A resignation leads to promised reform, a FOIA office spreads to the heartland, and a little transparency at the Department of Justice raises more questions. This is this week’s FOIA roundup.
A handful of complaints received by the Federal Communications Commission on the day of Jim Acosta’s now-infamous press conference accuse CNN of creating a “climate of mistrust and violence” by promoting, you guessed it, “fake news.”
Currently filling the 10 pm to midnight time slot on CNN, Don Lemon has apparently made no friends among temperance activists, opponents of potty mouth, and Trump supporters. According to Federal Communications Commission complaints released through FOIA, 41 people between 2015 and 2017 wrote to the Federal government to complain about Lemon’s newscasting.
A request for FCC complaints for InfoWars turned up a handful of indignant Alex Jones fans furious that their fearless leader was so rudely disrespected by the hosts of other shows.
The litigator-turned-commentator Nancy Grace’s decade-plus reign on cable news ended a year ago this summer. Beryl Lipton filed for the last batch of FCC complaints regarding her show on HLN. Amid more standard gripes about profanity and “butt flesh,” are the threads of an emerging conspiracy of “activist networks” to make the world go mad, one segment on #BabyForSale at a time.