Skip to comments.Labor Department backs off plan forcing reporters to use government-issued computers
Posted on 06/09/2012 6:57:13 PM PDT by Hunton Peck
The Labor Department has backed off a plan to force news agencies to use government-issued computers and other equipment to report on jobless reports and other key economic data, following a GOP-led House hearing this week, according to several published reports.
Agency officials have said they want reporters who analyze, then write about economic reports inside their so-called lock up room to use U.S. computers, software and Internet lines so the government can further protect against such potential security breaches as hacking.
But the plan also resulted in cries about potential free-speech violations and the government now having computer access to news agencies.
This proposal threatens the First Amendment, Bloomberg News Executive Editor Dan Moss said during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing. The government would literally open the reporters notebooks.
Carl Fillichio, a Labor Department...
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Sounds like communist China -— the beloved national model of Obama...
Tell me this is from the Onion?
Wow, I thought some of my conservative buddies were just kidding when they said that Obama was trying to establish a strong-arm dictatorship where he took control over the press. I guess the joke was on me. They were right.
“America: What a country!” — Yakov Smirnoff
The MSM complained??? Knock me over with a feather.
If I were the Republican leaders, I’d wait for a month or so before bringing up the issue. Let the media cry foul first. That is, if the media found this outraging. Perhaps they wouldn’t.
Release the data when it is ready, no reason to hold it back.
For example, the “flash crash” happened the day before a dismal jobs report, I suspect hedge funds already had this info in advance.
To make matters worse, the screen savers are all pictures of Baraq and Reggie Love.