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Media & Democracy 09.7.2021

Democracy’s Essential Infrastructure

Successful self-government depends upon a well-informed citizenry. Democracy is premised on the belief that an informed electorate is best able to set the course of government. But if we the people are denied the news and facts needed to make sound judgments, we will make decisions that harm our nation.

Media & Democracy 07.12.2021

Toward a More Informed Citizenry: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

An occasional column from Former FCC Chair Michael Copps, member of the Common Cause National Governing Board.

Media & Democracy 05.13.2021

Congressional Hearing on Broadband Equity Highlights Need for Long-Term Solutions To Address Affordability, Accessibility, and Digital Inclusion

The pandemic has shown that our connectivity needs are greater than ever, and now is the time to act.

Media & Democracy 09.5.2018

“Fake” News Isn’t Only Issue Facing Media and Our Democracy

So-called "fake" news isn't the only issue people should be concerned about with respect to the media. Even real news has an "infotainment" quality that lends itself to a herd mentality and the corporate mergers that consolidate decision-making in distant corporate HQ that care more about profit and dividends than covering city hall or the school board.

Media & Democracy 07.13.2018

Under Assault: Media Mergers Leave Voters and Consumers Out

Americans rely on a free, diverse, and independent media for the information they need to make informed decisions at election time. But every week brings more bad news for those of us who worry that our communications ecosystem is being pushed to the point of collapse. It’s not that we ever had a perfect communications world—far from it—but what we had at least provided a foundation upon which the diverse voices of democracy could contend and build.

Media & Democracy 07.12.2018

VIDEO: Stop Sinclair Broadcasting! More than 700,000 Americans Demand the FCC Act

Americans understand why the First Amendment contains both our free speech and a free press as fundamental to our democracy. We must have information we can rely on to make informed decisions and cast informed ballots to determine the future for our family and community.

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