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

The cost of indecency

By John Dunbar

Big settlements lead to tamer airwaves

Excerpts from this story referencing "Broadcasting":

"… orcement in every major category. [See "2004 Broke all Records on Indecent Broadcasting"]The pause is no doubt related to regime change and two vacancies on the F …"

"… nt of all proposed fines since 2000, the Center found.Viacom, owner of CBS Broadcasting Inc. and Infinity Broadcasting Corp., is the second-largest television sta …"

"… 2000, the Center found.Viacom, owner of CBS Broadcasting Inc. and Infinity Broadcasting Corp., is the second-largest television station owner and second-largest r …"

"… settlement, eclipsing the previous mark of $1.71 million paid by Infinity Broadcasting (now part of Viacom Inc.) in 1995 for shows involving Stern in the early 1 …"

Baby Bells paying to play

By John Dunbar

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Clear Channel Communications Inc.":

"… tion owners.The top recipients have been stations owned by broadcast giant Clear Channel Communications Inc. The increase has taken place despite no changes in broadcast indecency law …"

Indecency on the air

By John Dunbar

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "San Francisco":

"… on was fined was for an Oct. 4, 2002, morning news broadcast on KRON-TV in San Francisco, owned by Young Broadcasting. The FCC issued a $27,500 fine when one of th …"

FCC managers still flying free

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

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 Committee on Energy and Commerce":

"… ns bill since his committee had not authorized it.Upton is a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and is chairman of the subcommittee on telecommunications and the Internet …"

Bill would eliminate industry-sponsored travel for FCC

Bill would eliminate industry-sponsored travel for FCC

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internet access":

"… allocate funds to audit the FCC's troubled "E-Rate" program, used to fund Internet access for schools, and would also impose a one-year lobbying ban on FCC employee …"

FCC votes 3-2 to loosen media rules

Votes were filed along party lines

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Communications Commission":

"… statements 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 …"

A penchant for secrecy

By John Dunbar

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "analyst":

"… rce for that report was Kagan World Media Inc., a private research firm.An analyst in the Media Bureau told the Center she did not know much about COALS or w …"

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 "Office of General":

"… on his name not be revealed, says each trip is scrutinized by the agency's Office of General Counsel to make sure it is both legal and seemly."We first look to see if …"

Well connected

FCC and industry maintain cozy relationship on many levels

Excerpts from this story referencing "telecommunications industry":

"… me from the Center for Public Integrity's unprecedented examination of the telecommunications industry, the centerpiece of which is a first-of-its-kind, 65,000 record, searchabl …"

"… "Well-Connected," is the first phase of a three-year investigation of the telecommunications industry. The full report and database can be found on the Center's web site.T …"

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 "WPXE-TV":

"… as two television stations in the city – WTMJ-TV, the NBC affiliate, and WPXE-TV, a PAX affiliate. It also owns two powerful radio stations, the 50,000 wat …"

The FCC's rapidly revolving door

By John Dunbar

SBC senior veep a glaring example

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Communications Commission":

"… ob, he was at the FCC as a special counsel for competitive issues. …"

Commentary

By Charles Lewis

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "House Commerce Committee":

"… on, future House Speaker Dennis Hastert, and Billy Tauzin, chairman of the House Commerce Committee, sent a blunt letter to Kennard. "Only Congress has the authority to write …"

"… he Commission programming obligations by broadcasters," they wrote.Ranking House Commerce Committee member John Dingell, the Michigan Democrat, also sent an opposing letter t …"

"… courtesy of the media was Thomas J. Bliley, the Republican who chaired the House Commerce Committee. Bliley and his staff logged 19 junkets over a three year period. At the 2 …"

Methodology

What is the Media Tracker?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Securities and Exchange Commission":

"… rs collected industry analyses and corporate disclosure documents from the Securities and Exchange Commission detailing the properties belonging to major corporations in each industry. …"

"… ts were usually drawn from the company's annual report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. For private companies, the lists were obtained either from the company's …"

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 "Disney":

"… two political parties. The second heaviest media spender in Washington is Disney, which paid $3.3 million for lobbying and just under $4.1 million in polit …"

"… Gerald Levin, chairman of Time Warner, and to Michael Eisner, chairman of Disney, were not returned. Nor would the CEOs of the other big media political sp …"

"… ller; TCI chairman John Malone; DreamWorks executive Steven Spielberg; and Disney vice president (at the time) Michael Ovitz.Hundt candidly describes the at …"

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 "Congress":

"… entially resurrects a 17-year policy struck down by a newly Republican-led Congress in 1995 because it gave broadcasting and cable companies excessive capital …"

"… nd Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), have pressed hard for reinstatement since Congress did away with the FCC’s tax certificate program, which, like McCain’s …"

"… s $1.5 billion over five years, but opposed outright repeal of the section.Congressional scrutiny was prompted by a deal made by Viacom, which planned to sell …"

"… do anything, the program ran into partisan politics, and it was killed by Congress. The program was over.”Others who have urged restoration of the program …"