FCC report finds media failing watchdog duties

Downsized newsrooms, fewer reporters and less reporting can be harmful to democracy, according to a just released FCC report on the “Information Needs of Communities.” (Read the full report below.)

“A shortage of reporting manifests itself in invisible ways: stories not written, scandals not exposed, government waste not discovered, health dangers not identified in time, local elections involving candidates about whom we know little,” the report stated.

FCC chairman JuliusGenachowski echoed the report’s findings, saying, “[The] less quality reporting we have, the less likely we are to learn about government misdeeds.”

FCC Report Finds Local Journalism in Severe Decline | Truthout.
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