Fcc & Media Law

On The Media

In Defense of the Bl**p

Friday, October 14, 2011

Some see bleeping obscenities out of broadcast television as censorship. Others see it as a very necessary means of protecting children. OTM producer Chris Neary has a different defense of bleeping - that it's an invaluable comedic device. He spoke with Michael Schur, the co-creator of Parks and Recreation, who says that the conviction of the person being bleeped is the key to laughs.


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On The Media

FCC Report says Local Reporting in Crisis

Friday, June 17, 2011

Last week the FCC released a report which, at 360 pages, is one of the most comprehensive overviews of the US media ever produced. One key finding is that while media in general are diverse and vigorous, local reporting has taken a significant hit. Worst of all, neither old nor new media seem to have the resources to hold government accountable. Steve Waldman, who headed the project, explains.