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FCC takes calls to pull Fox's broadcast licenses 'very seriously'
The Hill ^ | 5/9/12 | Brendan Sasso

Posted on 05/10/2012 9:36:11 AM PDT by ColdOne

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski testified Wednesday that his agency takes calls to cancel Fox's broadcast licenses "very seriously."

Groups, including Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), have urged the FCC to pull Fox's licenses because of evidence that its parent company News Corp. hacked people's phones in the United Kingdom to get stories.

During a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on Wednesday, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) pressed Genachowski on whether he plans to do anything about the allegations.

Genachowski said it wouldn't be appropriate to comment on a specific case, but that the commission is "certainly aware of the serious issues that have been raised in the U.K."

He noted that the law requires that the FCC only grant broadcast licenses to people of "good character."

"If any issues arise, the commission has an obligation, we would take it very seriously, to look at the record, look at the facts and apply the law," Genachowski said.

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KEYWORDS: crew; fcc; fcclicense; foxnews; genachowski
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1 posted on 05/10/2012 9:36:13 AM PDT by ColdOne
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To: ColdOne
Attempts to silence the libtards opposition is not sufficient - they must be DESTROYED.
2 posted on 05/10/2012 9:39:22 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: ColdOne

Yeah, sure they do.

Can you imagine them actually doing it?

Not until AFTER they declare martial law.


3 posted on 05/10/2012 9:40:11 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: ColdOne
One of the few networks that dares to point out Obamas' faults. Well yeah, need to get them off the air for sure.

/s

4 posted on 05/10/2012 9:40:12 AM PDT by BipolarBob ("Oh no, I'm not sick, well I'm not physically sick anyway. Mentally I'm sick beyond any doctor's abi)
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To: ColdOne

I dare them to do it.


5 posted on 05/10/2012 9:44:11 AM PDT by bolobaby
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To: ColdOne

Time to consider pulling the certification of the Democrat Party.

I said consider as in look into the matter.

Theft of taxpayer monies, lying is first amendment protected, but at a certain point it’s lying, deliberate organized fraud of donations/vote, treason, etc. All need “to be looked into”.

The Democrat anything to win activities have crossed the line, and it’s time to call them on it.


6 posted on 05/10/2012 9:44:19 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: ColdOne
Groups, including Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), have urged the FCC to pull Fox's licenses because of evidence that its parent company News Corp. hacked people's phones in the United Kingdom to get stories.

Undoubtedly horrific behavior by the News Corp., but probably about as horrific as NBC secretely rigging trucks to explode in an attempt to bankrupt a company.

And definitely not as bad as CBS knowingly presenting forged documents as genuine in an attempt to swing a US Presidential election.

This is not a road the networks really want to go down.

7 posted on 05/10/2012 9:45:06 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: ColdOne

Let’s look at those clandestine tapes made of PBS when they thought they were getting a donation from Muslim Brotherhood.


8 posted on 05/10/2012 9:45:54 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: ColdOne
He noted that the law requires that the FCC only grant broadcast licenses to people of "good character."


9 posted on 05/10/2012 9:46:38 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: ColdOne
I hope the FCC yanks Fox's license before the election.

Please do it, FCC.

It will help Ubama's reelection chances tremendously.

Honest!

10 posted on 05/10/2012 9:46:51 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Do I really need a sarcasm tag? Seriously? You're that dense?)
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To: ColdOne

TAR. FEATHERS.


11 posted on 05/10/2012 9:48:09 AM PDT by denydenydeny (Admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt one has for others.-Tocqueville)
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To: ColdOne

Why does the FCC exist? Where in Art 1 Sec 8 does it give the FedGov this power?

Wouldn’t an organization like the IEEE handle stuff like licensing a lot better?


12 posted on 05/10/2012 9:48:43 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (Steampunk- Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today)
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To: Nachum

Ping.


13 posted on 05/10/2012 9:49:09 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: ColdOne

So, other networks have been caught making stuff up out of whole cloth (i.e. “fake but true”), but they’re fine.

Fox actually hires a few slightly-right-of-center commentators, and a few centrists, and they no longer “of good character?”

Go figure.


14 posted on 05/10/2012 9:49:51 AM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: ColdOne

Just try it, FCC.


15 posted on 05/10/2012 9:54:14 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Dead Corpse

” Genachowski said it wouldn’t be appropriate to comment on a specific case, but that the commission is “certainly aware of the serious issues that have been raised in the U.K.”

He noted that the law requires that the FCC only grant broadcast licenses to people of “good character.” “

Well, there goes MSNBC,CNN,ABC,CBS,ABC....


16 posted on 05/10/2012 9:54:48 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Dead Corpse

“Wouldn’t an organization like the IEEE handle stuff like licensing a lot better?”

An IEEE janitor has more technical qualifications than any Obamaloon appointee to the FCC...(actually more quals than the Obamaloon itself).


17 posted on 05/10/2012 9:55:52 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Cheerio
How about cBS, attempting to influence a presidential election by broadcasting absolutely false and manufactured evidence against Bush? and NBC naw I can't go there
18 posted on 05/10/2012 9:56:02 AM PDT by Foolsgold (L I B Lacking in Brains)
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To: bolobaby

What if they do, then what?


19 posted on 05/10/2012 9:57:06 AM PDT by elephant
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To: ColdOne
I'm not very impressed or worried. What is the FCC supposed to say? "Yeah, we took the calls, and we trashcanned them without even looking into them."

They GOTTA say stuff like this. Nothing will come of it, of course.

20 posted on 05/10/2012 9:57:38 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: ColdOne
Does Rev. Al get a pass because he's a cartoon character?
21 posted on 05/10/2012 9:59:18 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: ColdOne
He noted that the law requires that the FCC only grant broadcast licenses to people of "good character."

If that's the standard, I would think FOX should be less concerned than say, NBC.

If the Six Pillars of Character; Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship; are taken in to account; then MSNBC is a miserable failure.

Who controls the FCC?

22 posted on 05/10/2012 10:02:11 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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23 posted on 05/10/2012 10:02:16 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: ColdOne

Why does the FCC have any regulatory authority over cable? It’s not radio spectrum, it’s privately owned wiring.


24 posted on 05/10/2012 10:02:39 AM PDT by Dan Cooper
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To: ColdOne

Go ahead. We can get rid of Shemp, Whorealdo and Juan that way.


25 posted on 05/10/2012 10:03:53 AM PDT by crosshairs
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To: dead

Its hardly “horrific”. Phone hacking isn’t even illegal in the UK. This is a contrived “scandal” started by the Marxist “Guardian” to bring down Murdock’s conservative empire and silence that voice.


26 posted on 05/10/2012 10:04:25 AM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: elephant

Do you think the people who were fired up by the Tea Party would just sit around and watch Dear Leader shut down one of the only news outlets that isn’t completely in the bag for Obama?

If they tried to shut down Fox News, it would spell the death of the Democrat party in every governing body in the country.


27 posted on 05/10/2012 10:04:41 AM PDT by bolobaby
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To: Lazamataz
They GOTTA say stuff like this. Nothing will come of it, of course.

I agree. If they say nothing is going to happen to Fox, the screeching liberals will hound them day and night.

They'll have OWS losers crapping in their lobby and breaking windows.

28 posted on 05/10/2012 10:05:31 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: ColdOne

Then I want ABC’s licenses pulled for the overtly political Robin Roberts interview.


29 posted on 05/10/2012 10:06:51 AM PDT by jimfree (In Nov 2012 my 11 y/o granddaughter will have more relevant executive experience than Barack Obama)
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To: ColdOne

30 posted on 05/10/2012 10:11:17 AM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: Cheerio; jimrob; VinL; TheRobb7; section9
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mitt romney will attempt to destroy Free Republic ....

if mitt wins the election ...

AND IF MITT LOSES THE ELECTION ...

any doubters should talk to Sarah Palin ...

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31 posted on 05/10/2012 10:11:42 AM PDT by Patton@Bastogne (Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin "will win" the 2012 GOP Nomination in Tampa !)
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To: ColdOne

I vote we pull the FFC License for the FCC to exist!


32 posted on 05/10/2012 10:13:03 AM PDT by G Larry (Criminals thrive on the indulgence of society's understanding)
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To: crosshairs

And Beck...oh, wait.

It wouldn’t work anyway. Juan will be hired by CNN, Geraldo by MSNBC and Shep by Bravo.


33 posted on 05/10/2012 10:13:23 AM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: ColdOne

Long live the internet!


34 posted on 05/10/2012 10:13:35 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: ColdOne

Go ahead Genachowski, you do that. And then, you better revoke MSNBC’s license too.


35 posted on 05/10/2012 10:14:09 AM PDT by Signalman ( November, 2012-The End of an Error)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
He noted that the law requires that the FCC only grant broadcast licenses to people of “good character.” “

Too bad Obumble and his fellow Dumbocrats don't think the same standard should apply to marriage licenses.

36 posted on 05/10/2012 10:15:42 AM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: crosshairs

Looks like Shemp’s, Whoraldo’s, Juan’s and OBloviator’s schilling is not enough payola for Fox.


37 posted on 05/10/2012 10:26:17 AM PDT by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: Deb
Its hardly “horrific”. Phone hacking isn’t even illegal in the UK.

Oh that's just silly.

It would certainly be news to Clive Goodman and Glenn Mulcaire, who both plead guilty to illegally intercepting phone messages and spent time in prison for the crime.

And the illegality is hardly the horrific part. It's ethically reprehensible.

Would you object to MSNBC or the NY Times intercepting your private phone messages?

38 posted on 05/10/2012 10:31:48 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead
They went to prison for lying to police and conspiracy.

MSNBC and the NYT have nothing to do with anything. If its so "horrific" why isn't it illegal? Since all the tabs have been doing it for years, how is it that its just now a "scandal". Piers Morgan used "reporters" who did it when he was editor of the Sun and the Daily Mail and The News of the World. Its in his book. Why isn't he being battered and dragged thru the streets of London?

Because this was a story that surfaced and was investigated years ago. The Guardian, backed by the UK leftists gave it new life in order to destroy Murdock.

39 posted on 05/10/2012 10:46:21 AM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: ColdOne

So the FCC should have yanked SeeBS’s license after Dan Rather Liberal reported the “false but accurate” reports about W?


40 posted on 05/10/2012 10:48:33 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: dead
I think they didn't hack in that manner. See, the play that the UK media took was to use the term 'hack' without explaining it. When the usual guy hears hack, he thinks "intercepting or breaking into a secure network for nefarious purposes, usually financial."

In this case, if I am not mistaken, they got a second hand old phone that some politics or media star owned. I believe, and i could be wrong, that the so-called 'hacking' consisted of beating the password on a product that THEY NOW OWNED and that they had the right to do with as they wished. This isn't truly hacking, but you know how the media blurs terms on purpose.

41 posted on 05/10/2012 10:49:01 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: ColdOne

First admendment?

First admendment?

We doon need no stinking first admendment!


42 posted on 05/10/2012 10:59:55 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: Deb
They went to prison for lying to police and conspiracy.

I don't know what you are talking about. Neither faced charges for "lying to police".

Clive Goodman plead guilty to conspiracy to intercept communications without lawful authority, in the case of three aides to the royal family.

Glenn Mulcaire plead guilty to the unlawful interception of communications and conspiracy to intercept communications without lawful authority.

So you're contending that they conspired to obey the law?

43 posted on 05/10/2012 11:01:06 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: ColdOne
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_Genachowski

Education

Genachowski grew up in Great Neck, New York. He attended yeshiva and studied in Israel.[3] He entered Columbia College of Columbia University as a pre-med student, but earned a Bachelor of Arts in History (1985) magna cum laude. He was an Editor of the Columbia Daily Spectator. After working in Washington, D.C. for then New York Congressman Chuck Schumer, he entered Harvard Law School and earned a Juris Doctor (1991), also magna cum laude. He was a Notes Editor at the Harvard Law Review when his classmate Barack Obama was its president. Genachowski clerked for The Honorable Abner J. Mikva on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and then for Justices William J. Brennan and David Souter at the U.S. Supreme Court.[4][5][6][7]

Obama campaign and transition

For Senator Barack Obama's 2008 Presidential Campaign, Genachowski was Chairperson of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Policy Working Group, which created the Obama Technology and Innovation Plan.[12] He also advised and guided the Campaign’s innovative use of technology and the Internet for grassroots engagement and participation.

After the November election, he co-led the Technology, Innovation, and Government Reform Group for President-Elect Obama's Transition Team.[13] On January 12, 2009, several news outlets reported that Genachowski would be President-Elect Obama's choice to head the FCC. This was confirmed by a press release on March 3, 2009.[14]



No bias there, right?

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44 posted on 05/10/2012 11:06:28 AM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: Da Coyote

He noted that the law requires that the FCC only grant broadcast licenses to people of “good character.”

Gee, guess all those black “hate” radio stations in large urban areas are in trouble.


45 posted on 05/10/2012 11:09:37 AM PDT by Mr. Wright
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To: ColdOne

License renewal “season” for TV stations starts June 1, 2012, when all TV stations in DC, MD, VA and WV file their applications with the FCC.

NC and SC go on August 1; FL and PR go on October 1; and AL and GA go on December 1. The rest of the country goes in various groups of states, until PA and DE file in the last group on April 1, 2015.

Everyone gets to file a “Petition to Deny” against the NBC owned WRC-TV in Washington, DC and the CBS owned WJZ-TV in Baltimore on or before September 4, 2012, as well as the Fox owned WTTG, Washington, DC. A theory which can lead to a hearing before an administrative law judge is “intentional news distortion”.

I think the first Disney/ABC renewal to come up is WXYZ-TV in Detroit next summer.


46 posted on 05/10/2012 11:09:49 AM PDT by nd76
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To: dead

You mean like cropping a 911 call to cause a race riot?


47 posted on 05/10/2012 11:12:44 AM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers.....)
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To: Cheerio

The FCC does not have the authority to issue licenses to networks or cable service providers.
The FCC can take action against Fox broadcast affiliates (including FOX owned and operated stations) for material sent over the airwaves, but there is nothing the FCC can do about the Fox (cable) News Channel.


48 posted on 05/10/2012 11:13:25 AM PDT by molson209
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Any hearing on it wouldn’t be held until at least 2013; by that time the a-hole Genachowski will be long gone from the FCC.


49 posted on 05/10/2012 11:13:25 AM PDT by nd76
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To: Lazamataz
There were lots of accusations of illegally accessing information for thousands of people - politicians, celebrities, people who knew celebrities, the families of soldiers killed in Iraq, and more.

The accusations included illegally accessing phone mail messages, hacking computers, and buying wiretap information from corrupt police.

There was never any information that Murdoch was involved or knew of any of it. Of course the leftists are pounding the issue to try to punish Murdoch for not being sufficiently leftwing (he's hardly a conservative) but the crimes were legitimate and the ethics of the people involved were shameful.

50 posted on 05/10/2012 11:15:14 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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