Powell AWOL at South Dakota Localism Hearing

The FCC’s ongoing “Localism Task Force” tour stopped yesterday in Rapid City, South Dakota – the hometown of Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein. Only the two Democrats on the Commission (Adelstein and Michael Copps) bothered to show up. Chairman Mikey Powell was supposed to be there but backed out due to a last-minute “scheduling conflict.”
Funny thing, though: Powell managed to be in South Dakota the day before for a meeting with governor Mike Rounds on issues dealing with wireless technology. But I digress.
A local report says Copps & Adelstein got earfuls from the hearing – close to five hours’ worth of public testimony. Whether the effort amounts to anything or not, of course, is another story.
In another affront to the concept of localism, a columnist with the Cleveland Free Press calls out Clear Channel’s WTAM-AM on misfires involving voice-tracking and “faux news.”