Skip to comments.FCC takes calls to pull Fox's broadcast licenses 'very seriously'
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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Yeah, sure they do.
Can you imagine them actually doing it?
Not until AFTER they declare martial law.
I dare them to do it.
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.
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.
Let’s look at those clandestine tapes made of PBS when they thought they were getting a donation from Muslim Brotherhood.
Please do it, FCC.
It will help Ubama's reelection chances tremendously.
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?
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?”
Just try it, FCC.
” 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....
“Wouldnt 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).
What if they do, then what?
They GOTTA say stuff like this. Nothing will come of it, of course.
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?
Thanks Army Air Corps
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Why does the FCC have any regulatory authority over cable? It’s not radio spectrum, it’s privately owned wiring.
Go ahead. We can get rid of Shemp, Whorealdo and Juan that way.
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.
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.
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.
Then I want ABC’s licenses pulled for the overtly political Robin Roberts interview.
I vote we pull the FFC License for the FCC to exist!
And Beck...oh, wait.
It wouldn’t work anyway. Juan will be hired by CNN, Geraldo by MSNBC and Shep by Bravo.
Long live the internet!
Go ahead Genachowski, you do that. And then, you better revoke MSNBC’s license too.
Too bad Obumble and his fellow Dumbocrats don't think the same standard should apply to marriage licenses.
Looks like Shemp’s, Whoraldo’s, Juan’s and OBloviator’s schilling is not enough payola for Fox.
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?
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.
So the FCC should have yanked SeeBS’s license after Dan Rather Liberal reported the “false but accurate” reports about W?
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.
We doon need no stinking first admendment!
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?
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.
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.
You mean like cropping a 911 call to cause a race riot?
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.
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.
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.
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