Re "Buying Influence" (California Focus, Nov. 11): The infographic reports the spending of nearly $400 million statewide for political ads on the 11 ballot propositions. About 75 percent, or $300 million, went to produce and place ads on TV and radio -- $300 million!
It's easy to see that no matter what the outcome of the election, the real winners every election season are the TV and radio stations. These broadcast stations have lucrative and scarce FCC licenses. In return they're required to serve the public interest.
So just how did these stations serve the public interest this election season? Did they produce special programs like on-air debates, nonpartisan discussions, in-depth interviews? Or was it business as usual, but with a lot more lucrative ads to air?
-- Roger Smith, Loomis
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