Why Stripping Fox's Broadcast License Is a Terrible Idea

Plus: A listener inquires about the potential positive effects of ranked-choice voting reforms.


In this week's The Reason Roundtable, editors Matt Welch, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, and Peter Suderman are all back in action, and they tear into recent arguments by the Federal Communications Commission in favor of revoking Fox News' broadcast license. The editors also ponder the appointment of a special counsel in the ongoing Hunter Biden probe.

1:06: Special counsel appointed to investigate Hunter Biden

16:00: Misguided threats to yank Fox News' broadcast license

30:54: Weekly Listener Question

53:47: Age verification laws for online porn

Mentioned in this podcast:

"Hunter Biden and Donald Trump Should Both Have Jury Trials," by Clark Neily

"The Legally Authorized Charges Against Donald Trump and Hunter Biden Don't Tell Us What Justice Requires," by Jacob Sullum

"How Joe Biden Went from Middle-Class Joe to a Millionaire," by Caroline Hallemann

"Hunter Biden Shouldn't Go to Prison for Violating an Arbitrary Gun Law," by Jacob Sullum

"What the President Gets Wrong About Broadcast TV," by Jessica Rosenworcel

"How Deregulation Gave Us FM Radio, HBO, and the iPhone," by Nick Gillespie and Thomas W. Hazlett

"Celebrating the End of the Fairness Doctrine," by Nick Gillespie

"FCC Chair Preemptively Rubbishes Trump's Dumb Tweet About Challenging Media Licenses," by Matt Welch

"Child-proofing the World," by Nick Gillespie

"The New Campaign for a Sex-Free Internet," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"The EARN IT Act Is the New FOSTA," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"Small Porn Producers Will Be Hurt Most by New Age Verification Laws," by Jessica Stoya

"Childproofing the Internet," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"Social Media Age Requirements Are Anti-Free Speech," by Jeff Kosseff

"Ranked Choice Voting Worked in Alaska. Sarah Palin Came to CPAC To Complain About It." by Joe Lancaster

"Can ranked-choice voting save American democracy? We ask an expert," by Fredreka Schouten

"Reasons To Like Ranked‐Choice Voting," by Walter Olson

Send your questions to roundtable@reason.com. Be sure to include your social media handle and the correct pronunciation of your name.

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Audio production by Ian Keyser; assistant production by Hunt Beaty.

Music: "Angeline," by The Brothers Steve