Scott Pilutik

I am an attorney and consultant living and working in Manhattan, focusing primarily on church/state constitutional law. I'm a recognized expert on the Church of Scientology organization. I also have strong interests in intellectual property law where it intersects with emerging media, and free speech.

I support the efforts of the Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the National Lawyers Guild, the ACLU, Creative Commons, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. I am a member of the New York County Lawyers Association and the New York State Bar Association. I also enjoy (watching) hockey and (doing) photograhy.

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That Cocoa Krispies provides no medical benefits to your children’s immune systems is a somewhat ridiculous thing to go to court over, but Kellogg’s left class action attorneys no choice.

via Fooducate.


Per the LA Times, the FCC issued a 475-page report finding what everyone else has known for decades: local news is abysmal. Still, late to the game or not, it’s at least nominally heartening to read quotes like the following from FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, in a statement released with the report: “The less quality reporting we have, the less likely we are to learn about government misdeeds.”

Indeed, the FCC noted that The Times covers almost 100 municipalities and 10 million residents. David Lauter, Metro editor of The Times, is quoted as saying that his staff is “spread thinner and there are fewer people on any given area…. We’re not there every day, or even every week or every month. Unfortunately, nobody else is either.”

Local TV is singled out in the report for not covering important issues enough. Although the number of hours of local news has increased over the last few years, too few stations “are investing in more reporting on critical local issues,” the report said. Furthermore, the report said that although stations may be adding newscasts, they are doing it with fewer reporters.

While this is more positive than anything we’ve seen from the FCC in  a long while, this story could’ve been written years ago. More importantly though, the FCC is picking at low-hanging fruit: FCC-enabled media consolidation is far more culpable than the “changing media landscape” in destroying the quality of news reporting. The full report can be read here.