Pushes Ahead with ‘No Child Left Behind’ Fines
Sonshine, Sinclair Broadcast Group Fined for Airing The
Right Side with Armstrong Williams, America’s Black Forum, Respectively
By John Eggerton — Broadcasting & Cable, 10/18/2007 3:10:00 PM
The Federal Communications Commission
issued its first fines for a station airing Armstrong
Williams’ Department of Education-paid-for plugs for its
“No Child Left Behind” initiative. Station-owner
Sinclair Broadcast Group doesn’t plan to pay the fine and
said it will take the commission to court.
The revelation of those payments caused a firestorm of criticism and a
dressing-down of the DOE, and it led to payola complaints by Free Press
at the FCC.
What does this mean? Is the US government giving up on the
idea of propaganda? Have they pretty much finished their
agenda, and now have no need to unduly influence journalists?
Or is it that they now have enough journalists who will do it
for free, so they no longer have to pay them?