Beyond the ‘Vast Wasteland’

On the anniversary of former FCC commissioner Newton Minow’s speech decrying television as a “vast wasteland,” Chicago News Cooperative columnist James Warren makes an important point: Minow’s speech was really about how broadcasters should be forced to do more public affairs programming in return for their free use of the public airwaves: Sitting high above the Loop with Newton Minow, I realized that history buried his lede–to his everlasting good fortune. “Burying the lede” is newspaperese for sticking a story’s main point too far down. It partly explains why Monday brings the 50th anniversary of a speech that is now […]