John Light

John Light

John Light is a reporter and digital producer for the Bill Moyers team. His work has appeared at The Atlantic, Grist, Mother Jones, Salon, Slate, Vox and Al Jazeera, and has been broadcast on Public Radio International. He's a graduate of Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. You can follow him on Twitter at @LightTweeting.

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Friday, August 18, 2017
Can Anyone Stop Trump’s FCC From Approving a Conservative Local News Empire?
President Trump’s Federal Communications Commission, under chairman Ajit Pai, has been clearing the way for a merger between Sinclair Broadcasting and Tribune Media, two television companies that together own hundreds of local news stations. Just months ago, this sort of merger would have been...
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Sunday, July 23, 2017
Top CEOs Make 271 Times More Than the Average American
In 2016, CEOs at America’s largest firms made, on average, 271 times more than the average US worker . Fifty years ago, that ratio was 20-to-1. The CEO-to-worker pay ratio, calculated annually by the Economic Policy Institute , a progressive think tank, has narrowed slightly in recent years; in...
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Trump’s Voter Suppression Team is Playing the Long Game
Earlier this week, the ACLU and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law each filed separate lawsuits against the Trump administration, alleging that its Commission on Election Integrity is violating federal law. The lawsuits challenge the commission on the basis of transparency. "This...
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Thursday, June 29, 2017
The Ironworker Running to Unseat Paul Ryan Wants Single-Payer Health Care, $15 Minimum Wage
A campaign ad went viral last week — something that, despite political consultants’ best efforts, doesn’t often happen. It begins with an elderly woman sitting in her living room in Wisconsin. As her middle-aged son listens, she describes her concern that she someday may not be able to pay for the...
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Sunday, June 04, 2017
Trump Has Made the 2020 Election a Referendum on Climate Change
On Thursday last week, President Donald Trump delivered on years of promises to his supporters and spat in the face of the world by pulling out of the Paris Agreement on climate change. After the announcement, many of our allies publicly denounced the US — but, privately, reacted with relief that...
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Vice President Al Gore speaks as President Bill Clinton looks on during an informal discussion with parents and children in Alexandria, Virginia on Feb. 9, 1996. Clinton had signed the Telecommunications Act the previous day. (Photo: Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Sunday, May 14, 2017
How Media Consolidation Threatens Democracy: 857 Channels (and Nothing On)
Earlier this week, we wrote about a pending deal between Sinclair Broadcasting and Tribune Media . Sinclair hopes to buy Tribune, a move that will allow the company to broadcast news to 70 percent of Americans. But the deal has raised eyebrows. The company is notoriously close with Trump, and also...
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Ajit Pai testifies during a senate hearing on September 15, 2016. (Photo: Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call via AP Images) Views
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Trump’s FCC Has Paved the Way For a Giant, Local Fox News
Fox News may have hit a rough patch, with both its CEO and top pundit felled by a storm of sexual harassment allegations within one short year. But another conservative media corporation — one with a name far less known, but that might soon be just as powerful — is poised to expand its reach into...
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Tuesday, May 09, 2017
Trump’s Bogus Reason for Bailing on the Paris Agreement
Donald Trump looks as if he is preparing to pull out of the Paris Agreement. After months of delayed and rescheduled meetings on the topic, the administration has suggested it will make its official decision this week about whether or not to stay in the global pact, which encourages almost 200...
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Sunday, April 02, 2017
The Deep State, Explained
As the daily drip of information about possible links between Trump’s campaign and Russia trickles on, Democrats, commentators and at least some officials in the US intelligence community, it seems, smell a rat. CNN reported last week that according to sources, “The FBI has information that...
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Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama, signs a power plant regulation proposal during a news conference in Washington, DC, on June 2, 2014. Views
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
The GOP Plan to Prevent a Repeat of Obama’s Climate Action
Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, attracted some attention last week for his opposition to a Supreme Court precedent that undergirds many of the regulations put forth by federal agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Communications Commission. "It’s...
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