Friday, 27 April 2012 15:50 By Yana Kunichoff, Truthout | Report
As broadcasters take in record amount of political advertising money and
give little indication of where it came from while lobbying against
rules that would require increased transparency of this intake,
transparency advocates like Free Press
argue that companies including News Corporation, NBC Universal and the
Walt Disney Company have created a perfect storm of political
misinformation. The decision to be voted on today, April 27, by the
Federal Communications Commission will consider whether broadcasters
will be forced to put their political ad information online, a move they
have fought tooth and nail since it was initially introduced.
The infographic below looks at the key issues in the argument around
the double role of broadcasters - as purveyors of the public message,
and recipients of private political cash.