Broadcasters, Citizens United and the Perfect Storm (Part I)

As broadcasters take in record amount of political advertising money and give little indication of where it came from while lobbying against rules that would require increased transparency of this intake, transparency advocates like Free Press argue that companies including News Corporation, NBC Universal and the Walt Disney Company have created a perfect storm of political misinformation. The decision to be voted on today, April 27, by the Federal Communications Commission will consider whether broadcasters will be forced to put their political ad information online, a move they have fought tooth and nail since it was initially introduced. The infographic below looks at the key issues in the argument around the double role of broadcasters – as purveyors of the public message, and recipients of private political cash.

Broadcasters Infographic