Skip to comments.FCC Commissioner Wantsto Test the 'Public Value'of Every Broadcast Station
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 peoples 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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Is the FCC sustainable?
I want to test the value of every commissioner. Not to mention every federal employee.
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 peoples airwaves,"
Censor the enemies of the Democrat Party. Makes sense.
What is a Public Value Test?
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.
Obama gives his flying monkeys machine guns. Not very smart.
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...).
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
Not to mention his proposed policy just sounds like a chicago style yearly shakedown of media corporations.
I propose instead we do a “public value test” of government employees.
The government testing the “value” of something?
What could go wrong?
Then we will discover Fox News has been on “Double-Secret” probation the whole time...
The Soviets had one.
FoxNews is on cable but then again, the FCC is claiming power over the interwebs too.
Exactly. The public itself, not the FCC makes the final determination of the "Public Value".
This is one of the biggest threats to the Conservative movements EVER. The beginnings of a totalitarian state control of the media!!!
Can they do that with cable channels too?
I can think of about 40 I’d like removed for lack of interest.
They’ll work that out as they go along.
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.
Congress MUST cut FCC funding next year to reign in another out of control agency!
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.
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!
I-am-a-communist-tool Alert. He means "the government's airwaves", but can't say it because it's too honest.
I have a better idea. Let’s test the “public value” of the FCC.
Is the FCC sustainable?
“If a station passes the Public Value Test, it of course keeps the license it has earned to use the peoples airwaves,”
FCC Commissioner Michael Copps
Scary stuff. Sieg Heil Meister Copps.
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
do we really need the FCC?
what good purpose does it provide?
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)
Maybe everybody knew and has read this already but it was new to me.
And the almighty FCC shall determine what is and shall be good throughout the land.
Silence... The Almighty Oz has spoken.
AMEN, Buckeye McFrog! ;-)
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.
“Close the FCC”
Absolutely agree...they are just another tool of this Socialist/Communist regime....like the EPA, Dept of Education, and etc...
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.
NOAA weather radio has more public value than any NPR station—and higher ratings.
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.
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.
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.
I think we can all agree that We The People will not live in a police state.
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.
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).