Gotta Love the NAB
In usual fashion, David Rehr continues to contradict himself and his organization to benefit the argument of the hour. In his letter dated June 13th, he responded to Michael Copps Op-Ed piece entitled The Price of Free Airwaves stating that broadcasters go to enormous lengths to fulfill their role as a lifeline during crisis. He mentions the Amber alert system. What he fails to mention is that his group fought for legislation that limits those Amber alerts to their system only. Why do you not get Amber alerts on satellite radio? Because the National Association of Broadcasters doesn’t want you to.
He continues by mentioning that their broadcasters are “first informers” during catastrophic events. However during Hurricane Katrina, most broadcasters were unwilling or unable rebuild their systems to transmit information regarding evacuations or rescue efforts. It was satellite that stepped in and allowed the Red Cross to use the airwaves to help save lives.
How about the great “payola” scandal that is still hitting front pages? FORCING people (especially minorities) to pay the radio stations to have their music played on the air.
Yes David Rehr. It is clear you care only about the communities that you serve. I applaud you. [/sarcasm]
It is amazing. Rehr is full of double talk, and it is good that people are aware of this. However, the fear is that for every person that sees through these tactics, there are 9 that don't.
If the pressure is maintained on the NAB, they will be exposed for all of this double talk.
This was a copy of an email I sent to the "Letter to the Editor" to the New York Times where Copps article and Rehrs response was published.
The NAB is becoming rediculous (as if they werent already) and it is time they are exposed.
NAB should be renamed
NASBA.... National Agenda of Selective Broadcasting Association
I have made it a point to illustrate several things regarding the NAB that simply do not add up. It is humorous that they are an organization asking consumers to "Do The Math".
Although Rehr was re-elected as president of the NAB, I get the feeling that he is putting an awful lot of eggs into 1 basket regarding this merger. The is also getting his hands tied with other issues because his argument for those things would go against things he has stated regarding the merger.
The NAB is not for the consumer......they are for the NAB