(OpEdNews.com) — Today, the U.S. Senate is likely to confirm Tom Wheeler as the new Chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the federal agency tasked with protecting the public interest in all things media, particularly over our public airwaves.

One of the first questions Wheeler’s FCC will have to (reluctantly?) decide: Is Talk Radio the same as “bonafide news”?

More than three quarters of the American public say no, according to Pew Research, and one would think an agency sworn to protect the public interest and its airwaves would agree with that vast majority. But will Wheeler choose to put the public interest first, or will his FCC continue to simply turn a blind eye, as the agency has done since the Reagan administration?

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