Los Angeles CA Full Disclosure Network presents a nine-minute video news blog with Ed Asner who appears to attack the “progressive” members of the Los Angeles City Council and challenges them to stop the neglect of the public cable access television channels and to start funding the facilities here in the heart of the media world and Hollywood California. Asner, was especially critical of the City’s practice of diverting the vast majority of $25 million in annual cable franchise fees, paid by the cable operators, into the city’s general fund rather than supporting the public access channels, as it was intended.
Ed Asner is considered one of the most prominent activist actors of his time. He has emerged as the second political powerhouse to voice concern about government actions that would destroy America’s public access cable television system, joining Stanley Sheinbaum, the former UC Regent and President of the LA Police Commission who has been waging a campaign to convince the California Attorney General Edmund GO. Brown, to file for injunctive relief to stop the closing of the Time Warner Cable public access channels in Los Angeles.
Without opposition from the Mayor or the City Council of Los Angeles, Time Warner Cable has shut down public access cable channels in I.A. as of January 1, 2009. The City has failed to designate or provide for even one public access channel to fill the void while approving a plan to retain four government controlled public cable channels.
Asner, who won seven Emmy awards for his “Lou Grant” TV series focusing on news gathering and reporting operations, tells Full Disclosure of his concern that the “Progressive” members of the LA City Council have lost their way and have forgotten about the importance of free expression and the public’s right to public “venting” of their issues of concern.