And understand that scarce spectrum is used today for example for cell phone operators, they have to pay for the airwaves they use, for their services.

-Robert Waterman McChesney
Robert Waterman McChesney

Which is supposed to mean they're doing something in their broadcasting they would not do is they were simply out to maximize profit; if they were really public service institutions, not purely profit maximizing institutions.

Robert Waterman McChesney
What I've found is that there is a tremendous interest in these issues, across the political spectrum, sort of left-right terms we used to describe people don't really hold here exactly.
Robert Waterman McChesney

Our existing media system today is the direct result of government laws and subsidies that created it.

Robert Waterman McChesney
If you're running for reelection in the House of Representatives race, you know, it's very important to you that you be on fairly good terms with the local affiliates in the largest market in your area. I mean you don't want to antagonize them.
Robert Waterman McChesney

The public gets not one penny from them in return for those airwaves.

Robert Waterman McChesney
One survey that I saw that was published I think in Variety or Electronic Media within the last three weeks says that now the average hour of radio in the United States has 18 minutes of commercials.
Robert Waterman McChesney

But the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.

Robert Waterman McChesney
Local television news, on both radio and television, is so appalling. Makes print journalism look like the greatest stuff ever written.
Robert Waterman McChesney

So the system we have in radio and television today is the direct result of government policies that have been made in our name, in the name of the people, on our behalf, but without our informed consent.

Robert Waterman McChesney
If you look at the history of broadcasting, what you find is the National Association of Broadcasters is a trade association whose mission is to protect the interests of the commercial broadcasters.