Support Media Action Center’s FCC action to label Info Wars as fiction

Sue Wilson, producer of the documentary Broadcast Blues, has launched a campaign to require radio stations airing Alex Jones’ Info Wars to label the show as fiction. ( More About Sue Wilson  )

At her website, Media Action Center, there is a form-letter to the FCC that can be printed out and mailed to the FCC. Drawing from court documents, it reveals how Jones perpetrated the hoax that the Sandy Hook school shooting never happened, which brought harassment and death threats to the grieving families of slain children.

One item to be filled in on the form-letter is a radio station in your area that carries Info Wars. For Long Islanders, that station is WVNJ 1160 AM, broadcasting from New Jersey.  The station also streams online, and features Info Wars Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Please visit Media Action Center for more information.


Removed July 24, 2019

‘There’s a Disconnect Between DC and What People Actually Want’

Janine Jackson recently interviewed Tim Karr for the FAIR CounterSpin radio program on the subject of net neutrality. He points out that ‘There’s a Disconnect Between DC and What People Actually Want’ with respect to net neutrality:

CounterSpin Tim Karr Interview

FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) works to promote media practices that are in the public’s best interest. Janine Jackson, the program director for FAIR, is in the forefront of efforts to restore net neutrality. She offers media news and criticism on her weekly syndicated radio show, CounterSpin.

Tim Karr serves as the director of Strategy and Communications at Free Press. He has worked as a reporter and editor for Associated Press, Time, Inc., the New York Times, and Australia Consolidated Press.Tim reports on media and media policy at his blog MediaCitizen.

Removed March 15, 2019

Kevin Horton Interview

Kevin Horton is the former publisher of The Gold Coast Gazette on Long Island, and currently teaches journalism at New York Tech.

On May 3, 2018, Kevin was interviewed by Long Island Media Task Force member Nancy Oley about growing up in a newspaper family, taking up the family business, and the future of local journalism on Long Island.

Removed January 3, 2018

Please Support Net Neutrality

Late last year, the FCC voted to roll back the Title II net neutrality rules. This means that internet providers do not have allow the same access for all.

Congress can reverse this decision, using the Congressional Review Act (CRA), by passing a “Resolution of Disapproval” of the FCC’s actions.  It can also be overturned by federal courts, in lawsuits brought by advocacy groups.

Fortunately the Senate passed the Resolution on May 16th. Now we need a majority (218 members) to pass it in House of Representatives – a real challenge. The first step is for the House to pass a “discharge petition” in order to bring it up for a vote. And then the actual vote needs to take place.

Removed December 13, 2018

Journalism, the Internet and Democracy

Talk by Edith Updike, 11 a.m., Sunday, May 13

Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island

38 Old Country Road, Garden City, NY 11530


In this talk before the Ethical Humanist Society, Task Force member Edith Updike looked at the sociopolitical origins and philosophical underpinnings of the First Amendment, as well as the core principles of American journalism and its role in democracy as refined through Supreme Court rulings. She reviewed several key legal cases, set in the culture and events of their time, that have helped to shape our ideas about freedom of speech.

Edith Updike is a longtime journalist and educator with an undergraduate degree in philosophy, a master’s degree in journalism and a passion for the free flow of information. Currently managing editor at Global Finance magazine, she has worked in journalism internationally and locally, and taught at Columbia University and St. John’s College. She often serves as a guest expert in the media and at conferences.

Removed December 13, 2018