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FCC Commissioner Wantsto Test the 'Public Value'of Every Broadcast Station
Cybercast News Service ^ | 12/3/10 | Susan Jones

Posted on 12/03/2010 9:07:30 AM PST by Nachum

(CNSNews.com) - American journalism is in "grave peril," FCC Commissioner Michael Copps says, and to bolster "traditional media," he said the Federal Communications Commission should conduct a "public value test" of every commercial broadcast station at relicensing time.

In a speech at the Columbia University School of Journalism in New York on Thursday, Copps also said station relicensing should happen every four years instead of the current eight.

"If a station passes the Public Value Test, it of course keeps the license it has earned to use the people’s airwaves," Copps said. "If not, it goes on probation for a year, renewable for an additional year if it demonstrates measurable progress. If the station fails again, give the license to someone who will use it to serve the public interest."

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Close the FCC
1 posted on 12/03/2010 9:07:33 AM PST by Nachum
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

http://www.nachumlist.com/


2 posted on 12/03/2010 9:08:02 AM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum
I have a better idea. Let's test the "public value" of the FCC.

Is the FCC sustainable?

3 posted on 12/03/2010 9:09:02 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (DEFCON I ALERT: The federal cancer has metastasized. All personnel report to their battle stations.)
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To: Nachum

I want to test the value of every commissioner. Not to mention every federal employee.


4 posted on 12/03/2010 9:09:02 AM PST by blackdog
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To: Nachum; Timesink; martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; PianoMan; GOPJ; ...
In a speech at the Columbia University School of Journalism in New York on Thursday, Copps also said station relicensing should happen every four years instead of the current eight. "If a station passes the Public Value Test, it of course keeps the license it has earned to use the people’s airwaves,"

Censor the enemies of the Democrat Party. Makes sense.

5 posted on 12/03/2010 9:09:36 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: Nachum

What is a Public Value Test?


6 posted on 12/03/2010 9:10:02 AM PST by GoCards (Why me? Why not me?)
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To: Nachum

The public value of each radio station is tested already, and not just every eight years.

Rather, it’s tested EVERY DAY by listeners.

PBS fails such a test, as evidenced by the very few listeners they have.


7 posted on 12/03/2010 9:10:14 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (If America falls darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: Nachum
The funny thing is, how stupid can someone be to make a comment like that, and be in communications?

Obama gives his flying monkeys machine guns. Not very smart.

8 posted on 12/03/2010 9:11:18 AM PST by blackdog
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To: Nachum

NO.


9 posted on 12/03/2010 9:11:29 AM PST by maxter (Sarah 2012.... just for the halibut.)
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To: Nachum
American journalism is in "grave peril," FCC Commissioner Michael Copps says

There is little "journalism" in America today. The alphabet networks don't provide it, the 24 hour "news" networks don't...

400 so-called journalists on Journolist were exposed as colluding on election coverage to shield Barack Obama from negative press.

ABC News' Mark Halperin said the same thing in 2004 (essentially we don't have to cover both sides equally and we don't have to point out the lies from both sides because Bush is more evil than Kerry...).

10 posted on 12/03/2010 9:12:36 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: Nachum

clearly he has no idea how many people Beck and Limbaugh can turn out into the streets of D.C. if they choose to go to Defcon 5


11 posted on 12/03/2010 9:12:57 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Nachum

Not to mention his proposed policy just sounds like a chicago style yearly shakedown of media corporations.


12 posted on 12/03/2010 9:13:21 AM PST by blackdog
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To: Nachum

I propose instead we do a “public value test” of government employees.


13 posted on 12/03/2010 9:13:28 AM PST by epithermal
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To: Nachum

The government testing the “value” of something?

What could go wrong?


14 posted on 12/03/2010 9:13:46 AM PST by brownsfan (D - swift death of the republic, R - lingering death for the republic.)
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To: Nachum

Then we will discover Fox News has been on “Double-Secret” probation the whole time...


15 posted on 12/03/2010 9:14:27 AM PST by 2dollarbill
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To: GoCards
What is a Public Value Test?

The Soviets had one.

16 posted on 12/03/2010 9:14:35 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: 2dollarbill

FoxNews is on cable but then again, the FCC is claiming power over the interwebs too.


17 posted on 12/03/2010 9:15:16 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: Balding_Eagle
The public value of each radio station is tested already, and not just every eight years. Rather, it’s tested EVERY DAY by listeners.

Exactly. The public itself, not the FCC makes the final determination of the "Public Value".

18 posted on 12/03/2010 9:15:52 AM PST by oldbrowser
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To: Nachum

This is one of the biggest threats to the Conservative movements EVER. The beginnings of a totalitarian state control of the media!!!


19 posted on 12/03/2010 9:16:16 AM PST by Laserman
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To: Nachum
If I'm John Boehner, one of the first 10 things I do (personally) in late January is to send a pink slip to Michael Copps, as the FCC is directly responsible to Congress.
20 posted on 12/03/2010 9:16:26 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Nachum

Can they do that with cable channels too?

I can think of about 40 I’d like removed for lack of interest.


21 posted on 12/03/2010 9:18:44 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: GoCards

They’ll work that out as they go along.


22 posted on 12/03/2010 9:18:48 AM PST by SMARTY (Conforming to non-conformity is conforming just the same.)
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To: Laserman

Ah, I get it. Destroying the banking industry, taking over the auto industry, oil, food, air travel, socialized medicine, and ruining the currency was just a warm up to crushing freedom of speech.


23 posted on 12/03/2010 9:19:00 AM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum
Elected employs should be tested for Public ethics.
24 posted on 12/03/2010 9:19:04 AM PST by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: Nachum

Congress MUST cut FCC funding next year to reign in another out of control agency!


25 posted on 12/03/2010 9:19:55 AM PST by A. Morgan
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To: Nachum

I despise these people. Notice he uses the word “progress”

We all know what that means. Not to mention those stations will fail if the FCC imposes unpopular programming on them.


26 posted on 12/03/2010 9:21:04 AM PST by dforest
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To: Nachum

I suppose that if a station is making money, that tells nothing about its “public value.” A government commission is necessary to determine public value! This is pure socialism grading into totalitarianism, and I say to hell with it!


27 posted on 12/03/2010 9:21:49 AM PST by docbnj
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To: a fool in paradise
"the people’s airwaves".

I-am-a-communist-tool Alert. He means "the government's airwaves", but can't say it because it's too honest.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

28 posted on 12/03/2010 9:22:49 AM PST by The Comedian (Government: Saving people from freedom since time immemorial.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I have a better idea. Let’s test the “public value” of the FCC.

Is the FCC sustainable?
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AMEN!!!!!


29 posted on 12/03/2010 9:24:54 AM PST by Irenic
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To: Nachum
I got out of radio in 1981, but if the policies are still the same, each station must renew their license about every three years; it amounts to a mountain of paperwork - probably a 1 to 2 inch stack of forms on which you have to 'fess all to the FCC.

Insofar as stations are licensed for "public service", we had to not only promise what we were going to do for the next three years to fullfill that promise, but also what we HAD DONE for the past three years since the last license renewal.

Now given that scenario - or any updated similar scenario - every US Radio stations asserts its "public value" to the government every three years, not to mention a hefty license reneweal FEE.

Now, given that, either the FCC has the work ethic of the DOT and never bothers to read those reams of documents, OR...the are just out once again to GET RUSH.

Methinks it is the latter.
30 posted on 12/03/2010 9:25:50 AM PST by FrankR (Don't let the bastards wear you down!)
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To: a fool in paradise

“If a station passes the Public Value Test, it of course keeps the license it has earned to use the people’s airwaves,”
_________________________________________________
Hugo Chavez


31 posted on 12/03/2010 9:26:54 AM PST by Irenic
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To: Nachum

FCC Commissioner Michael Copps
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Scary stuff. Sieg Heil Meister Copps.


32 posted on 12/03/2010 9:28:31 AM PST by November 2010
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To: Buckeye McFrog
clearly he has no idea how many people Beck and Limbaugh can turn out into the streets of D.C. if they choose to go to Defcon 5


Totally agree, that would be something to see,wouldn't it?

On a nickpickity point, it's really DefCon 1 that you mean, DefCon 5 is lowest and goes up from there.
33 posted on 12/03/2010 9:29:12 AM PST by CygnusTheSwan ("Me fail English? That's unpossible" - Ralph Wiggum)
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To: The Comedian

This is right out of the Opendemocracy.net handbook...tools of george soros...who would have thunk it.

This is already happening in the UK


34 posted on 12/03/2010 9:32:41 AM PST by BubbaJunebug
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To: Nachum

do we really need the FCC?

what good purpose does it provide?


35 posted on 12/03/2010 9:35:45 AM PST by ncpatriot
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To: epithermal

Bump!


36 posted on 12/03/2010 9:38:55 AM PST by opentalk
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To: All

There’s no guessing about it, Obama has loaded his administration with communist folk. SOOooo many are connected to Abner J. Mikva, even Julius at the FCC. Mikva is even directly connected to Saul Alinsky.

I had started researching the guy and found this blog, it pretty much has everything...(I found a bit more but this blog has most of it)
http://newzeal.blogspot.com/2010/05/obama-file-103-barack-obamas.html

Maybe everybody knew and has read this already but it was new to me.


37 posted on 12/03/2010 9:46:45 AM PST by Irenic
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To: Nachum

And the almighty FCC shall determine what is and shall be good throughout the land.

Silence... The Almighty Oz has spoken.


38 posted on 12/03/2010 9:50:09 AM PST by BFM (CLINTON is and always will be a rapist. Never forget!)
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To: a fool in paradise
"Public value"

I saw an excerpt from an interview where he expanded on this topic, and it sounds like "public value" means "working with the community" (e.g., liberal activist groups) in order to insure that the community's "needs" are being met. The FCC will also undoubtedly invoke "diversity" as a criteria that needs to be met, which will also mean cow-towing to liberal interest groups and minority groups. In short, they will give these liberal organizations some sort of censorship role, or require that stations carry programming that these groups insist on and approve of.
39 posted on 12/03/2010 9:51:32 AM PST by Steve_Seattle ("Above all, shake your bum at Burton.")
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To: Buckeye McFrog; StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; ...
clearly he has no idea how many people Beck and Limbaugh can turn out into the streets of D.C. if they choose to go to Defcon 5

AMEN, Buckeye McFrog! ;-)

40 posted on 12/03/2010 9:52:06 AM PST by nutmeg
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To: Laserman

It is a simple fact that there is more news available now than in the supposed glory days of Walter Cronkite, who - I like to point out - didn’t even have a college degree. Whatthis guy is saying is that there’s too much news and opinion coming out that he wishes wasn’t coming out.


41 posted on 12/03/2010 9:54:59 AM PST by Steve_Seattle ("Above all, shake your bum at Burton.")
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To: Nachum

“Close the FCC”

Absolutely agree...they are just another tool of this Socialist/Communist regime....like the EPA, Dept of Education, and etc...


42 posted on 12/03/2010 9:58:16 AM PST by BlessingsofLiberty (BOYCOTT NEVADA...!!!!)
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To: Nachum
"If a station passes the Public Value Test, it of course keeps the license it has earned to use the people’s airwaves,"

The whole premise of the FCC is absurd. The people determine public value through the mechanism of economics. It's a much better measure than any arbitrary judgements made by bureaucrats.

43 posted on 12/03/2010 9:58:26 AM PST by 3niner (When Obama succeeds, America fails.)
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To: Nachum

NOAA weather radio has more public value than any NPR station—and higher ratings.


44 posted on 12/03/2010 10:07:46 AM PST by mikey_hates_everything
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To: nutmeg

Wow- they’re serious, aren’t they?

Well guess what- so are we.

There are still some Aremericans here Mr. FCC and you WILL hear our voices if you try this crap.


45 posted on 12/03/2010 10:14:07 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Nachum
Talk radio has been driving them insane for 20 years.

With the help of the mainstream networks and newspapers, the Dems have tried to ridicule it's content and marginalize it's influence. When none of that worked, they tried financing their own network...only problem was no one wanted to listen.

I've been a talk radio fan most of my life, and witnessing it's maturity has been fascinating. It's influence on the political discussion has only increased as the traditional media outlets continue to flounder.

The demise of the so-called fairness doctrine unleashed the voice of the political opposition which had become defined by Woodward/Bernstein activist style journalism school graduates. Their monopoly allowed them to define conservatism. They made us out to be cartoon characters and Reagan as our lovable actor (dunce) leader.

I'll bet if you went back to the early years of Rush and searched transcripts of his show, you would find the most repeated phrase was something like, "Finally, someone in the media is saying what I think!"

The free market has determined that without government subsidies and tax-shelter endowments, liberal radio can barely survive.

Meanwhile, the list of successful conservative talk shows that not only have an audience, but, in spite of unrelenting sponsorship boycotts, create profits, continues to grow.

The Dems lay awake at night plotting ways to "Hush Rush". Obama would regain his deity status among the "professional left" if he could assert control over media content.

Every time the Dems lose elections...it's a "message" problem, not a policy problem.

46 posted on 12/03/2010 10:15:38 AM PST by Tex-Con-Man
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To: Nachum

based on whose value system??

If it is the lefts we will have kiddie porn being called educational television.

This is nothing more than a radical calling for political repression.


47 posted on 12/03/2010 10:18:12 AM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: nutmeg

I think we can all agree that We The People will not live in a police state.


48 posted on 12/03/2010 10:25:38 AM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Steve_Seattle

The FCC already has a “local community” programming requirement.

When he decries the state of JOURNALISM, there is no journalist requirement from our media (does the classic rock or country station HAVE to cover news?).

He is attacking those who would attack Obamabi, the boy king.


49 posted on 12/03/2010 10:31:36 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: Tex-Con-Man

Agree with your post, one thing to add to it is the general public’s REJECTION of the increasing agitprop “journalism” from the daily newspapers, news magazines, and television news.

The public is tuning out. No longer subscribing.

Even leftists would rather turn to Comedy Central for their daily news intake (no big-pharma “news items on a breaking discovery in...”, no “if it bleeds it leads” police blotter and car accident reports...).

The press WAS biased. But time was they could at least be shamed into admitting to “falling for a hoax” (or helping to fabricate it altogether) unlike the AP/CBS handling of Memogate (the forged Bush national guards memos, every forgot about AP’s own hand in the matter, Dan Rather wanted to beat AP to breaking the news item).


50 posted on 12/03/2010 10:36:49 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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