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  •  This raises a question under the FCC's Rules and (11+ / 0-)

    the Communications Act.

    If Beck & Limbaugh were paid to say nice things about Freedomworks on the radio and did not disclose to their listeners that they were being paid to do so, somebody could go to jail.

    Section 317 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. § 317, requires broadcasters to disclose to their listeners or viewers if matter has been aired in exchange for money, services or other valuable consideration. The announcement must be aired when the subject matter is broadcast. The Commission has adopted a rule, 47 C.F.R. § 73.1212, which sets forth the broadcasters' responsibilities to make this sponsorship identification

    Section 507 of the Communications Act, 47 U.S.C. § 508, requires that, when anyone provides or promises to provide money, services or other consideration to someone to include program matter in a broadcast, that fact must be disclosed in advance of the broadcast, ultimately to the station over which the matter is to be aired.  Both the person providing or promising to provide the money, services or other consideration and the recipient are obligated to make this disclosure so that the station may broadcast the sponsorship identification announcement required by Section 317 of the Communications Act.  Failure to disclose such payment or the providing of services or other consideration, or promise to provide them, is commonly referred to as ``payola'' and is punishable by a fine of not more than $10,000 or imprisonment for not more than one year or both. These criminal penalties bring violations within the purview of the Department of Justice.



    •  some one with law maybe ought to check it out. the (2+ / 0-)
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      stuff i saw looks like beck was up front with it, like an ad for freedomworks- but that's just looking at small sample.

      aside from the available stuff, it seems very strange that there might be other arrangements beside freedom works.

      when limbaugh does a whole week on a particular topic that's unusual and big. his programming is closely tied with the others and the think tanks can use them to spread whatever they want. so it's automatic that they'd work in unison to blast benghazi out-  that's probably part of what they get paid for - selling the talking points. but for instance, the week just before the copenhagen climate summit and obama's visit there limbaugh did a whole week practically, with the east anglia "climate gate' emails and eventually it derailed obama and basically the summit. michael mann said we lost years because of it. i could see the koch bros paying a little extra.

      and actually, the whole tea party thing that blasted up to stop health care reform was talk radio- armey may have over paid for the ads but stopped health care reform- cheap for a few million.

      This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

      by certainot on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 08:37:56 PM PST

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