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FCC to police news media, question reporters in wide-ranging content survey
Daily Caller ^ | 10/30/13 | Tim Cavanaugh

Posted on 10/30/2013 9:36:55 AM PDT by Nachum

The Federal Communications Commission is planning a broad probe of political speech across media platforms, an unprecedented move that raises serious First Amendment concerns.

The FCC’s proposed “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,” which is set to begin a field test in a single market with an eye toward a comprehensive study in 2014, would collect a remarkably wide range of information on demographics, point of view, news topic selection, management style and other factors in news organizations both in and out of the FCC’s traditional purview.

The airwaves regulator would also subject news producers in all media to invasive questioning about their work and content.

A methodology [pdf] worked up by Silver Spring, Maryland-based Social Solutions International (SSI) says that in addition to its general evaluation of news content, the survey will include a “qualitative component” featuring interrogations of news organization owners, management and employees.

Among the questions federal contractors will be asking of private media companies:

(Excerpt) Read more at dailycaller.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 1stamendment; fcc; firstamendment; media; news; police; ssi
The King and Queen are NOT amused with your banter.
1 posted on 10/30/2013 9:36:55 AM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

Your papers please!


2 posted on 10/30/2013 9:37:36 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Nachum
The Federal Communications Commission is planning a broad probe of political speech across media platforms, an unprecedented move that raises serious First Amendment concerns.

Says it all right there.

3 posted on 10/30/2013 9:40:21 AM PDT by moovova
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To: moovova

refuse to comply. tell them to go to hell. Demand Congress investigate. Find some way to sue them.


4 posted on 10/30/2013 9:41:24 AM PDT by bioqubit
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To: Nachum

Forced diversity. Creating a rationale for forcing Clear Channel to unload all their “right-wing talk stations”.


5 posted on 10/30/2013 9:41:40 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Nachum

Obama Fascists


6 posted on 10/30/2013 9:44:38 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: bioqubit

Yeah, we’ll just sic Issa right on that.


7 posted on 10/30/2013 9:45:01 AM PDT by txhurl ('The DOG ate my homework. That homework, too. ALL my homework. OK?' - POSHITUS)
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To: moovova

Ministry of Truth?


8 posted on 10/30/2013 9:45:22 AM PDT by Antihero101607
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To: All

wow, good thing we didn’t elect Romney...


9 posted on 10/30/2013 9:46:01 AM PDT by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: Nachum

Are you now or have you ever been critical of Emperor Vomitus Rectumus Cranium?


10 posted on 10/30/2013 9:46:34 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Nachum

Yet another in what has become an endless series of erosions of constitutionally guaranteed freedoms.


11 posted on 10/30/2013 9:48:25 AM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: Nachum

Now we really are a 3rd world country


12 posted on 10/30/2013 9:48:25 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Nachum

Revolt is coming.


13 posted on 10/30/2013 9:51:17 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Nachum

Interrogations of news organization owners, management and employees.
Psssst MSM guess who your going to be working for next year.

Adolf chuckels


14 posted on 10/30/2013 9:54:17 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, Ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

http://www.nachumlist.com/


15 posted on 10/30/2013 9:57:06 AM PDT by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: Nachum

Hey JimRob!

If they contact you, just send them my way.

I’m real good at completing surveys.......


16 posted on 10/30/2013 9:57:29 AM PDT by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: Nachum

The Labor`d Birth of Our American Freedoms!!!
READ IT WELL, MY FRIENDS!
FREEDOM OF THE PRESS

1766 “The Sons of Liberty assembled at night in the fields...
To such a pass are matters come too, that at Philadelphia
in a Stationers Shop was found wrote in a blank Book
G____ by the C__se of G_d, us_per of G___t B__t__n,
and Dest_r_y of the Faith. Great Enquiries were made,
but unfortunely to no purpose.”

p.347”Montresor`s Journals” 1766. 19 Jan. [Scull]

March 1766 “This night the Sons of Liberty assembled and insolently sent Mr. Allecocke [son of a mulatto woman] and Seares,two of their Representatives on board the Garland Ship of War to demand the Lieut of His majesty`s Ship for having said that the Printer of the Thursday`s Gazette, was he in England, would be hanged for the licentuoisness of his Paper.” p.353

“This day a Seditious paper was published [nothing uncommon] by Mr. Holt, Printer, signed Philalethes, as per paper.” May 8, 1766. p.365


17 posted on 10/30/2013 9:58:06 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 ((("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.)))
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To: Nachum

The Unholy trio of the left, the media, and academia have been shills for the Lyin’ King for years.

The “Night of the Long Knives” is way overdue.

YEARS ago, I predicted that as soon as the left consolidated their power, they would turn on those who had been their primary support.


18 posted on 10/30/2013 9:58:36 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: Nachum

They did pass the fairness doctrine regarding at least radio and every time you feature liberals you can’t get an audience compared to conservatives.
So being they can’t get liberals to draw they are IMO trying to limit or end conservative radio and perhaps other things as well.


19 posted on 10/30/2013 9:58:56 AM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Nachum

This will not end well for the left.


20 posted on 10/30/2013 10:00:09 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Nachum

The FCC was created by FDR as a club to cow or suppress his radio critics like Father Coughlin, Fr. James Gillis in Chicago, and the Yankee Radio Network. Obama’s just following in the footsteps of the Big Fascist.


21 posted on 10/30/2013 10:00:54 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Is John's moustache long enough YET?)
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To: Nachum

LONG LIVE the internet!


22 posted on 10/30/2013 10:01:23 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Nachum
And you're all so frikkin' metro, you won't do a damned thing about it, either !

Your own filth will swallow you up whole

23 posted on 10/30/2013 10:02:03 AM PDT by knarf (`)
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To: Biggirl

>> “Revolt is coming” <<

.
The Last Trump is coming!


24 posted on 10/30/2013 10:05:30 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Nachum

“The FCC has a duty to make sure that the industries it regulates serve the needs of the American public no matter where they live or what financial resources they have,”

The questions also apply to newspapers and ‘social media websites’. I guess I failed to notice when the FCC gained the authority regulate newspapers and websites.


25 posted on 10/30/2013 10:11:48 AM PDT by Stevenc131
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To: Nachum
Thanks!

There is a truly principled argument to be made for the Founders' Constitution's protection of free speech and freedom of the press.

When one dimension of liberty is threatened, then all are at risk, and the blatant example of unconstitutional use of government power provided by this kind of coercive government action through the FCC deserves a competent argument by any "conservative" organizations which may take up the debate, or by any news organizations that claim objectivity as their brand, such as FOX.

It's time for a long overdue history and civics lessons, especially for the young! Tell them about why Thomas Jefferson, who was criticized by the press of his day, was so outspoken on the idea of a free press! Bet they've never heard it in school.

Claim a larger battleground--a battle of ideas. Contrast those ideas with those of dictatorships and totalitarian governments which have oppressed their citizens and controlled the marketplace of ideas by restricting the press!

Stop playing in the Administration's playpen. Force it onto an unfamiliar battleground where the ideas of liberty are presented versus the ideas of tyranny. Contrast the 200-year history of America with that of every totalitatian regime, and future generations will mark this as a turning point for freedom.

"Our liberty cannot be guarded but by the freedom of the press, nor that be limited without danger of losing it." --Thomas Jefferson to John Jay, 1786.

"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions."(Underlining added for emphasis) --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804. ME 11:33

"The press [is] the only tocsin of a nation. [When it] is completely silenced... all means of a general effort [are] taken away." --Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Cooper, Nov 29, 1802. (*) ME 10:341

"Since truth and reason have maintained their ground against false opinions in league with false facts, the press confined to truth needs no other legal restraint. The public judgment will correct false reasonings and opinions on a full hearing of all parties, and no other definite line can be drawn between the inestimable liberty of the press and its demoralizing licentiousness. If there be still improprieties which this rule would not restrain, its supplement must be sought in the censorship of public opinion." --Thomas Jefferson: 2nd Inaugural Address, 1805. ME 3:381

"The functionaries of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty and property of their constituents. There is no safe deposit for these but with the people themselves, nor can they be safe with them without information. Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe." --Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816. ME 14:384

"Our liberty cannot be guarded but by the freedom of the press, nor that be limited without danger of losing it." --Thomas Jefferson to John Jay, 1786.

26 posted on 10/30/2013 10:22:44 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: 2nd amendment mama

Ping!


27 posted on 10/30/2013 10:28:32 AM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: Nachum

This is just a back door attempt to reintroduce the “fairness doctrine” by using subtle threats and intimidation.


28 posted on 10/30/2013 10:33:58 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: Nachum
Thinly veiled attempt by the Obama administration to force conservative talk radio and Fox News to conform to The Fuhrer's er, president's dictates or abandon broadcasting. Another blatant attempt to use government agencies as weapons to silence critics of Obama, Democrats and leftist schemes.

This is an outrageous violation of the First Amendment that should have news organizations up in arms and in court but will likely be meekly accepted by the MSM as they know what the real goal is. Apathetic Americans will yawn, as usual, right up until they realize - too late - that their taken-for-granted personal liberties have disappeared while they watched ESPN, American Idol or some silly sit-com.

29 posted on 10/30/2013 10:39:01 AM PDT by Jim Scott
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To: Jim Scott

This administration eats “outrageous” for breakfast, sucks on “blatant” for lunch, snacks on American Apathy, and eats ‘disappearing personal liberties” for dinner.


30 posted on 10/30/2013 10:44:08 AM PDT by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: Nachum

Refuse. Reject. Defund. Impeach. Revolution is in the air.


31 posted on 10/30/2013 10:46:07 AM PDT 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: Nachum

WTF... 99.99999% positive press is not enough for the fag and wookie?


32 posted on 10/30/2013 11:08:46 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: circlecity

You hit the nail on the head. Use the FCC to threaten licenses.


33 posted on 10/30/2013 11:13:14 AM PDT by edboock (The United States Constitution ©1787, All Rights Reserved)
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To: Biggirl

“LONG LIVE the internet!”

Yes, everything said here will live long in the NSA datacenters.


34 posted on 10/30/2013 11:48:45 AM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: Nachum

Aren’t Obama and his goons already doing this?


35 posted on 10/30/2013 12:45:55 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Nachum
From the Social Solutions International website =>

About Us

Social Solutions is a research and evaluation firm dedicated to the creation of positive change for underserved populations. Our work touches those in our community and in countries worldwide. We are a mission-driven organization that believes that superior science can improve the world.

http://www.socialsolutions.biz/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=12&Itemid=29

36 posted on 10/31/2013 11:19:58 PM PDT by Ken H (First rule of gun safety - have a gun)
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To: Lazamataz
More background =>

FCC SEEKS COMMENT ON CRITICAL INFORMATION NEEDS RESEARCH REPORT

May 29, 2013

The FCC’s Office of Communications Business Opportunities has released a public notice seeking comment on a Commission report delivered to Congress that reviews:

(1) regulations designed to eliminate barriers to entry for entrepreneurs and other small businesses in the provision and ownership of telecommunications and information services; and

(2) proposals to eliminate statutory barriers to market entry by those same entities.

The Research Design for the Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs (Report) was developed with the help of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and defines a range of “critical information needs of the American public and explains how these needs are met as well as the existing barriers of meeting them.”

The Report also “presents an overview of further social science and communications research that may assist the Commission in assessing the need for government action and in developing targeted policies to address existing gaps in the ability of various ‘media ecosystems’ to serve, and deliver critical information to Americans.” Among the observations made in the Report are:

(1) there are clear and significant information needs of Americans at the community and individual level;

(2) available research indicates that many of those needs are not being met;

(3) access to information, as well as the tools and skills needed to navigate information, are essential to civic and democratic participation; and

(4) low-income, minority and marginalized communities and ‘lower-information’ areas are likely to be systematically disadvantaged in both personal and community opportunities when information needs lag or go unmet.

Interested parties may file comments regarding the Report on or before Tuesday, July 23, 2013.

http://www.bennetlaw.com/2013/05/fcc-seeks-comment-on-critical-information- needs-research-report/

37 posted on 10/31/2013 11:24:29 PM PDT by Ken H (First rule of gun safety - have a gun)
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To: Nachum

Company Overview

Social Solutions International, Inc. (Social Solutions) is a Hispanic and woman owned 8(a) and Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB). Social Solutions emphasis is on quality research and evaluation, development of evidence-based education materials, and cultural adaptation and translation.

Mission

Social Solutions International, Inc. is a research and evaluation firm dedicated to the creation of social and health solutions to improve the welfare of underserved populations worldwide.

Values

Founded on the values of diversity, social responsibility, and quality, Social Solutions International’s corporate culture is grounded in the concept of positive change.

http://www.socialsolutions.biz/cms/inde ... &Itemid=29


38 posted on 11/01/2013 9:20:41 AM PDT by RightWingNilla
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To: Nachum

The Fairness Doctrine is coming. Again.


39 posted on 11/02/2013 8:43:23 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: txhurl
Yeah, we’ll just sic Issa right on that.

How many stalking-horse investigations does he have going on now, anyway?

40 posted on 11/02/2013 8:44:45 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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