Oct. 25: 'Best Media Money Can Buy'

Common Cause's Copps to discuss 'The Best Media Money Can Buy' at UD


1:37 p.m., Oct. 16, 2012--Michael Copps, former FCC commissioner and director of Common Cause’s Media and Democracy Initiative, will examine “The Best Media Money Can Buy” during a presentation from noon-1:45 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, in the Rodney Room of the Perkins Student Center on the University of Delaware campus in Newark.

Copps will discuss regulatory decisions that generated the status quo, and what regulators can do to help restore American media. 

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With the presidential election less than a month away, Common Cause notes that Americans are being bombarded with a dizzying array of negative ads, many financed by anonymous donors. In the rush of their own everyday lives, few have the time or resources to separate fact from fiction.

According to the organization, a vibrant media could help, refusing to air false ads, reporting on their sponsorship and demanding more transparency. But a series of court rulings, an anything-goes regulatory environment, and financial constraints on newspapers and broadcasters have created a media environment that is not up to the task of informing the electorate. 

Copps has immersed himself in these challenges through 10 years as a member of the Federal Communications Commission and emerged as one of the nation’s most prominent advocates of media reform. 

Copps’ lecture is a part of Common Cause’s new Media and Democracy Initiative. Through this initiative, Common Cause hopes to mobilize citizens to stimulate the development of a more pluralistic and informative media environment. 

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