York Times homepage (and appeared the following morning on page one). Thing is, if you leave out the part about the British report, the same headline could have appeared any time in the past 20 or more years.

The End of Newspapers and the Decline of Democracy

Location:
Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
2

To retain what’s left of their rapidly disappearing profitability, the newspaper industry-wide response has been to shed staff, to reduce the size of the paper itself (as well as its “news hole,” or the amount of space left in the paper for news after advertising ) and, in some cases, to not publish on certain days. The net result is a loss of reliable news and more opportunities for liars and charlatans to sell their wares unconcerned by the likelihood that they will ever be called to account for their deception (whether deliberate or not).

The Need For Gender Equality In Television

Location:
Hollywood, CA, United States
Recommendation:
1

The fall television season’s a great time for fresh starts — to welcome back favorite television shows and hope they'll continue their momentum, or find great new shows. This autumn’s been heralded as a breakthrough for women on television, particularly women in comedy, following the massive and somewhat unexpected box office success of the female-led ensemble comedy Bridesmaids this summer.

NPR: Still Bending Over Backward

Location:
National Public Radio (NPR), 635 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
2

A NPR story was a perfect mixture of journalistic “balance,” where unfortunately none existed in real life. What is really going on here? Journalists have been so cowed by conservative attempts to “work the refs.”

Conservatives vs. Good Journalism: The Continued Contamination of The Washington Post

Location:
Washington Post, 1150 15th St NW, Washington, DC, 20071, United States
Recommendation:
2

"Conservative ‘opinion’ does not need to be true; it does not need to adhere to the traditional journalistic standards of this or any other conservative newspaper. It merely needs to keep conservatives happy."

The FCC's New 'Local' Focus: Too Little, Too Late?

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

By limiting its specific argument to the slow-motion collapse of local news, the Federal Communications Commission's "Information Needs of Communities" report skirts over -- and on occasion whitewashes -- the myriad interlocking crises that threaten the entire American news ecosystem, and therefore threaten to undermine the crucial role it plays in ensuring the smooth function of deliberative democratic debate.

Gov. McDonnell’s Public Broadcasting Cuts Actually Strip Funding From Virginia’s Classrooms

Location:
VA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) announced that he was using his line-item veto power to cut $424,000 in funding state legislators had approved for public broadcasting.

Is Wisconsin Governor Cutting Off Internet access to Thwart Protesters?

Location:
Wisconsin's Capitol Building, 2 East Main Street, Madison, WI, 53702, United States
Recommendation:
2

According to pro-labor protesters in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) may be taking a page from former Egyptian Dictator Hosni Mubarak and cutting off internet access to key protest organizers within the state Capitol building.

GOP Group Pays Fox Affiliates To Influence Election With Anti-Obama Propaganda

Location:
Madison, WI, United States
Recommendation:
2

Several Fox television stations and one ABC affiliate in key battleground states are running a Republican front group's anti-Obama propaganda as paid programming in the final days leading up to the election.

The Fox News Factor

Location:
FOX News Channel, New York, NY, United States
Recommendation:
3

Fox News, part of the multi-billion dollar News Corporation, uses its $1.21 billion budget to provide a 24-hour propaganda and fundraising outlet for conservative candidates, many of whom confess the channel is their preferred method of "getting their voice out."

Just What Exactly Is Fox?

Location:
FOX News Channel, New York, NY, United States
Recommendation:
3

Fox News Channel is often described as a cable news station. On occasion, the words "conservative" or "biased" are attached to that description. But few dispute the journalistic orientation of the overall enterprise. This is a mistake.

Rupert Murdoch and the Myriad Means of Misinformation

Location:
News Corp, 1211 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY, United States
Recommendation:
2

The News Corp empire is vast and wide, and it deliberately slants the news while shamelessly promoting blatant disinformation in platform after platform all over the world.

Faux News

Recommendation:
3

While the Fox News cable channel infamously maintains that it is "fair and balanced," the fact is that the network often does little more than shovel out Republican Party talking points.

Wedding Health Information Technology to Care Delivery Innovation and Provider Payment Reform

Recommendation:
2

Health IT-enabled care models have very practical, doable, near-term applications, can generate significant benefits in terms of the quality and value of health care delivery, and are already being executed successfully today by some leading health care providers.

Smart Grid, Smart Broadband, Smart Infrastructure

Recommendation:
3

With a bit of imagination and coordination among multiple federal programs and agencies, the economic stimulus funding in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 could be used far more efficiently to achieve a diverse set of closely related goals.

Kalil And Kohlenberger Join Obama White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Recommendation:
1

Apparently, Thomas Kalil and Jim Kohlenberger will join the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) even as Dr. John Holdren awaits confirmation to direct the office. Thomas Kalil, who was responsible for technology policy at the National Economic Council in the Clinton White House, is the new OSTP associate director for policy.

FCC, Meet "Change"

Recommendation:
3

Perhaps the first image that pops into your mind when recalling President Bush's Federal Communications Commission is Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" during 2004's Super Bowl half-time show. But many of the commission's other policy positions—from media consolidation, net neutrality, and spectrum auctions—were far more consequential for the public good, and in many cases decidedly more damaging to free and democratic debate.

McCain Adviser/Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman Silent On Campaign's Opposition To Net Neutrality

Recommendation:
4

Some have suggested that Sen John McCain (R-AZ) could still put forward sound technology policy because he surrounds himself with tech-savvy advisers, such as former Hewlett-Packard chairman and CEO Carly Fiorina and former eBay president and CEO Meg Whitman. But it's unclear how much he is listening to them.

Subsidizing the Digital Television Transition

Why is George Will concerned about the transition to digital television?

A Better Communications System for Emergency Workers

Katrina overwhelmed the nation's complex communications system, raising serious questions about whether federal and local governments need new powers to organize a rapid response by the wireless, wire, cable, satellite, and broadcast industries.