FBI abuses power to request personal information

By The Center for Public Integrity

After the Patriot Act, FBI increased requests of personal information, including phone calls, emails, and financial transactions

The 700 (MHz) Club

By Brendan McGarry

When lobbying the FCC, sometimes less is more

Excerpts from this story referencing "attorney":

"… es. The firm's chief telecommunications lobbyist, Richard Whitt—a former attorney for MCI (now part of Verizon), who was hired in February and also lobbies …"

"… on Administration in the first Bush administration, and Jonathan Blake, an attorney with the powerhouse law firm of Covington & Burling, each participated …"

The cost of indecency

By John Dunbar

Big settlements lead to tamer airwaves

Excerpts from this story referencing "disc jockey":

"… irst Amendment advocates, have chilled speech on the airwaves and prompted disc jockeys and producers to think twice before airing potentially controversial broa …"

"… hannel settlement, Emmis Communications Corp., employer of Chicago–based disc jockey Eric "Mancow" Muller, signed an identical agreement. Emmis agreed to pay $ …"

Baby Bells paying to play

By John Dunbar

Bells paid two-thirds of fines and settlements since Jan. 2000

Excerpts from this story referencing "disc jockey":

"… th a bang with a $715,000 fine against Clear Channel and its Florida-based disc jockey Bubba the Love Sponge. (Another $40,000 was assessed for violations of pub …"

Indecency on the air

By John Dunbar

Shock-radio jock Howard Stern remains 'King of All Fines'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wall Street Journal":

"… s never been shy about his reasons for backing Stern. In 1992, he told the Wall Street Journal, "The format of choice at Infinity is the one that has the largest cash fl …"

FCC managers still flying free

FCC officials accepted nearly $2.8 million in travel and entertainment expenses over the past eight years

Excerpts from this story referencing "Maryland":

"… a on a trip sponsored by Washington State University and the University of Maryland and funded by the United States Agency for International Development. Comm …"

FCC plans to nix industry-paid travel

By John Dunbar

Agency chair seeks $500,000 increase in travel budget to "largely eliminate" industry perks

Excerpts from this story referencing "House subcommittee":

"… Wolf is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and chairman of the House subcommittee that oversees the FCC's budget.In a response dated August 18, Powell said …"

Bill would eliminate industry-sponsored travel for FCC

Bill would eliminate industry-sponsored travel for FCC

FCC votes 3-2 to loosen media rules

Votes were filed along party lines

Excerpts from this story referencing "Communication":

"… ts of each of the commissioners, please go to www.fcc.gov. …"

Behind closed doors

Top broadcasters met 71 times with FCC officials

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Association of Broadcasters":

"… were Viacom, News Corp., ABC, Gannett, Hearst, Cumulus, Radio One and the National Association of Broadcasters.Commissioner Copps, a Democrat, was at seven meetings. Among those he met …"

"… meetings. Among those she met with were Viacom, NBC, ABC, Gannett and the National Association of Broadcasters.Some top advisors to the commissioners and the chairman met with broadcast …"

Captive audience

By John Dunbar

A few big media firms dominate 4 of 5 FCC commissioners' hometownsA few big media firms dominate 4 of 5 FCC commissioners' hometowns

Excerpts from this story referencing "Communication":

"… o fit the next piece of their puzzle for world media dominance." …"

"… billionaire Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. and the fourth by Allbritton Communications.A survey of the hometowns of each of the five FCC commissioners …"

"… merates. Twenty-seven of those are owned by radio giant Clear Channel Communications.Among the findings of the survey:The cable systems in the five communitie …"

"… rogrammed by AOL Time Warner; Louisville's system is owned by Insight Communications Co., the nation's ninth-largest cable company.Of the 20 network affi …"

A penchant for secrecy

By John Dunbar

Why the FCC so determined to keep key data from the public

Excerpts from this story referencing "official":

"… d has been running even while the underlying data was unavailable."The FCC official told the Center that protective orders are not unusual with federal agenci …"

On the road again—and again

By Morgan Jindrich

FCC officials rack up $2.8 million travel tab with industries they regulate

Excerpts from this story referencing "Viacom":

"… ver of local and national media outlets by huge conglomerates such as Viacom, Tribune Co. and Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Critics are particu …"

"… ent months to keep the current FCC rules limiting media ownership in place.Viacom, which owns CBS, sponsored seven trips on its own, costing $9,581. Viacom …"

"… .Viacom, which owns CBS, sponsored seven trips on its own, costing $9,581. Viacom spent $6,901 to bring FCC Media Bureau Chief W. Kenneth Ferree and Susan E …"

Well connected

FCC and industry maintain cozy relationship on many levels

Excerpts from this story referencing "Communication":

"… eady dominate many of the nation's media markets, even as the Federal Communications Commission moves to further relax media ownership rules at a meeting …"

"… onglomerates. Twenty-seven of those are owned by radio giant Clear Channel Communications.The cable systems in the five communities are controlled by four companie …"

"… rogrammed by AOL Time Warner; Louisville's system is owned by Insight Communications Co., the nation's ninth-largest cable company. Only the Rapid City s …"

The FCC's rapidly revolving door

By John Dunbar

SBC senior veep a glaring example

Excerpts from this story referencing "official":

"… of last year and began work at SBC Nov. 1.Attwood has met with senior FCC officials a total of four times since she's been with SBC, including meetings with …"

"… just symptomatic of the whole captured-agency problem."According to ethics officials at the FCC, federal law places a number of restrictions on employees who …"

"… ere is also a one year "cooling off period" for the most senior government officials.Attwood does not fall under the cooling off rule because she was not seni …"

"… ived up to the spirit of the law," he said.Attwood is not the only top FCC official who has recently gone to work for one of the big regional phone companies. …"

Commentary

By Charles Lewis

Relaxing media ownership rules conflicts with the public's right to know

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal government":

"… grity does not advocate for or against government laws or legislation. The federal government in September proposed the most significant change ever in the rules regard …"

Methodology

What is the Media Tracker?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… ving any community in the United States. Using the Media Tracker and other Center for Public Integrity resources, the public can freely investigate how those owners seek to infl …"

"… is no stronger than its sources. Where they are flawed, it is flawed. The Center for Public Integrity sought to fully collect and faithfully report all information. But if info …"

"… were harvested will not be reflected here.Measuring Political InfluenceThe Center for Public Integrity's aim was to quantify the political activities of the largest companies an …"

Commentary: Profiteering from democracy

By Charles Lewis

In his January 1998 State of the Union address, after decrying the campaign-fund-raising "arms race," Preside

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Communications Commission":

"… lem—the high cost of campaign commercials.“I will formally request the Federal Communications Commission act to provide free or reduced-cost television time for candidates,” the …"

"… to help us in this effort to strengthen our democracy.”Within 24 hours, Federal Communications Commission chairman William Kennard announced that the FCC would develop new rules go …"

"… ngressional backlash (”[T]he likes of which would not be pleasant to the Federal Communications Commission under any circumstances,” was the way Livingston described it), caused t …"

McCain tax bill would save corporate contributors millions

WASHINGTON, D.C. February 11, 2000 — Republican presidential hopeful John McCain has talked at length about tax cuts that would benefit lowe

Excerpts from this story referencing "John McCain":

"… ion ineligible to give to your campaign.” …"