Eliot Spitzer Upset That The FCC Is Deflating His Payola Publicity Stunt
from the does-it-really-matter? dept
Eliot Spitzer has made quite a name for himself over the years, cracking down on various consumer frauds and abuses. Just today, we've written about his latest attempt to stop some of the sneakier adware providers out there. On the whole, it's a good thing he's willing to fight some of these fights and expose a lot of issues that otherwise get buried. However, sometimes it seems like he gets too focused on smaller, less important issues. Those who dislike him (and it's a long list), often accuse him of being more interested in the publicity associated with these lawsuits, rather than any truly high-minded motivations -- and sometimes that shows in what appear to be overzealous efforts to fight various fights that probably aren't worth fighting. Last month, he continued his ongoing fight against radio payola, while some question just how big a "problem" it really is. It appears that the FCC is among those who don't seem to think it's that big of a deal, and have conducted their own efforts that are likely to end in what amounts to a slap on the wrist for those involved. This has apparently angered Spitzer to no end, as he suggests it interferes with his own efforts to punish these companies. Of course, while it's great that Spitzer takes on causes that the federal government ignores or misses, that doesn't always mean he's the only one who should be involved. The payola scandals are becoming increasingly less of an issue thanks to the many new channels for getting music -- especially over the internet. The "harm" done to consumers doesn't seem to be that big of a deal, and the FCC recognizes that fact. Spitzer should be happy that at least the FCC got involved, so he can focus on more important issues that really do impact a lot of people.