Time Warner Cable and CBS act like two kids fighting in a playground, each yelling "he started it."
Both are shooting themselves in the foot with subscribers, audiences and advertisers. They're also violating two Federal laws:
• Must Carry was enacted during cable TV's early days, and requires all cable systems carry all local stations in their viewing areas. Station owners demanded this bill to ensure that broadcasters didn't bypass them.
• The Federal Communications Act, updated in 1996, requires all TV stations to "serve the public's interest, convenience and necessity," or risk losing their licenses for free use of public air waves. Cutting off viewers to extort re-transmission consent fees from cable operators hardly meets this criteria.
Federal Communications Commission's interim chairperson Mignon Clyburn says she may intervene to end the blackout. Tell her to do her job. If she doesn't, cancel your cable subscription and boycott Channel 2's programs and advertisers. Enough already.