Skip to comments.FCC Agency study could stifle freedom of the press, says FCC official
Posted on 02/20/2014 7:30:11 AM PST by Innovative
An Obama administration plan that would get researchers into newsrooms across the country is sparking concern among congressional Republicans and conservative groups.
The purpose of the proposed Federal Communications Commission study is to identify and understand the critical information needs of the American public, with special emphasis on vulnerable-disadvantaged populations, according to the agency.
However, one agency commissioner, Ajit Pai, said in a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece Wednesday that the May 2013 proposal would allow researchers to grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run.
He also said he feared the study might stifle the freedom of the press.
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No kidding !
Here is the WSJ article they are referring to:
The FCC Wades Into the Newsroom.
Why is the agency studying ‘perceived station bias’ and asking about coverage choices?
“But everyone should agree on this: The government has no place pressuring media organizations into covering certain stories.
Unfortunately, the Federal Communications Commission, where I am a commissioner, does not agree. Last May the FCC proposed an initiative to thrust the federal government into newsrooms across the country. With its “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,” or CIN, the agency plans to send researchers to grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run. A field test in Columbia, S.C., is scheduled to begin this spring. “
This is a chilling and very revealing attack against liberty by the administration. Its pretty obvious where they are going with this and it must be stopped.
‘researchers’ must be the new word for Stasi..............
By that same token's other side:
But everyone should agree on this: The government has no place pressuring media organizations into NOT covering certain stories............
The government has no place pressuring the media. PERIOD!
....and this surprises anyone, HOW.
Mark my words: In Obama’s third (and final) term of office — the one that starts in 2017 and never ends — there will be death camps and political murder squads. COUNT ON IT.
The Inner Party wants Ministry Of Truth (MINTRU) overseers in newsrooms throughout the country to make sure only the latest revisions of approved government propaganda are disseminated to the proles.
Sounds eerily familiar, doesn’t it?
This is just the first step in the effective creation of a ‘Ministry of Truth’ that Orwell warned us about....................
Federal Regulators are in Banks, so why not in editorial rooms of the Left Stream Media?
Hitler was elected by the people.
Obama was elected by the people.
Hitter had his Gestapo.
Obama has his Regulators.
This is all part of the 80 Year Dictator Cycle.
Our 'free press' needs to ask themselves: "Would we go along with this if Bush had demanded minders be placed in our newsrooms - to assure Christian groups were being covered correctly?".
If they can't answer 'yes' to that question they need to reject Obama's goons. There's no difference.
Even the New York Times and Washington Post are smart enough to figure this one out...
“And here it comes...
Constitution, RIP. “
Perhaps also, Ukrane, here we come.
Sooner or later, we are going to have to settle this with liberals. And I propose being the opposite of nice to any who tries to be nice to a lib during the upcoming troubled times.
Herr Reichminister Goebbels is in full agreement with this development.
He understands the amount of damage to the STATE from a press that is free to do as it wills.
There will be “Guardians of the State” in newsrooms, radio stations, and the studios of television networks.
It is to be pointed out that the article mentions that Republicans and conservatives are “concerned”. There is not a mention of DEMOCRATs expressing any outrage. HMMMMM.
Why not just call them what they are: “Political Officer.”
Or whatever the Soviets called them.
CHOKE OFF dissent is more appropriate !!
Progressiveism ,..choking off the Constitution , ..one God-given right at a time !
Revolt is coming.
One reason......TO SILENCE TALK RADIO...PRIMARILY TO SILENCE RUSH LIMBAUGH AND PEOPLE LIKE HIM.
(Rudolf Formis: a tale of murder, intrigue and radio in pre-war Prague)....it can happen here...it has started.
“He also said he feared the study might stifle the freedom of the press.”
The gov’t has been imposing “censorship” on the news rooms for years. My guess is that censorship will be expanded. We see the censorship, for example, in the way the TV outlets intentionally fail to mention the race of a perp, except of course, where the perp is white and accused of a hate crime.
Kudos and thanks to Ajit Paii
If you haven’t already, send emails, make calls to your Senators and Reps to stop this BS! I burned up the kb on this subject the other night but have still just begun to let them know what I think of this.
Otherwise it will be like the NSA & IRS, reported on, discussed, then ignored.
Survey: U.S. press freedom plunges under Obama to 46th in world, after Romania
This is absolutely splendid.
The media sold its soul for Obama, and this is how he repays them.
To be upset about all of this assumes that, during the last 60 years, the media has been engaged in objective and honest reporting when, in fact, the exact opposite has been the case—The media chose sides and, in doing so, demonstrated that they are not worthy of Constitutional protection.
I’m about to OD on the Schadenfreude.
So now the fcc too is being used to destroy the rights of honest, law-abiding citizens who are not members of a privileged minority group.
Does anyone doubt that soebarkha is a first rate dictator?
You mean his accomplices.
Thank goodness there’s one powerful news outfit that has picked this up and started hammering on it, namely Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, which has been on this like white on rice (or black on soot, take your pick).
As mind-boggling as it would seem, apparently the rest of the media are perfectly content to have fascist overseers peering over their shoulders and making “suggestions” as they crank out the “news”. But then again, that’s how fascism always works, those who think they are favored are perfectly happy to collaborate. That is, until they are horrified when they are subsequently shutdown or simply subsumed.
Last night, this issue was the first one after Ukraine coverage on Megyn Kelly’s show, and may have been the first exposure of this issue on national television. (Megyn also picked up on the horror going on in Boston right now concerning the “legal” kidnapping of a couple’s child by Child Protective Services because of a dispute between the child’s doctors about treatment.)
Videos of Greta, Megyn Kelly, Special Report and Jordan Sekulow here
Media Grilling - Does FCC Study Violate Freedom Of The Press? - Judge Andrew Napolitano F&F
More on the “legal” kidnapping at Boston hospital.
What We Found in a Boston Childrens Hospital Policy Manual About Research on Wards of the State
Only Fox News is biased, don’t you know....
Easy enough. If it's a DNC talking point, it runs.
Critics want FCC media study thrown on trash heap, skeptical of changes
“The FCC drew the ire of free-press advocates and lawmakers after proposing a “study of critical information needs,” which one dissenting commissioner said would let researchers “grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run.” “
I’m sure the ACLU is on this like Annie Gaylor on a public manger scene, right?
Im sure journalist school deans are writing OP-EDs expressing their outrage in all major newspapers as we speak...
The Media may think they have cushy, secure jobs, and not mind their political overseers, but one false move and being blackballed as a matter of principle would result in perpetual unemployment. Scary even for liberals... Think that can't happen here?
This sounds like a pre-emotive strike by Obama. His internals may be showing the media is about to slowly turn on him so he is doing this to keep the cattle from stampeding. Can’t have that now can he? Throw the fear of god(obama) in the collective media.
TO SILENCE TALK RADIO
Exactly. Rush,Fox News, et al.
How do you like your dear messiah now, LAME STREAM MEDIA?
Revolts aren’t won by votes. It’s coming.
Simply curtail and end the FCC. Sell off the spectrum. Why do we need government to manage private property?
If these new agencies were smart, they would have heavily armed staff to greet said FCC minders.
The FCC actually has no jurisdiction over newspapers, but they are acting, as if they did.
Also, I heard on FoxNews that while they didn’t say it that way, the FCC issues the licenses for TV and radio, which have to be renewed every so many years and they can pull people’s license, if they don’t cooperate.
And the “authorities” who will do the killing are being trained today in local police departments. Very few local cops will be on the side of the people. JMO
So what are you gonna do about it?
That’s right nothing.
Now go pay your taxes. Your country is broke. :)
It’s gonna be bad... I’d rather have the New York Times print liberal drivel every day than have some government minder in there... liberal or conservative telling them what to print.
Hopefully some of the useful idiots in the press will wake up with this one..
The FCC Wades Into the Newsroom
It wasn't just that - it was also extremely difficult to find a city as small as Chicago. You know - so much harder than finding some place like Wasilla Alaska...
How would they deal with someone like Matt Drudge or Andrew Breitbart? It might be harder for an FCC operative to monitor a decentralized operation than the old fashioned newsroom