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FCC Agency study could stifle freedom of the press, says FCC official
Fox 43 ^ | Feb 20, 2014 | FoxNews

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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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: demagogicparty; fairnessdoctrine; fcc; freedom; freedomofpress; government; impeachnow; media; msm; obama; press; singlepartystate
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And here it comes...

Constitution, RIP.

1 posted on 02/20/2014 7:30:11 AM PST by Innovative
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To: Innovative

No kidding !


2 posted on 02/20/2014 7:33:41 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: Innovative

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?

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304680904579366903828260732

“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. “


3 posted on 02/20/2014 7:33:45 AM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

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.


4 posted on 02/20/2014 7:34:23 AM PST by Starboard
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To: Innovative
Don't worry Comrade, all is well in Amerika. </sarc>
5 posted on 02/20/2014 7:34:36 AM PST by Gamecock (Grace is not opposed to human activity. It's opposed to human merit. MSH)
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To: Innovative

‘researchers’ must be the new word for Stasi..............


6 posted on 02/20/2014 7:35:24 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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7 posted on 02/20/2014 7:38:25 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Innovative
“But everyone should agree on this: The government has no place pressuring media organizations into covering certain stories.

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............

8 posted on 02/20/2014 7:38:36 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Red Badger

The government has no place pressuring the media. PERIOD!


9 posted on 02/20/2014 7:40:20 AM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

....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.


10 posted on 02/20/2014 7:42:46 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Innovative

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?


11 posted on 02/20/2014 7:44:53 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Show me the man, and I'll show you the crime." - Lavrentiy Beria (& Eric Holder))
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To: Innovative

This is just the first step in the effective creation of a ‘Ministry of Truth’ that Orwell warned us about....................


12 posted on 02/20/2014 7:45:45 AM PST by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: Iron Munro

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.

FORWARD !


13 posted on 02/20/2014 7:47:35 AM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Innovative
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.

Minders?

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...

14 posted on 02/20/2014 7:48:59 AM PST by GOPJ ( America's drifting into totalitarianism because the left's exploitation of social failures.Greenfi)
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To: Innovative

“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.


15 posted on 02/20/2014 7:49:50 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Innovative
This is what happens when the media refuses to thoroughly vet a candidate simply because of his skin color. Had they done their job in the first pace, their freedoms, as well as every Americans freedom, would not be at risk today.
It's not like the patriots didn't try to warn them, either. They just chose not to listen. Now, THEIR chickens are coming home to roost. Now THEY'RE a target, too.
16 posted on 02/20/2014 7:51:06 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: Innovative

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.


17 posted on 02/20/2014 7:52:30 AM PST by CaptainAmiigaf (NY TIMES: We print the news as it fits our views.)
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To: Innovative

Why not just call them what they are: “Political Officer.”

Or whatever the Soviets called them.


18 posted on 02/20/2014 7:55:49 AM PST by MeanWestTexan (Beware Obama's Reichstag Fire.)
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To: Lazamataz

Correctomundo!


19 posted on 02/20/2014 7:56:08 AM PST by newfreep (Breitbart sent me...)
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To: Innovative
(from the title):"FCC Agency study could stifle freedom of the press, says FCC official "

CHOKE OFF dissent is more appropriate !!
Progressiveism ,..choking off the Constitution , ..one God-given right at a time !

20 posted on 02/20/2014 7:57:20 AM PST by Tilted Irish Kilt (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Innovative

Revolt is coming.


21 posted on 02/20/2014 8:00:59 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Innovative
"Why is the Obama Administration Putting Government Monitors in Newsrooms?"

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.

22 posted on 02/20/2014 8:09:02 AM PST by yoe
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To: Innovative

“He also said he feared the study might stifle the freedom of the press.”

Ya think?


23 posted on 02/20/2014 8:13:17 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Red Badger

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.


24 posted on 02/20/2014 8:17:38 AM PST by Rich21IE
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To: Innovative

Kudos and thanks to Ajit Paii


25 posted on 02/20/2014 8:18:43 AM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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To: Innovative

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.


26 posted on 02/20/2014 8:21:59 AM PST by Kenny
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To: Innovative

Survey: U.S. press freedom plunges under Obama to 46th in world, after Romania
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3122713/posts


27 posted on 02/20/2014 8:26:41 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: Innovative

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.


28 posted on 02/20/2014 8:27:31 AM PST by Arm_Bears (Shoot cops that shoot dogs.)
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To: Innovative

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.


29 posted on 02/20/2014 9:00:32 AM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: Innovative

Does anyone doubt that soebarkha is a first rate dictator?


30 posted on 02/20/2014 9:03:25 AM PST by onedoug
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To: Kenny

You mean his accomplices.


31 posted on 02/20/2014 9:04:32 AM PST by onedoug
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To: Innovative

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.)


32 posted on 02/20/2014 9:18:51 AM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: catnipman

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

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3125057/posts

More on the “legal” kidnapping at Boston hospital.

What We Found in a Boston Children’s Hospital Policy Manual About Research on ‘Wards of the State’
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/02/20/what-we-found-in-a-boston-childrens-hospital-policy-manual-about-research-on-wards-of-the-state/


33 posted on 02/20/2014 9:25:50 AM PST by Whenifhow
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To: Innovative

Only Fox News is biased, don’t you know....


34 posted on 02/20/2014 9:26:17 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: Innovative
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.”

Easy enough. If it's a DNC talking point, it runs.

35 posted on 02/20/2014 9:28:21 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: Innovative

Related:

Critics want FCC media study thrown on ‘trash heap,’ skeptical of changes

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/02/20/critics-want-fcc-media-study-thrown-on-trash-heap-skeptical-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.” “


36 posted on 02/20/2014 9:36:02 AM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

I’m sure the ACLU is on this like Annie Gaylor on a public manger scene, right?

I’m sure journalist school deans are writing OP-EDs expressing their outrage in all major newspapers as we speak...


37 posted on 02/20/2014 9:40:48 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: catnipman
All who have not seen the German movie "The Lives of Others" about life in East Germany within the Iron Curtain, should see it ASAP.

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?

38 posted on 02/20/2014 9:41:05 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: Starboard

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.


39 posted on 02/20/2014 10:18:00 AM PST by NCC-1701 (I am proud of what America USED TO BE.)
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To: yoe

TO SILENCE TALK RADIO

Exactly. Rush,Fox News, et al.


40 posted on 02/20/2014 10:33:56 AM PST by FES0844
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To: Innovative

How do you like your dear messiah now, LAME STREAM MEDIA?

Revolts aren’t won by votes. It’s coming.


41 posted on 02/20/2014 10:52:34 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: Innovative

Simply curtail and end the FCC. Sell off the spectrum. Why do we need government to manage private property?


42 posted on 02/20/2014 11:04:00 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Innovative

If these new agencies were smart, they would have heavily armed staff to greet said FCC minders.


43 posted on 02/20/2014 12:02:16 PM PST by matt04
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To: 1010RD

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.


44 posted on 02/20/2014 1:16:08 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Lazamataz

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


45 posted on 02/20/2014 1:24:45 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Innovative

So what are you gonna do about it?

That’s right nothing.

Now go pay your taxes. Your country is broke. :)

/sarc(?????????????????)


46 posted on 02/20/2014 2:46:31 PM PST by Tzimisce
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To: Innovative

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

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304680904579366903828260732


47 posted on 02/20/2014 3:49:53 PM PST by GOPJ ( America's drifting into totalitarianism because the left's exploitation of social failures.Greenfi)
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To: concerned about politics
This is what happens when the media refuses to thoroughly vet a candidate simply because of his skin color.

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...

48 posted on 02/20/2014 3:58:10 PM PST by GOPJ ( America's drifting into totalitarianism because the left's exploitation of social failures.Greenfi)
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49 posted on 02/20/2014 4:34:52 PM PST by RedMDer
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To: Innovative

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


50 posted on 02/20/2014 4:56:09 PM PST by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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