Category Archives: Media

August 20, 2013

Is Online Transparency Just a Feel-Good Sham?
NationalJournalLogoNational Journal cites J.H. Snider on the intermixing of real and fake participatory democracy as illustrated by the White House’s We The People petition website and the House Majority Leader’s Citizen Cosponsor Project.


May 10, 2012

Kirby, Paul, “Critic Contrasts the FCC and NTIA to GSA,” TRDaily, May 10, 2012


J.H. Snider, founder and president of who has studied spectrum management, said in a column on “The Huffington Post” that the FCC and National Telecommunications and Information Administration have wasted more government assets than the General Services Administration, which came under criticism for a lavish conference near Las Vegas. “Which has wasted more taxpayer assets: the GSA or FCC NTIA? In my judgment, the FCC NTIA wins hands down,” Mr. Snider wrote. “The GSA could never get away with giving away tens of billions of dollars of worth of government buildings to mega corporations and billionaires. Nor could it get away with having most of its government building space lie empty and unleased.” He asked, “What accounts for the different treatment? Why is a million dollars of waste at the GSA a scandal but not tens of billions of dollars at the FCC NTIA? I believe public ignorance and apathy are the immediate cause of blame. The public is scientifically illiterate and doesn’t understand the physical properties and economics of spectrum, which also appear to bore the public silly.” He said Congress should hold oversight hearings on the federal agencies’ spectrum management.

TRDaily – May 10, 2012

May 8, 2012

The Huffington PostThe Real Meaning of the GSA Scandal
J.H. Snider’s Huffington Post article critiquing public’s fixation on a scandal involving negligible waste.  TR Daily reports on the comparison drawn between the GSA and NTIA-FCC.TR Daily

October 27, 2011

Whither Journalistic Ethics?  Why Politico has fallen short in its coverage of spectrum issues 
The Huffington PostJ.H. Snider’s Huffington Post article on the material but undisclosed conflicts of interest Politico has in covering spectrum policy issues.

October 24, 2011

The Huffington Post

The Broadcast Industry’s Free TV Scam Redux: Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me 
J.H. Snider’s Huffington Post article on the newly announed Free TV and Broadband Coalition.

October 17, 2011

Could Federal Government Privacy Policy Kill Online News? 
The Huffington PostJ.H. Snider’s Huffington Post article discussing an underappreciated linkage between privacy policy and media policy.

June 27, 2009

Harvard Veritas LogoTaking steps to deal with media parasitism
Harvard’s Nieman Watchdog publishes J.H. Snider’s second article in a two-part series on  the problem and solution to media free riding.

June 22, 2009

Harvard Veritas LogoFree riding: a deeply embedded media tradition
Harvard’s Nieman Watchdog publishes J.H. Snider’s first article in a two-part series on  the problem and solution to media free riding.

May 30, 2008

The Role of News Media in the Governance Agenda
J.H. Snider serves as workshop discussant at this joint event sponsored by the Communication for Governance and Accountability Program at the World Bank and the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, May 29-31, 2008.

February 29, 2008

J.H. Snider on Spectrum Policy (half hour segment, with Snider segment beginning at 18:50)
Counterspin, a radio program run on NPR affiliates, interviews J.H. Snider about his Nieman Watchdog article (see below).

February 21, 2008


Harvard Veritas LogoIs the spectrum just too complex for reporters?
Nieman Watchdog 
publishes a commentary summarizing J.H. Snider’s Kennedy School presentation.

January 28, 2008

Four Spring Fellows Named
Editor & Publisher reports on the appointment of the four new Harvard Kennedy School of Government Shorenstein Center fellows for Spring Semester 2008, including’s J.H. Snider.