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Conservative CounterrevolutionChallenging Liberalism in 1950s Milwaukee$
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Tula A. Connell

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039904

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039904.001.0001

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Public or Private? The Battle over Channel 10

Public or Private? The Battle over Channel 10

(p.58) 3 Public or Private? The Battle over Channel 10
Conservative Counterrevolution

Tula A. Connell

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines how moderate conservative activists united with the far-right conservative local media, which sharply opposed the Frank Zeidler administration, to challenge the role of the public sector in providing educational television—a seemingly innocuous issue that far less liberal cities like Houston addressed without controversy. The battle over Channel 10 was part of the larger struggle between proponents of an expansive public sector and champions of limited government. Working with the Common Council and supportive community groups, commercial broadcast interests turned what could have been a simple process of accepting federal provision of airspace for nonprofit use into a years-long ideological struggle between supporters of publicly funded services and their opponents.

Keywords:   educational television, Channel 10, publicly funded services, limited government, far-right local media, conservative local media, conservative activists, commercial broadcast interests

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