Craig Aaron

Craig Aaron is president and CEO of Free Press, the national, non partisan media reform group. He is the editor of two books, Appeal to Reason: 25 Years of In These Times and Changing Media: Public Interest Policies for the Digital Age. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

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The United States should impose a similar mechanism on targeted advertising to counteract how the platforms undermine journalism and amplify content that’s polluting our civic discourse. (Photo: The Hill) Views
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Want to Save Journalism? Tax the Attention Economy
Way, way back in 2009 as Facebook was celebrating its fifth anniversary, CEO Mark Zuckerberg blogged that the company was founded “to give people the tools to engage and understand the world around them.” In the 10 years since then, Facebook’s user base has multiplied more than 10 times. But...
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"While such industry-written legislation would be the worst idea since chicken fries, there’s no chance the public will buy it." (And Congress shouldn’t either.)(Photo:Screenshot) Views
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Burger King Loves Net Neutrality (?!) and Other Whoppers
These are not words I ever expected to type. And yet Wednesday, the fast-food giant released one of the most clever Net Neutrality explainer videos ever. It’s a must-watch: Some buzz-killers are complaining that Burger King doesn’t really care about Net Neutrality and is just trying to exploit a...
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"I’ve had more than one congressional office tell me that Net Neutrality is one of the main issues motivating young people across the political spectrum, ranking right up with marijuana legalization." (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
What's Next for Net Neutrality in Congress and the Courts
On Tuesday, all 47 Senate Democrats announced they would co-sponsor a “resolution of disapproval” to overturn the FCC’s Net Neutrality-killing vote last December. Add in the pledged support from the two Senate independents as well as Republican Susan Collins, and we have 50 votes. In other words,...
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Thursday, June 01, 2017
Trump TV, Coming to a Market Near You
Donald Trump’s favorite local TV chain is about to get a lot bigger thanks to—wait for it—Donald Trump. Trump’s Federal Communications Commission is paving the way for Sinclair Broadcast Group—already the nation’s largest TV conglomerate—to take over Tribune , which owns 42 stations in many of the...
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Friday, October 28, 2016
AT&T/Time Warner: The Case Against Monster Bell
After AT&T announced its plans last Saturday to take over Time Warner in a multi-bazillion-dollar merger, a strange thing happened. Well, a bunch of strange things. First, Donald Trump unexpectedly blasted the merger, saying it was “a deal we will not approve in my administration because it’s...
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016
The Net Neutrality Verdict Is In: We Won!
Today a panel of judges ruled in favor of the FCC's Net Neutrality rules — agreeing with the overwhelming majority of internet users that this agency can and must protect everyone's rights to connect and communicate. This outcome proves what we've known all along: that the FCC chose the right legal...
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Thursday, February 26, 2015
How We Won Net Neutrality
This is what democracy looks like. That's not something I thought I'd ever say about the bureaucrats at the Federal Communications Commission. After years of cronyism, corruption and cowardice, Thursday's vote for strong Net Neutrality rules at the FCC is unexpected if not unprecedented. The FCC is...
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Friday, December 19, 2014
Sunlight ‘Study’ Leaves Net Neutrality in the Dark
The Sunlight Foundation this week put up a post claiming that a “shadowy organization with ties to the Koch brothers” dominated the final round of Net Neutrality comments at the FCC. But scratch the surface of this "study" and you’ll find a deeply flawed analysis of admittedly messy FCC data — one...
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Friday, October 10, 2014
President Obama ‘Expects’ Real Net Neutrality Protections—But Will Chairman Wheeler Deliver?
During a question-and-answer session in Santa Monica, Calif., Obama reiterated his strong support for Net Neutrality and his opposition to the sort of pay-for-priority plan Wheeler has proposed. “I am unequivocally committed to Net Neutrality,” Obama said to applause from the audience. “It is what...
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Thursday, May 08, 2014
Two FCC Commissioners Question Plan to Kill Net Neutrality
The furor over Chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan to kill Net Neutrality and allow rampant discrimination online has reached the halls of the Federal Communications Commission. On Wednesday, Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel, the other Democratic commissioners, expressed serious doubts about the...
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