Last July, we noted how media reform activists had petitioned the FCC to revoke Fox News’ local broadcast license in Philadelphia.
More specifically, the group argued that Fox News’ rampant election fraud propaganda technically violated the “character clause” embedded in the Communications Act the FCC is supposed to use to determine whether an organization should hold a broadcast license.
To be clear, a single Fox broadcast affiliate losing its license to broadcast in Philly wouldn’t have much of an impact on Fox’s ongoing efforts to spew GOP propaganda nationwide.
I remain unconvinced that the current Rosenworcel FCC has the political backbone to follow through on such a request.
Fox opposed that request, but the FCC announced that it will make the change in a notice issued yesterday.
The idea that she’d actively push to strip away a Fox broadcast license and wade hip deep into a political firestorm seems well out of character for a regulator who’s clearly not keen on meaningfully challenging corporate power.
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