The FCC passed a proposal to overhaul the agency’s procedures for processing consumer complaints Thursday in a contentious party-line vote. Commissioners clashed over the plan with the Republican majority insisting that the new rules are only clarifying longstanding procedures for filing and responding to complaints.
Earlier this week, the Campaign Legal Center and Issue One, two political “watchdog” organizations, filed FCC complaints against two Atlanta TV stations, WPCH and WSB, alleging violations of the rules that govern the documents that need to be placed into a station’s public inspection file regarding political “issue advertising.”
The Sunlight Foundation, Campaign Legal Center and Common Cause hav filed complaints against 18 stations carrying ads for Michael Bloomberg’s PAC that don’t identify him as the sponsor. The groups warn about 100 others that they may have complaints filed against them if they don’t correct the identification.
Won’t somebody think of the children? That’s one of the common concerns in written complaints to the FCC about the massive advertising campaigns of daily fantasy sports companies, Boston-based DraftKings and New York-based FanDuel.
CBS may clean up with its primetime comedies, but if the volume of complaints received by the FCC is any indication, many Americans would like to wash the network’s mouth out with soap. According to documents unearthed by the Government Attic website via the Freedom of Information Act, the CBS comedies 2 Broke Girls and Two and a Half Men have generated reams of informal FCC complaints, the majority of which have to do with viewers’ concerns with sexual innuendo and coarse language.