2012-04-13 21:40:40

Corporate Political Ads on Public Airwaves

The public airwaves are about to get inundated by corporate political ads. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down an FCC ban on political advertising on public TV and radio stations ? arguing that the ban violates the First Amendment. Originally the ban was imposed to protection the educational nature of public broadcasting stations ? keeping the airwaves free from advertising for goods and services and issue advocacy. But as Judge Carlos Bea wrote in his ruling, ?Public issue and political speech in particular is at the very core of the First Amendment?s protection."

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