When Americans get frustrated with their media, they often feel inclined to take their gripes to a higher power. That would be the government. Commentators, journalists, pundits, etc., drive news consumers over and over to dial up or e-mail the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) — the better to lobby for relief from all these experts. The Erik Wemple Blog a while back requested a cross-section of complaints and hereby continues a series showcasing the best ones.
On March 10, 2011, a news consumer sent the FCC this complaint after guest and filmmaker Michael Moore discussed with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow a high-school student walkout in Madison, Wis., in the midst of a fight over unions:
Rachel Maddow guest Michael Moore on MSNBC encouraged high school children to leave their schools to protest this coming Friday, 3/12/11. These are 15, 16, 17 year old kids! Who will be responsible for these children? Who will supervise? Who will protect? MSNBC? Maddow? Moore? Will their parents be consulted? This seems terrifically irresponsible broadcast behavior. MSNBC should be admonished for this.