In a mailer from advocacy group Free Press they ask the question we have all been asking ourselves for months: Why is the media ignoring the Stop Online Piracy Act? The short answer is that various broadcast and cable networks may have been muzzled by their parent companies. The only network that has mentioned it so far has been Bloomberg, and that coverage consisted of ten minutes – and only because Reddit's CEO brought the issue up on air.
Millions of people on the internet are protesting the law, signing petitions, boycotting companies and flooding the marketplace of ideas with strong statements about SOPA. But if you watch the evening news or tune in to your favorite cable news programs, you don't hear anything about it. It's like we are all just imagining what's going on in D.C. Networks such as ABC, CBS, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, NBC, and more have had no coverage of SOPA.
Even the most outspoken personalities in news such as Jon Stewart (he said "SOPA" on air last night), Bill O'Rielly, Keith Olbermann, Chris Mathews, Anderson Cooper, John King, Shepard Smith, Wolf Blitzer, Rachel Maddow, Tom Brokaw, and Glen Beck have ignored the issue.
So what the hell is going on? Here's what Free Press has to say about it:
"This is what happens when the interests of big business get in the way of the need to inform the public and protect free speech. As it turns out, the owners of ABC (Disney), CBS (CBS Corp.), Fox News (News Corp.), MSNBC (Comcast) and NBC (Comcast) are all supporters of the bill."
So what can be done about it? You can send one of millions of emails to these networks voicing your concerns about their censorship of a core free speech issue. Free Press claims that "30,000 people have sent letters urging network news programs to end their SOPA blackout. Our letters are going to the in-boxes of the news directors of ABC, CBS, Fox News, MSNBC and NBC."
If you think stopping SOPA and PIPA is important, you can go to this link over at Free Press. Thanks to Josh Levy of Free Press for letting us know about their latest efforts.
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