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In Defense of Joel Heitkamp

In Defense of Joel Heitkamp

It’s obvious to any honest observer that talk radio host Joel Heitkamp operates the radio station he manages as a de facto media arm for his sister Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s re-electon campaign. This includes the male Heitkamp acting as a surrogate for the Senator and attacking her critics. Including, most recently, me. The Washington Free Beacon

FCC Kinda, Sorta Backs Down From "Study" Of Newsrooms

The study is going forward, but it has been “amended” to remove questions about news philosophy and editorial judgment: Faced with an outcry, the Federal Communications Commission’s chairman said Thursday that he would amend the effort — intended to assess whether the news media were meeting the public’s “critical information needs” — by removing questions

The FCC Wants To Regulate How Media Outlets Choose The News

In a column published in the Grand Forks Herald today I make a tongue-in-cheek argument for regulating the 1st amendment rights of media outlets. Certain editorial boards in the state seem to feel that energy development on private property near “extraordinary places” should be open to public comment, so why not subject journalism on extraordinary topics  to the

Rep. Cramer Calls For FCC To Uphold Decency Standards

North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer sent the letter below to the FCC today opposing a move by the agency to relax decency standards. This comes in the wake of the FCC giving Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz a pass on his emotional and profane speech in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing. “We

Video: New KFYR Anchor's First On-Air Words: "F**king Sh*t"

Tonight was KFYR anchor A.J. Clemente’s first broadcast. Per his posts on Twitter, he was a little nervous: Alright News Director and GM checking out my tape that we shot yesterday. Seeing if i amready for anchoring…..Awkward Turtle……. — A.J. B (@A_John88) April 21, 2013 And per his performance on air, he was definitely a

FCC's Selective Enforcement Of David Ortiz's Potty-Mouth Is Reason To End FCC Censorship

This weekend, before the Boston Red Sox played their first home game since the bombing of the Boston Marathon, slugger David Ortiz (fresh off the disabled list) rallied the crowd with some…memorable comments: It was an emotional moment for the folks in Boston, who badly needed to have their spirits lifted (Ortiz and the BoSox

Americans Spent $2.2 Billion On "Obamaphone" Cell Phone Entitlement

Not only are taxpayers shelling out big bucks for “Obamaphones,” but the program appears to be rife with fraud. As many as 41% of those getting the phones couldn’t, or wouldn’t, prove their eligibility. The U.S. government spent about $2.2 billion last year to provide phones to low-income Americans, but a Wall Street Journal review

Federal Government Considering Plan For "Free" National WiFi Access

This is a little scary: “The federal government wants to create super WiFi networks across the nation, so powerful and broad in reach that consumers could use them to make calls or surf the Internet without paying a cellphone bill every month. The proposal from the Federal Communications Commission has rattled the $178 billion wireless