ontario http://michiganradio.org en Truth in Advertising http://michiganradio.org/post/truth-advertising <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-962869.mp3</p><p>Were you aware that there&rsquo;s a legal difference between print media and broadcast media in this country?</p><p>Print media, and the internet, are essentially completely free to print and say whatever they want to, although of course they can be sued if they commit libel or violate privacy laws. Broadcast media are different, however. The government, through the Federal Communications Commission, has the right to regulate them.</p><p>Stations can have their licenses revoked or not renewed if they violate FCC policy. Thirty years ago, stations could be in big trouble if they failed to provide news, or public service programming.</p><p>Those restrictions have now been largely relaxed. But stations can still risk their licenses if they broadcast hate speech, or programming that is either clearly racist or obscene.</p><p>The reason, by the way, that the government can regulate the broadcast media is that the airwaves are public property, like the national parks. And while you could theoretically have an infinite number of print publications or web sites, there&rsquo;s only so much space on the spectrum for radio and TV transmissions.</p><p>Being granted a place on the dial is a privilege that carries certain responsibilities. However, the question is what those responsibilities should be.&nbsp; Increasingly, I wonder whether stations should be allowed to broadcast advertising that is plainly false.</p><p>You might say that deception this is the very nature of most advertising, and to a point you&rsquo;d be right. Nobody really believes that if you start drinking a certain brand of soda that beautiful young things will suddenly frolic on the beach with you.</p><p>We expect ads to stretch the truth. But every so often, they do more than that. As witness a last-ditch, highly expensive propaganda campaign being waged by Matty Moroun, the billionaire who owns the Ambassador Bridge over the Detroit River. He is desperate to prevent the building of a competing bridge, something Governor Snyder wants. Most commercial interests in both the United States and Canada also say the bridge is badly needed. But, Moroun fears his profits might be affected, and is currently waging a hugely expensive ad campaign to try and sway legislators. Tue, 12 Apr 2011 14:59:24 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 2039 at http://michiganradio.org Truth in Advertising Ambassador bridge owner: Snyder’s plan for new Detroit/Ontario bridge should be stopped http://michiganradio.org/post/ambassador-bridge-owner-snyder%E2%80%99s-plan-new-detroitontario-bridge-should-be-stopped <p>Manuel &ldquo;Matty&rdquo; Moroun, the owner of the <a href="http://www.ambassadorbridge.com/">Ambassador Bridge</a>, says Governor Rick Snyder&rsquo;s <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-supports-new-detroit-river-bridge-and-he-says-hes-got-way-pay-it">proposal to build another bridge</a> connecting Detroit and Ontario should be stopped.</p><p>In an <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110406/BUSINESS04/104060405">interview with the Detroit Free Press on Monday</a>, Moroun said, &quot;I don&#39;t know what the governor&#39;s doing... He&#39;s probably going to win. I can&#39;t stop him, but he should be stopped. He&#39;s doing the wrong thing.&quot;</p><p>From the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110406/BUSINESS04/104060405">Freep</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Supporters of a publicly owned bridge say it will create construction and spin-off jobs near the new development and meet future traffic needs.</p><p>Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Snyder&#39;s point person on the proposed New International Trade Crossing, said the Moroun family&#39;s recent high-profile advertising campaign against the project cannot stop it...</p><p>By stressing the jobs that might be lost at his bridge and trucking companies if the public bridge is built, Moroun is clearly trying to influence the Republican-controlled, business-friendly Legislature that will soon decide the fate of Snyder&#39;s plan, he said...</p><p>Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel (Matty) Moroun, who opposes the Snyder plan because it would siphon traffic and revenue away from his privately owned span, sought to frame the debate this week as jobs in Michigan versus jobs elsewhere...</p><p>During the past couple of years, the Moroun family and associates have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign cash to both Republicans and Democrats to try to help block the public bridge project. During last year&#39;s gubernatorial campaign, however, Snyder did not take any contributions from the Morouns.</p></blockquote><p>Governor Rick Snyder <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/snyder-says-new-detroitontario-bridge-still-works">has said he wants lawmakers to introduce legislation</a> to authorize a new bridge when they come back from their Spring break. Lawmakers will be back in session next week. Wed, 06 Apr 2011 16:05:37 +0000 Zoe Clark 1933 at http://michiganradio.org Ambassador bridge owner: Snyder’s plan for new Detroit/Ontario bridge should be stopped Snyder says new Detroit/Ontario bridge is still in the works http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-says-new-detroitontario-bridge-still-works <p>Governor Rick Snyder says he hopes to introduce legislation next week that would move forward with construction on a second bridge span between Detroit and Canada. A similar proposal has met stiff opposition for several years among Republicans in the Legislature. Snyder says it is time for another international crossing:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Doing the new international trade crossing is the right thing to do. At the same time, when I did my analysis I believe there&rsquo;s viable opportunity to have the Ambassador Bridge continue, the Windsor Tunnel, the Blue Water Bridge, and clear up at the Soo. We&rsquo;ve got great crossings, we just need another crossing.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Democrats in the Legislature say Snyder will need their votes to approve the bridge project. They say if the governor wants their support he will also need to work with them more during budget negotiations.</p><p>Lawmakers return next week from their spring break. Mon, 04 Apr 2011 11:01:44 +0000 Laura Weber 1896 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder says new Detroit/Ontario bridge is still in the works Ontario cities no longer sending garbage to Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/ontario-cities-no-longer-sending-garbage-michigan <p>Michigan Senator <a href="http://stabenow.senate.gov/">Debbie Stabenow</a> hailed what she called a "major milestone" in the fight to stop Canadian trash shipments to Michigan. Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek was at a <a href="http://stabenow.senate.gov/?p=press_release&amp;id=214">press conference that the Senator held</a> yesterday in Detroit. Cwiek sent this report:</p><blockquote><p>Michigan charges only 21 cents a ton to dump trash in landfills. That's far less than other Great Lakes states.</p><p>As a result, Ontario, as well as some U.S. states, export some of their trash to Michigan. But, Stabenow says as of January first, Ontario cities are no longer shipping their municipal waste. She credits a voluntary agreement she and Senator Carl Levin reached with Ontario officials in 2006.</p><p>But, Stabenow says that's not the end of the story because the agreement doesn't apply to non-municipal trash.</p><p>Commercial and industrial waste accounts for about 60-percent of the trash that's shipped from Canada to Michigan. Tue, 18 Jan 2011 11:36:53 +0000 Zoe Clark 912 at http://michiganradio.org Ontario cities no longer sending garbage to Michigan Blue Water Bridge reopened http://michiganradio.org/post/blue-water-bridge-reopened <p>The <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,1607,7-151-9618_11070---,00.html">Blue Water Bridge</a> has been reopened. The bridge, which links Port Huron, Michigan and Sarnia, Ontario, was shut down Monday and Tuesday to commercial traffic as crews worked to clear snow from the week's <a href="http://michiganradionews.org/post/winter-storm-slams-michigan">severe winter storm</a>.</p><p>As The Associated Press <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-mi-wintryweather-bri,0,4030157.story">reports</a>, the bridge's closing:</p><blockquote><p>...forced several General Motors Co. plants in Michigan to interrupt production and caused long delays at the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20101216/NEWS05/12160421/1001/news/Snowstorm-revives-questions-about-need-for-a-2nd-bridge-to-Canada">Ambassador Bridge</a> crossing between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario. Thu, 16 Dec 2010 13:49:59 +0000 Zoe Clark 615 at http://michiganradio.org Blue Water Bridge reopened