By Collin Roth
On Tuesday, Sue Wilson of the Media Action Center filed a complaint with the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to have the licenses of two Milwaukee radio stations stripped for what Wilson calls “private censorship” of “publicly owned airwaves.” According to a Tuesday press release, the Media Action Center accuses WTMJ and WISN of “subsidizing the Walker campaign with an estimated $1 million dollars in airtime” due to conservative programming.
This, the challenge asserts, amounts to private censorship, which violates the First Amendment rights of those in the community who are denied access to the scarce publicly owned airwaves during campaigns. It further states the stations willfully have violated existing FCC rules about comparable time, citing legal opinions from the Wisconsin Broadcasters’ Association.
Wilson, the founder of the Media Action Center, has travelled around the country advocating that the media licenses of conservative talk radio stations be challenged with the FCC. Wilson was in Wisconsin in the Fall of 2011 showing her documentary Broadcast Blues, that explains, advocates, and outlines the precise tactics she is now employing against WTMJ and WISN.
Of course Sue Wilson is not really in search of objectivity. At a viewing of her documentary in Mequon last Fall, Wilson described conservative talk radio as “Fascist” and “a cancer eating this country alive.”
Earlier this year, Sue Wilson filed a similar complaint ahead of the June 5 Recall election. The complaint was evidently unsuccessful.