Biden’s Low-Key Media Strategy Draws Allies’ Concern

So far in his tenure, the president has given far fewer one-on-one interviews than his two predecessors. Some Democrats are asking if he could be making better use of his White House pulpit.

Dems’ Dreams Could Get Crushed Yet Again — This Time, At The FCC

Republican opposition to FCC nominee Gigi Sohn could let Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema decide whether President Joe Biden secures a Democratic majority at the agency.

Biden Picks His Broadband Vanguard At FCC And Commerce Department

Biden Nominates Rosenworcel To Lead FCC

The White House, in a bid to avert a Republican majority over the regulator, also tapped former FCC official Gigi Sohn as a commissioner.

White House To Name Rosenworcel As FCC’s First Female Leader

Jessica Rosenworcel, the acting chairwoman of the powerful regulator, campaigned vigorously for a permanent appointment. If she is confirmed by the Senate, Rosenworcel would lead an agency whose responsibilities include ensuring that millions of Americans have internet access.

President Biden Will Participate In CNN Town Hall On Thursday

Lack Of Biden FCC Picks Is Frustrating Democrats

President Biden has yet to nominate anyone to fill a vacant seat at the FCC. What’s more, the term of current acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel is set to expire when Congress adjourns at the end of the year. It adds up to a possible Republican majority on the commission under a Democratic administration, which could stymie the party’s efforts on a number of policies, including net neutrality standards.

Biden’s Baffling FCC Delay Could Give Republicans 2-1 FCC Majority

President Joe Biden’s failure to nominate a fifth FCC member has forced Democrats to work with a 2-2 deadlock instead of the 3-2 majority the president’s party typically enjoys at the FCC. But things could get worse for Democrats starting in January. If Biden doesn’t make his choice quickly enough to get Senate confirmation by the end of this year, Republicans could get a 2-1 FCC majority despite Democrats controlling both the White House and Senate.

Where Are President Biden’s Telecom Picks?

Nearly eight months into his presidency, jOE Biden has yet to pick permanent leaders for the Federal Communications Commission and the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which together oversee and set policy for the broadcast and Internet service industries. For the FCC, that’s slower than any president since Jimmy Carter in 1977 — just by a few days — and for NTIA, it’s the longest ever since the agency’s founding in 1978.

Biden Faces Looming Deadline For FCC Pick As Acting Chair’s Term Winds Down

Since January, the FCC has been deadlocked in a 2-2 partisan split, and the White House has yet to nominate a new commissioner to complete the agency’s typical five-person lineup. With Congress about to emerge from its August recess, President Joe Biden has four months before the end of the calendar year to make a pick. Policy experts indicated that September is a reasonable time to expect an announcement, notably when the U.S. House of Representatives votes on the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package.

Broadcast Nets To Televise Biden’s Afghanistan Remarks At 3:45 PM ET

The broadcast networks will break into their regularly scheduled programming at 3:45 p.m. ET Monday to take President Biden’s remarks from the East Room on the crisis in Afghanistan and Taliban forces having taken over the presidential palace and now the country as a whole.

White House Imposes Vaccine Mandate On All Visitors, Including Journalists

99.6% of WHCA survey respondents reported they had been fully vaccinated by the end of June.

Biden Touts Disney, Netflix, Fox For COVID Requirements: ‘I Will Have Their Backs’

President Joe Biden name checked The Walt Disney Co., Netflix, Google, Fox Corp. and other private companies for instituting new vaccine requirements for their employees. As he referred to the alarming rise in COVID-19 cases as the “pandemic of the unvaccinated,” the president also sought to single out major corporations that in recent weeks have instituted their own types of mandates.

Biden’s Antitrust Team Signals A Big Swing At Corporate Titans

The president has stacked his administration with crusaders who have spent their careers challenging corporate consolidation.

Finding A Permanent FCC Chair Remains A Big X Factor For President Biden

The head-scratching inside the Beltway continues as the wait for a fifth Democratic Federal Communications Commission member — and for whoever is to be named the agency’s permanent chair — continues. Initial delays were thought to involve a decision between acting chair Jessica Rosenworcel and current commissioner Geoffrey Starks. But the name of broadband backer and one-time Public Knowledge head Gigi Sohn has surfaced as a new possible alternative — and one for whom the buzz had been growing

Biden To Appoint Big Tech Critic To DOJ Antitrust Role

President Biden plans to appoint lawyer Jonathan Kanter as the head of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) antitrust division, the White House announced Tuesday, another sign of the administration’s intention to take on Big Tech.  Kanter has been a favorite pick of progressive organizations pushing for the DOJ and Federal Trade Commission to do more to crack down on anticompetitive conduct, especially in the tech industry.

Biden Executive Order Has Plenty Of Advice For FCC

The White House released the competition executive order signed by the President Friday afternoon (July 9) and it does a lot of encouraging of the FCC, an independent agency, to take a number of regulatory actions including restoring net neutrality rules. Acting FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel was at the signing ceremony, but she will need a third Democratic commissioner if she plans to follow the president’s lead. (President Biden cannot order any particular action by an independent agency, but he basically sent the signal he was looking for cooperation.)

Biden Signs Competition Order Targeting Big Business

The order also seeks to take aim at tech giants Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon by calling for greater scrutiny of mergers, “especially by dominant internet platforms, with particular attention to the acquisition of nascent competitors, serial mergers, the accumulation of data, competition by ‘free’ products, and the effect on user privacy.”

Unions Endorse Rosenworcel For FCC Chair

A number of unions have called on President Biden to name acting FCC chair Jessica Rosenworcel to the permanent position, saying the commission is understaffed and has a lot of work to do that needs a full commission and a full-time chair. That came in a letter to the president citing her accomplishments and suggesting that there should be no further delay in naming a chair — and a third Democratic commissioner — given the big issues on the FCC’s plate.

Biden Snaps At CNN’s Kaitlan Collins

President Joe Biden finished up his post-Vladimir Putin summit press conference with a flash of visible irritation at a question posed by CNN’s Kaitlan Collins. Later, before he boarded Air Force One for his flight back to Washington, he spoke to reporters and said, “I owe my last questioner an apology. I shouldn’t have been such a wiseguy for the answer I gave.”

Biden Urged To Nominate Tie-Breaking Democrat To FCC

President Joe Biden’s ambitious goals for broadband, including expanding access throughout the country, may remain unmet until he nominates a fifth commissioner to the FCC. That’s according to the ACLU, Center for Democracy and Technology, Free Press, Mozilla and dozens of other advocacy organizations.

NEWS ANALYSIS

Biden Vacancies Delay Big Tech Reckoning

President Biden still hasn’t named permanent leaders at the key agencies overseeing the tech and telecom industries, giving him a late start on confronting powerful U.S. companies. If Biden doesn’t move quickly, there won’t be enough time left for his administration to take on big targets and tackle thorny policy problems.

White House Seems To Affirm Biden’s Vow To Bar Seizures Of Reporters’ Phone Data

But the Justice Department is not commenting on whether a seemingly off-the-cuff remark by President Biden is now a policy directive.

Biden Revokes Trump Order Targeting Social Media

President Joe Biden on Friday revoked former President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order that aimed to regulate social media companies’ editorial policies. The now-repealed “Order on Preventing Online Censorship” directed government officials to consider issuing rules that could tie web companies’ protection from lawsuits to the companies’ content-moderation policies.

Early Biden News Coverage More Policy Than Character-Driven

Nearly two-thirds of Biden stories during his first two months in office were on his policy agenda and ideology, and 35% about his character and leadership style, the Pew Research Center found. For Donald Trump, three-quarters of the early stories were about his character and leadership, Pew said.

LiveU Offering Feed Of Biden Address To Congress To Broadcasters

LiveU, in collaboration with FedNet, will distribute the President Joe Biden’s Wednesday evening address to Congress, live from the Capitol via the LiveU Matrix platform to broadcasters worldwide. The feed will consist of a single broadcast-ready switched (mixed) clean feed with no talent, commentary, or graphics. It will cover the event — from the gavel of the […]

The Hamburglar? How A Story About Meat Limits Fell Apart

President Joe Biden spent only a weekend as the “Hamburglar” in the conservative media world, but the incident illustrates the speed at which a false and damaging story can spread.

COMMENTARY BY JOE FERULLO

Biden’s First Presser Wasn’t About Him — Not Really

Joe Ferullo: Despite a nonstop string of criticisms over why Biden waited 65 days before holding his first news conference, the real stress was not on the president — a 50-year veteran of politics who is accustomed to dealing with the media. No, the genuine drama came from the press corps itself — and the new crop of White House television news correspondents. They face a frightening combination of challenges — to their careers and to the economic health of the businesses they represent.

For Media, Biden News Conference Notable For What’s Missing

Joe Biden’s first presidential news conference was notable for what was missing after predecessor Donald Trump: no contentious exchanges with reporters, no Fox News and no questions about COVID-19.

SPJ Condemns Biden For Blocking Access To Border Facilities

President Joe Biden’s honeymoon with the press may be officially over about two months into his term. The Society of Professional Journalists on Tuesday (March 23) called on the Department of Homeland Security to stop blocking media access to border facilities, condemning the action as a failure for the new president.

COMMENTARY BY DAVID ZURAWIK

It’s Time To Question Biden’s Use Of Media

David Zurawik: There are some curious decisions by the administration of President Joe Biden that make me a little skeptical about his media strategy. Like no news conference during his first 50 days in office. Or going on the road this week to sell his landmark relief package and using local TV stations to “speak directly to the American people.” In fact, if I wasn’t so pleased to finally have someone in the White House who at least talks about transparency and honesty after four years of Donald Trump’s lying presidency, I might make a bigger case out of the fact that these strategies feel eerily similar to some employed by Republican presidential candidate Richard Nixon in the 1960s to avoid media scrutiny.

Biden To Address Country In Thursday Primetime

President Joe Biden will deliver his first primetime address this Thursday night, to discuss the nearly year-old coronavirus pandemic and the state of the vaccination rollout.

DOJ Settles First Amendment Suit Over White House Press Access

Biden To Revive Weekly Radio Address

President Biden, seeking ways to advance his agenda in a cluttered media landscape, is set to revive a presidential tradition that faded under his predecessor: the weekly radio address. The Biden version is not exactly just a man and his microphone. White House press aides said that some installments could follow a traditional president-talks-to-the-people format, but that they were also planning to pair Biden with everyday Americans and other guests, recreating the informal style of popular podcasts. “We expect it to take on a variety of forms,” Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said Friday.

Fox News’ Peter Doocy, The President’s Punching Bag, Has No Time For Biden Bashing

Biden’s FCC, FTC Choices Signal Major Shift

President Biden on Thursday appointed Rebecca Kelly Slaughter acting chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission and Jessica Rosenworcel as acting chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission. The two appointments reflect the tectonic political shift underway in Washington as Democrats, newly in charge of the White House and Congress, prepare to roll back a slew of deregulatory actions implemented under President Donald Trump.

Society of Professional Journalists Asks Biden To End Restrictions On Agency Personnel Speaking To Press

NEWS ANALYSIS

Biden’s Inaugural Speech Calls Out The Media

“Recent weeks and months have taught us a painful lesson. There is truth and there are lies. Lies told for power and for profit.”

Communications Industry Extends Congratulations To President Biden

New President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris drew well wishes from the communications/tech industry as they took over the Administrative Branch reins of government today. The associations took the opportunity to promote themselves and their issues as well as praise the incoming administration.

@POTUS Resets As Twitter Juggles Presidential Accounts

It’s a Twitter user’s worst nightmare: Wake up to find most of your followers gone. But that’s exactly what will happen on Wednesday to the official presidential accounts on Twitter. No, not @realDonaldTrump — he’s already been banned for life. This is the fate awaiting lesser-known accounts such as @POTUS, @WhiteHouse, @FLOTUS and @VP. (POTUS […]