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Labor Department backs off plan forcing reporters to use government-issued computers
FoxNews.com ^ | June 09, 2012 | unattributed

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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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government
KEYWORDS: labordepartment; statistics
Earlier: DOL forcing media to use government computers [Mr. Transparency Controls Access] (from 4/13/2012)
1 posted on 06/09/2012 6:57:26 PM PDT by Hunton Peck
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To: Hunton Peck

Sounds like communist China -— the beloved national model of Obama...


2 posted on 06/09/2012 6:59:42 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: Hunton Peck

Tell me this is from the Onion?


3 posted on 06/09/2012 7:18:52 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou!)
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To: Hunton Peck

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.


4 posted on 06/09/2012 7:19:06 PM PDT by Signalman ( November, 2012-The End of an Error)
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To: Hunton Peck

“America: What a country!” — Yakov Smirnoff


5 posted on 06/09/2012 7:26:46 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Obama needs more time. After all -- Rome wasn't burned in a day.)
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To: Signalman

The MSM complained??? Knock me over with a feather.


6 posted on 06/09/2012 7:31:44 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou!)
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To: Hunton Peck

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.


7 posted on 06/09/2012 7:32:52 PM PDT by paudio (Post-racial society: When we can legitimately hire and fire a Black man without feeling guilty)
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To: Hunton Peck

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.


8 posted on 06/09/2012 8:09:31 PM PDT by Kenny500c
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To: Hunton Peck

To make matters worse, the screen savers are all pictures of Baraq and Reggie Love.


9 posted on 06/09/2012 8:13:46 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Conservatism is not a matter of convenience.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg
As Lou Dobbs showed the US Labor Department revised unemplyment up 63 out the last 64 reports.

Gezz unreal

10 posted on 06/10/2012 2:58:32 AM PDT by scooby321 (h tones)
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