The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), joined by a diverse collection of other organizations, reached out to leaders at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to urge each entity to act on NHMC’s long-standing requests to study the effects of hate speech in media.
NHMC sent letters to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Assistant Secretary Lawrence Strickling of the NTIA. In the letter to FCC Chairman Genachowski, NHMC requested prompt action on its two-year-old petition for inquiry and urged the FCC to examine the extent, nature and effects of hate speech in media, and possible non-regulatory ways to counteract or reduce its negative impacts.
These letters follow almost two weeks of public conversation about the effects of violent rhetoric in media. A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll found that 82% of Americans feel that the tone of political discourse is “negative” and 49% believe that this negative tone creates or could create a climate that encourages violence.