Dec 21 2007

Josh Silver on FCC ruling, John Conroy on Chicago police torture


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This week on CounterSpin: The FCC voted recently to eliminate the cross-ownership ban that was intended to prevent the same company from controlling tv stations and newspapers in the same market. Pretty par for the course for the industry-friendly agency, but this time, after years of activism, there’s more pushback than perhaps was expected. What exactly happened and what happens next? We’ll hear from Josh Silver, executive director of the media reform group Free Press.

Also this week: The particulars of the cases are the kinds of things you might wish weren’t true—the explicit torture of suspects by the Chicago police department. Some of the victims won a multi-million dollar settlement recently. Today we’ll talk to John Conroy, whose been reporting this story for two decades—and who has found himself out of a job, thanks to the cost-cutting of his paper’s corporate parent.


The FCC Voted: Time to Raise Hell, by Josh Silver (Huffington Post, 12/18/07)

Muckraking Pays, Just Not in Profit, by David Carr (New York Times, 12/10/07)