Media & Communications Policy

Media & Communications Policy

Issues & Developments in the Realm of Communications and Media Policy & the First Amendment

Tag Archives: Wall Street Journal

Net Neutrality Decision: A Welcome Development

Posted in FCC, Network Neutrality
Tuesday's decision by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, striking down the FCC's so-called "net neutrality" regulations, is a welcome development. As noted by many, these regulations amount to a solution in search of a problem, with the only lasting and real-world effects being the creation of the precedent of governmental oversight of the previously unregulated Internet… Continue Reading

Fordham’s Take on Freedom of Speech

Posted in First Amendment, Free speech
An important piece in the Wall Street Journal, profiling the president of a student free-speech group called the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, spotlights the challenges facing free speech on the nation’s college campuses. A recent incident at Fordham University, mentioned in the article, provides a good example.  There, the university’s College Republicans invited … Continue Reading

Nonprofit ‘Investigative’ Journalism: A Distraction (and Worse)

Posted in Media criticism
As noted here, the recently released FCC report on the future of journalism has effectively put the kibosh on the “media reform” crowd’s dream of government intervention to “save journalism.”  Likely gone forever are such schemes as a federal tax credit for investigative journalism, or an AmeriCorps-like “Geek Corps for local democracy.” But there’s another … Continue Reading

Funding Net Neutrality … And Worse

Posted in FCC, Network Neutrality
There are so many things wrong with the FCC’s codified “net neutrality” rules, the kindest thing one can say about those responsible is that they were all born yesterday.  But criticism of this monstrosity abounds already, and given the potential for it to be wholly or partly undone by the courts or Congress, no further … Continue Reading

Rupert Murdoch and the Future of Journalism

Posted in Journalism
It’s reported that Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corp., pledged last week that his company has plans to charge for the online news content of all its newspapers and television channels.  Though the announcement came with few details as to when the charges will commence or how they will be structured, the fact that it … Continue Reading