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  • Reports Suggest (Obama's) FCC Poised to Regulate Internet

    10/09/2014 7:35:33 AM PDT · by xzins · 48 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 08 Oct 2014 | John Gizzi
    There has been mounting evidence in the last two weeks that the Internet, one of the last unregulated venues for communication, might well be headed for federal regulation. What makes the specter of Internet regulation (or "net neutrality," as its proponents prefer to call it) all the more ominous is that it might become law through rulings by the Federal Communications Commission rather than a vote of elected representatives in Congress. On Sept. 24, the Washington Post reported that the FCC was working with activists seeking to generate comments in favor of tough, 1930s-style regulation of telephone. In what the...
  • No, the FCC may not ban the use of “Redskins” on radio and television

    10/01/2014 9:42:51 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 35 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | October 1, 2014 | Eugene Volokh
    Prof. John Banzhaf has filed a petition asking the FCC to revoke the broadcast license of stations that use the word “Redskins.” Some “longtime participants in the FCC regulatory process” — including former FCC chair Reed Hundt — have likewise argued that, It is impermissible under law that the FCC would condone, or that broadcasters would use, obscene pornographic language on live television. This medium uses government owned airwaves in exchange for an understanding that it will promote the public interest. Similarly, it is inappropriate for broadcasters to use racial epithets as part of normal, everyday reporting. Current FCC chair...
  • FCC will consider punishing broadcasters for saying 'Redskins'

    10/01/2014 7:28:25 AM PDT · by Clint N. Suhks · 77 replies
    Sports Illustrated ^ | 9/30/14 | SI Wire
    Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler said Tuesday that the FCC will consider punishing broadcasters for using "Redskins" on air. The Federal Communications Commission will consider punishing broadcasters for using the Washington Redskins' nickname on air, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said during a conference call with reporters, according to Reuters. Legal activist John Banzhaf III, a law professor at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., petitioned the FCC to revoke a Washington radio station's broadcast license due to its repeated use of the nickname. Wheeler said his organization will "be looking into that petition." "There are a lot of names...
  • fcc wants to ban 'redskins'

    10/01/2014 6:36:15 AM PDT · by shortstop · 32 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 10/01/14 | Bob Lonsberry
    The Federal Communications Commission is going to outlaw a word. Or at least it is going to give serious consideration to doing so. Yesterday, the FCC agreed to consider a petition asking it to forbid the use of the word “redskins” on the public airwaves. “Public” airwaves, of course, is the insane claim of the federal government that it owns the air and all things which pass through it. A broadcasting company builds a transmitter and the equipment necessary to broadcast, it purchases the electricity which is the substance of a transmission, and it sends a signal to receivers purchased...
  • FCC Considering Move to Ban NFL Redskins Team Name

    09/30/2014 3:43:12 PM PDT · by foreverfree · 73 replies
    Reuters via Fox Business ^ | 9/30/14 | Alina Selyukh
    The Federal Communications Commission is considering whether to punish broadcasters for using the moniker of the Washington NFL team, the Redskins, a word many consider a slur to Native Americans, the agency's chairman indicated on Tuesday.
  • Opponents of Internet Regulation Carry the Day

    09/20/2014 8:09:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 20, 2014 | Phil Kerpen
    An incredible thing happened in the recent reply-comment period regarding the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposal to regulate the Internet like old-fashioned monopoly telephone service: the side telling the agency not to regulate carried the day. The radical left, demanding federal regulatory control of the building blocks of Internet, brought all the usual hype and hoopla and had free-spending corporate backers in Google and Netflix, who want regulators to force you to pay the costs of their downstream bandwidth, so they won’t have to. This campaign by liberal special interests like MoveOn and the Sierra Club converted forty thousand websites...
  • Internet Slowdown day arrives, but some big companies aren’t participating

    09/10/2014 7:30:56 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 6 replies
    Gigaom ^ | September 10, 2014 | Jeff John Roberts
    Today is the day that Netflix, Reddit and others are taking part in “internet slowdown day” to protest the FCC’s proposal to create special “fast lanes” on the internet. To draw attention to the issue, many participants are displaying “spinning wheel” icons, such as the one appearing on site Etsy on Wednesday:The Etsy website, and those of others involved in the protest, are not loading any differently than usual, but are displaying the spinning wheel to invoke the frustration of slow internet speeds. The participants hope the gesture will spur users to voice their displeasure to the FCC about the...
  • ALEC Urges FCC to Respect Federalism, Reject Preemption on Muni Broadband

    09/04/2014 1:55:24 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 3 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 9-4-14 | ALEC
    On August 29, ALEC CEO Lisa Nelson and twenty state legislators sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). They called on the FCC to respect principles of constitutional federalism regarding states’ authority over their local governments. State constitutions or state legislatures create and define the powers of county, city and public utility districts. But the FCC is now weighing whether to eliminate the laws of some twenty states that restrict their respective local governments from going into the business of providing broadband Internet services. As a matter of public policy, ALEC believes that private sector investment, innovation and...
  • Lawsuit puts ‘cloud’ over airwave auction

    08/23/2014 4:59:35 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 23, 2014 | Kate Tummarello
    Broadcasters are threatening to stand in the way of next year's highly anticipated airwave auction, putting one the Obama administration’s top priorities at risk. Officials in the broadcast and wireless industry are hopeful that a new lawsuit from the National Association of Broadcasters will put pressure on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reach a reach a compromise to save the auction — expected to net billions of dollars — from would could be a months-long delay. “This lawsuit puts a cloud over the auction,” said one Republican FCC aide. “It would make sense for the Commission to work something...
  • Comcast Spends $110k On Award Dinner For FCC Commissioner

    08/12/2014 7:14:40 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 28 replies
    Consumerist ^ | 12 August 2014 | Kate Cox
    Full title: Comcast Spends $110k On Award Dinner For FCC Commissioner, Doesn’t See Why Anyone Thinks That’s A Problem Comcast really wants to buy Time Warner Cable. Really really. And they have no shortage of ways, both subtle and obvious, to try to push the odds farther in their favor. Targeted philanthropy and sponsorships are definitely a part of that, and Comcast is usually happy to take the credit. So while spending six figures to sponsor an event honoring a sitting FCC commissioner who gets to make decisions about things like media mergers might seem a little out of bounds...
  • Comcast and Time Warner fund event for regulator while seeking merger approval [Cronyism!]

    08/13/2014 9:09:19 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/13/14 | Josh Hicks
    Comcast and Time Warner Cable are spending more than $130,000 on a dinner to honor one of the federal regulators who will rule on their controversial merger plan, according to records of the companies’ contributions. The fundraising event for the Walter Kaitz Foundation will honor Federal Communications Commission panel member Mignon Clyburn as an advocate for diversity.
  • Why are Cell Phone Carriers Trying Not To Save Lives?

    08/09/2014 4:59:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 9, 2014 | Scottie Hughes
    Have you ever been frustrated with using your GPS system on your phone or in your car and found that the accuracy was often a block or more off? Or worse, in rural areas the streets may not even be shown at all. It might surprise you to learn that the 911 tracking system used by first responders to find people who are in the midst of a dire emergency may be even more inaccurate. Attempts to improve the 911 system to ensure that people needing emergency attention from police, fire or other first responders can be located quickly are...
  • The FCC Pitchman

    08/06/2014 1:00:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 6, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    The Federal Communications Commission is looking to raise revenue – and the agency is in full pitch mode. The company is injecting itself as the middlemen between buyers (wireless carriers) and sellers (TV broadcasters) of spectrum, hoping to take a large commission check as a result. The FCC is hoping to raise $20 billion by matching the broadcasters who are willing to sell at the lowest prices with the wireless carriers willing to buy at the highest. The spread between becomes the government’s commission check. In typical government fashion, Congress already earmarked the funds to pay for a $7 billion...
  • Fast Lanes Saved the Internet (Net Neutrality)

    08/04/2014 4:32:25 AM PDT · by abb · 20 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 3, 2014 | Gordon Crovitz
    If you're confused by the "net neutrality" debate roiling Washington, you're in good company. The editors of Wired magazine realized that even their high-tech readers needed help understanding what passes for political debate on the topic. They published a graphic in June with the heading "What you think the Internet looks like" alongside "What the Internet really looks like." It debunked the key claim of net-neutrality lobbyists that allowing "fast lanes" would undermine the open Internet. The Wired graphic shows that the Internet is already full of fast lanes. snip If it weren't for these fast lanes, the Web would...
  • Obama’s Crony Capitalists Strike it Rich

    07/29/2014 10:51:18 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 13 replies
    Wall St Daily ^ | 07/28/2014 | Floyd Brown
    Take, for example, David Grain. According to Federal Election Commission reports, Grain gave $60,000 to Obama’s campaign and the DNC in 2008, and he gave $22,500 in 2012. Grain has also been a lucrative fundraising partner for Obama. In 2008, Grain helped raise an additional $200,000 to $500,000 for Obama, according to a report in Bloomberg News. And now, money is set to flow the other direction… You see, Grain owns a private equity firm called Grain Management, LLC. that failed to qualify under existing rules as a small business for an upcoming Federal Communications Commission (FCC) airwave license auction....
  • Not Everyone in Silicon Valley Happy to See President Obama

    07/26/2014 3:53:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | 7/24 | Bob Redell
    Dozens of protesters gathered outside the Silicon Valley home where President Obama was to attend a Democratic party fundraiserProtesters angered by the Federal Communications Commission’s proposal to put an end to net neutrality rallied near the Silicon Valley mansion where President Barack Obama was attending a fundraising event on Wednesday morning. Michelle Roberts reports. Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 • Updated at 9:05 AM PDT Protesters angered by the Federal Communications Commission’s proposal to put an end to net neutrality rallied near the Silicon Valley mansion where President Barack Obama was attending a fundraising event on Wednesday morning. A handful of...
  • FCC eyes changes to online video clips, businesses say don't 'underestimate the difficulty’

    07/05/2014 11:42:37 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 27 replies
    FOX News ^ | July 5 2014 | Joseph Weber
    The Obama administration is set to decide next week on whether online video clips must include closed captioning -- a rule that if approved would help hearing-impaired viewers but could prove costly and time-consuming for businesses. The five-member Federal Communications Commission will vote Friday on the proposed rule change, which will apply specifically to clips that have already appeared on TV with captions and would follow a similar, 2012 rule on full-length videos. Such a change is supported by commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, who since being sworn in six months ago has made clear his keen interest in hearing-impaired issues....
  • Hundt: 'Redskins' Use May Make Snyder Unfit Licensee

    07/03/2014 4:41:16 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 59 replies
    Multichannel ^ | 6/30/14 | John Eggerton
    Former FCC chairman Reed Hundt is suggesting the FCC may want to strip Redskins owner Dan Snyder of his radio station licenses if he does not change the name of the team. According to an interview on Indian Country Today Media Network, Hundt said that the FCC should "reevaluate" whether Snyder is fit to be a licensee, by which Hundt meant "a person of appropriate character," he said. “The FCC should consider whether Mr. Snyder is fit to own radio station licenses given that he uses radio stations to broadcast an ethnic slur,” he said. “These licenses are owned by...
  • Ex-Rep. Joe Walsh ‘kicked off the air’ over racist terms on radio

    06/20/2014 5:44:57 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 36 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 6-20-2014 | Mitch Dudek
    Ex-Rep. Joe Walsh ‘kicked off the air’ over racist terms on radio Fri, 06/20/2014 - 3:37am Mitch Dudek According to posts on former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh’s Twitter account Thursday night, the conservative radio talk-show host was kicked off the air on WIND-AM (560) for using racial slurs while trying to have a discussion about racial slurs. In a series of tweets posted about 7 p.m., Walsh says: “Just got kicked off the air until further notice. Tried to have honest discussion about racist terms and management censored my language.” And: “I’m trying to have an honest, adult conversations about...
  • The FCC Issues its Proposal On Net Neutrality; Protesters Are Tossed from Hearing

    05/17/2014 10:02:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 5/17/14 | tyler durden
    Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, As spring unfolds here in the Northern Hemisphere, the future of the free and open Internet hangs in the balance. As such, I strongly believe everyone should have at least some understanding of what is at stake. When most people hear or read the words “net neutrality” their eyes glaze over with a feeling of confusion and despair: “I can’t remember, am I supposed to be for or against this?” This is exactly how the lawyers and lobbyists in D.C. want it, but unless the citizenry is informed we could lose the...
  • The only quote you need to read from the FCC’s net neutrality meeting

    05/15/2014 6:38:32 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 17 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | May 15, 2014 | BRIAN FUNG
    <p>Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler laid out the bright line on his proposed net neutrality rules during the Thursday meeting: "If a network operator slowed the speed of service below that which the consumer bought, it would be commercially unreasonable and therefore prohibited.</p>
  • The Document That Could Change the Internet Forever

    05/15/2014 6:19:56 PM PDT · by lbryce · 40 replies
    Mashable ^ | May 15, 2014 | Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
    The FCC has published its full net neutrality proposal, a document that could very well change the Internet as we know it. See also: FCC Advances Controversial Proposal on Net Neutrality On Thursday, the FCC approved the proposal with a 3-2 vote, opening a period of 120 days of public comments in which anyone, from stakeholders like broadband providers and net neutrality advocates to the average netizen, can weigh in and propose changes to the document. After this period, the FCC will write a final set of rules and vote on them. The entire proposal is embedded below and the...
  • Net Neutrality?

    05/15/2014 9:39:47 AM PDT · by bboop · 40 replies
    Self ^ | May 15, 2014 | self
    Just need a quick, clear understanding of Net Neutrality. I think it is Activism because I am always suspicious of the government trying to control the Internet.
  • FCC to cripple the Internet

    05/15/2014 6:26:13 AM PDT · by dayglored · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 14, 2014 | John R. Quain
    The Federal Communications Commission thinks the Internet in the United States can be run at two speeds. Backtracking from an earlier proposal, the FCC now believes it will be just fine to let Internet service providers (ISPs) control what you access online, with a few exceptions that the FCC would police. While this new proposal might not kill the Internet, as it exists now, it would certainly cripple it – at least for American consumers and businesses. Multiple leaks about FCC chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal to the commission, which will be presented on Thursday, indicate that the agency would not...
  • Cruz looking to blunt FCC authority

    05/14/2014 7:43:26 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/13/14 08:11 PM EDT | Julian Hattem
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is looking to strip the Federal Communications Commission of its ability to write new net neutrality rules.The senator is currently circulating draft legislation that would undercut the commission’s legal authority to write new regulations governing the way that Internet service providers treat different streams of traffic online.Cruz “has serious concerns about the course the FCC is pursuing on net neutrality and on the questionable authority on which it’s relying,” spokeswoman Catherine Frazier said in an email to The Hill. “He is exploring legislative options to preserve the freedom of the Internet to remain an engine for...
  • Mark Cuban Takes on Snapchat with Cyber Dust

    05/13/2014 8:45:51 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    FOX Business ^ | May 13, 2014 | Katie Roof
    In a world where texts, tweets and emails can potentially be used against you, billionaire investor Mark Cuban launched Cyber Dust, an app for disappearing text messages and photos. Once the recipient views the note, it vanishes in seconds. Cuban says he was inspired to create this service after being challenged by the FCC over insider trading allegations, of which he was eventually cleared. “What I learned very quickly was they took old emails and messages and created whatever context they wanted to create for it,” says Cuban. Cuban took his idea to app developers and launched Cyber Dust to...
  • FCC’s grab for new regulatory power could go beyond broadband providers

    05/07/2014 9:47:11 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 7,2014 | Michael O'Rielly
    Internet application and content companies, what some refer to as “edge providers,” are increasingly concerned by the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) newfound ability to regulate the Internet, and rightfully so.
  • A Florida Resident Drove Around with a Cellphone Jammer for Two Years Before Being Caught

    05/01/2014 3:05:10 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 36 replies
    Yahoo! Tech ^ | May 1, 2014 | Alyssa Bereznak
    Many states have banned talking on your cellphone while driving, but Florida is not one of them. So 60-year-old vigilante Jason R. Humphreys took matters into his own hands. As The Tampa Tribune reports, Humphreys brought a cellphone jammer along on his commute every day for two years. You know, to ensure that his fellow commuters remained focused on the road. Until two local sheriff’s deputies caught him in the act and slapped him with $48,000 worth of fines, which he must pay or otherwise respond to within a month.
  • Reports: FCC Poised For Changes To Net Neutrality Policy

    04/23/2014 10:32:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    NPR ^ | April 23, 2014 6:51 PM ET | Eyder Peralta
    The Federal Communications Commission is getting ready to propose new rules when it comes to net neutrality, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal are reporting based on unnamed sources. Late Wednesday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler called the reports of a turnaround “flat out wrong.” According to the Times and the Journal, the FCC is planning to allow Internet service providers to sell a faster pipe into people’s homes to content companies willing to pay for it. In other words, content providers could pay for preferential treatment into American homes. …
  • Reid Chief of Staff Was a Comcast VP

    04/05/2014 7:37:23 AM PDT · by cutty · 14 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 4, 2014
    Democratic members of Congress and the Obama administration have extensive ties to Comcast and Time-Warner, the two cable giants currently awaiting approval from the Federal Communications Commission on a $45 billion merger. One that has gone mostly overlooked: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D., Nev.) chief of staff, David Krone, is Comcast’s former senior vice president for corporate affairs. Krone moved from Comcast to Reid’s office in 2011 under ethically questionable circumstances,
  • The Single Best Thing the FCC Has Done So Far This Year (or not)

    04/01/2014 5:47:22 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Inc ^ | 4/1/2014 | JEREMY QUITTNER
    Baby monitors, garage-door openers and cordless phones, are just a few of the innovations generated by the last time the Federal Communications Commission opened up untapped spectrum for public use. Get set for a whole new raft of innovative products--and faster download speeds. That's likely to be the upshot of a FCC decision Monday to free up a huge band of high frequency airwaves to unlicensed users. The Commission said it's opening a 100-megahertz swath in the 5-gigahertz, high-frequency range of communications network transmissions, which is bigger than the entire band of frequency that gave birth to Wi-Fi in the first place.And...
  • FCC launches health task force

    03/05/2014 1:49:31 AM PST · by lowbridge · 18 replies
    thehill.com ^ | march 4, 2014 | julian hattem
    The Federal Communications Commission wants to help healthcare organizations adopt the latest technology and the fastest broadband Internet. Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced the creation of a new task force on Tuesday that aims to find reasons why some doctors, clinics and hospitals might not be adopting so-called “wireless health” technology, which allow patients’ conditions to be tracked even while at home or work. That information can help detect the early signs of an illness and encourage people to live healthier lives.  “We must leverage all available technologies to ensure that advanced health care solutions are readily accessible to all...
  • Sowell: Freedom Is Not Free

    03/03/2014 1:53:06 PM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 4, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    There may be something to the claim that all people want to be free. But it is a demonstrable fact that freedom has been under attack, usually successfully, for thousands of years. The Federal Communications Commission's recent plan to have a "study" of how editorial decisions are made in the media, placing FCC bureaucrats in editorial offices across the country, was one of the boldest assaults on freedom of the press. Fortunately, there was enough backlash to force the FCC to back off. With all the sweeping powers available to government, displeasing FCC bureaucrats in editorial offices could have brought...
  • FCC cancels newsroom study after backlash from lawmakers

    03/01/2014 4:48:36 AM PST · by abb · 29 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 28, 2014 | Joe Flint
    The Federal Communications Commission has pulled the plug on a study that sought information on the how local radio and television stations cover news. The Critical Information Needs study was to be conducted every three years for Congress. It was aimed at eliminating barriers that make entry into the media industry difficult for entrepreneurs and small-business owners. However, the pilot test for the survey included questions regarding the editorial practices of media and was heavily criticized both inside and outside the FCC. The test was slated for this spring in Columbia, S.C. Besides general inquiries regarding coverage of issues including...
  • Separation of Government From Press

    02/25/2014 2:20:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 20154 | Cal Thomas
    After much criticism from conservative quarters, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided, at least for now, to withdraw plans for its proposed study of how media organizations gather and report news. The expressed goal of the survey was to determine if the "critical information needs" of the public are being met. In making the announcement on Friday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler indicated the survey would be "revised" and that the government agency had "no intention" of regulating political speech of journalists or other broadcasters. You couldn't prove that from reading the initial study. The obvious question is: Who gets...
  • A Chilling Proposal

    02/25/2014 1:18:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    Any freedom-loving person would be outraged at the attempt by the Federal Communications Commission to inject itself into monitoring the practices of print and broadcast media organizations, but the outrage came almost exclusively from conservatives, which is highly instructive. But liberals and conservatives are on such different planets that they don't even agree that this development -- that only conservatives objected -- is instructive, which is also instructive. The Washington Post was hoist with its own petard in reacting with a subtly pointed headline, "Proposed FCC study of news organizations sparks conservative outcry," and exposing its own biases rather than...
  • Just Abolish The FCC

    02/24/2014 11:00:47 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 56 replies
    IBD ^ | February 21, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Bureaucracy: The FCC jumped the shark with its outrageous plan to police America's newsrooms. This grasp for a new mission signals an agency that has outlived its purpose. We have a better idea: Just scrap the FCC. There's nothing worse than a federal agency that has lost its original mission, has nothing productive to do and, as a result, is restlessly rustling around for something to justify its existence. That describes the Federal Communications Commission, an old-line agency founded in the 1930s to regulate a limited supply of television airwaves divided among three networks, which is now gone with the...
  • Dem’s Try to Use FCC to Censor Anti-Obamacare Ads

    02/24/2014 7:51:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2014 | Michael Reagan
    What do Democrats do when a hard-hitting anti-Obamacare ad threatens the electoral prospects of a Democrat Congressman? Well… You unleash the lawyers. With any luck, you might even be able to use the weight of the FCC to muscle local stations into denying the ad any air time. Because, obviously, using government regulatory agencies to strong arm broadcasters into censoring political advertisements, is a tactic in total compliance with the intent of the First Amendment. Julia Boonstra is currently suffering from Leukemia. And, until the implementation of Obamacare, she had insurance coverage that provided her with desired benefits. In fact,...
  • This Democratic Senate wannabe [Gary Peters] just picked a fight with a mother who has cancer

    02/23/2014 6:09:20 PM PST · by grundle · 15 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | February22, 2014 | Christopher Bedford
    Last week, The Washington Post began grumbling about an Americans for Prosperity (AFP) ad featuring Julie Boonstra, a woman with leukemia who was thrown into expensive uncertainty by Obamacare, with Greg Sargent lamenting the tragedy of its effectiveness and Glenn Kessler asking for more proof. (BEDFORD: The Post is pretty worried about the people Obamacare hurts) Then Rep. Gary Peters, who is the running for the U.S. Senate in Michigan, went all-in Friday, having his lawyers send a letter to a Michigan television station citing the Post in demanding that AFP provide more evidence that Obamacare is as terrible as...
  • Michigan Democrat Rep. Gary Peters threatens TV station licenses over Obamacare ad

    02/23/2014 4:29:56 PM PST · by GraceG · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 02/22/2014 | Charles Hoskinson
    While Julie Boonstra of Dexter, Mich., struggles to survive leukemia, she now also has to cope with being called a liar by the Democrat who wants to be her next senator. And the campaign of Rep. Gary Peters is also going after television stations airing ads in which her story is featured, threatening their licenses. The ad by Americans for Prosperity features Boonstra talking about how her insurance was canceled under Obamacare and saying that Peters' decision to vote for the law "jeopardized my health." The ads are airing in Michigan as Peters seeks the Democratic nomination to replace Sen....
  • Obama crackdown on press freedom escalates

    02/21/2014 6:21:16 PM PST · by onyx · 24 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 20 Feb 2014 | by BEN SHAPIRO
    Last week, Reporters Without Borders dropped America in the World Press Freedom Index 2014 from 33rd to 46th. James Risen of The New York Times rightly explained, “I think 2013 will go down in history as the worst year for press freedom in the United States’ modern history.” And he’s right. The violation of press freedoms has been egregious under this administration, even as the press fetes President Obama as an honest and effective commander-in-chief. Selective Access. President Obama has regularly granted special access to reporters who give him preferential coverage. CBS’ Steve Kroft admitted as much after a...
  • Drag a Hundred Dollar Bill through a School of Journalism

    02/22/2014 11:43:51 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | February 23, 2014 | Clarice Feldman
    Somebody needs to tell the FCC: you don't buy a cow when the milk is free. James Carville once shockingly demonstrated the left's disdain for the morals of the poor, saying, "Drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you'll find." In truth, you can buy whatever you want much more easily if you drag that bill through a School of Journalism. CNS reports that George Soros has seeded such schools at the University of Southern California and the University of Wisconsin to create shock troops for the now shelved FCC plan to monitor (bully) the...
  • Universities in FCC Newsroom Probe Have Close Ties to Soros, Got $1.8M in Funding

    02/23/2014 4:06:00 AM PST · by Islander7 · 11 replies
    CNSnews.com ^ | Feb 21, 2014 | By Mike Ciandella
    The FCC may have suspended its invasion into American newsrooms, but the controversial "Critical Information Needs" study also has George Soros' fingerprints all over it. While disturbing, this should come as no surprise since Soros' gave more than $52 million to media organizations from 2000-2010. Two schools were working with FCC on the project, according to Byron York of The Washington Examiner. The University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Communication and Democracy, were tasked by the FCC with coming up with criteria for what information is "critical" for Americans...
  • Sarah Palin Blasts Press: You Only 'Cry Foul' When 'Obama's Boot is on Your Neck'

    02/23/2014 8:16:19 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 22 Feb 2014 | Tony Lee
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin blasted the mainstream press for only holding President Barack Obama accountable when they are impacted by Obama's overreach and abuses, while not being watchdogs in nearly every other case. "Lamestream calls for empathy, even outrage, for a First Amendment violation that's on par with all the abuse we've brought to your attention as Obama stomps on our Constitution," Palin wrote on her Facebook page after the Obama administration's FCC aborted plans to monitor the country's newsrooms. "You've IGNORED us, you've marginalized us, you've left us for 'destroyed.' But when Obama's boot is on YOUR neck you finally...
  • Michigan Democrat Rep. Gary Peters threatens TV station licenses over Obamacare ad

    02/23/2014 4:41:10 AM PST · by Libloather · 40 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/22/14 | Charles Hoskinson
    While Julie Boonstra of Dexter, Mich., struggles to survive leukemia, she now also has to cope with being called a liar by the Democrat who wants to be her next senator. And the campaign of Rep. Gary Peters is also going after television stations airing ads in which her story is featured, threatening their licenses. The ad by Americans for Prosperity features Boonstra talking about how her insurance was canceled under Obamacare and saying that Peters' decision to vote for the law "jeopardized my health." The ads are airing in Michigan as Peters seeks the Democratic nomination to replace Sen....
  • Universities in FCC Newsroom Probe Have Close Ties to Soros, Got $1.8M in Funding

    02/22/2014 7:11:30 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 18 replies
    CNS news ^ | February 21, 2014 | Mike Ciandella
    The FCC may have suspended its invasion into American newsrooms, but the controversial "Critical Information Needs" study also has George Soros' fingerprints all over it. While disturbing, this should come as no surprise since Soros' gave more than $52 million to media organizations from 2000-2010. Two schools were working with FCC on the project, according to Byron York of The Washington Examiner. The University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Communication and Democracy, were tasked by the FCC with coming up with criteria for what information is "critical" for Americans...
  • FCC Chairman Says Critics Are Overreacting to New Plan

    02/22/2014 9:15:36 AM PST · by John Semmens · 22 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 21 Feb 2014 | John Semmens
    The Federal Communications Commission plan to send “researchers” into newsrooms in order to observe how stories are selected and reported has sparked fears of government intimidation and censorship. Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, said “the mere presence of agents of the government may exert a subtle pressure to slant reporting in a way that deters critical coverage of Administration policies.” Ajit Pai, one of the FCC's Commissioners, voiced his concern that “this claimed 'information gathering effort' to ascertain the 'philosophy' behind how those in the news media do their jobs could stifle dissent....
  • Media Silence Explained?: Soros Fingerprints On FCC Newsroom Probe

    02/22/2014 7:34:50 AM PST · by george76 · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 22 Feb 2014 | John Nolte
    The real mystery behind the FCC's now abandoned "study" to police American newsrooms is why the mainstream media refused to raise holy hell over it. While Obama's lapdogs refused to bark, it was conservative media who fought for newsroom independence and got the FCC to finally back down. Other than the media's natural obedience to Obama, the fact that the fingerprints of left-wing billionaire George Soros have been found on the FCC study might also help to explain the media's silence. ... The media's hands-off policy with Soros is nothing new ... The mainstream media not only shares Soros' hard-left...
  • Why Did the FCC’s Plan to Invade Newsrooms Only Inspire ‘Conservative Outcry’?

    02/21/2014 11:59:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Mediaite ^ | February 21, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    “Proposed FCC study of news organizations sparks conservative outcry,” The Washington Post declared on Friday. The story revealed details of the backlash against a Federal Communications Commission plan to investigate the news-gathering and information dissemination practices of a variety of print and broadcast media outlets. The Post quickly amended that headline, as someone decided the study should have sparked a general “outcry,” even though it apparently did not –- at least, not in The Post’s newsroom. Still, some bright fellow at The Post noted that this latest encroachment by the federal government should be met with at least a perfunctory...
  • Obama Asks Press to Submit to "Voluntary" FCC Study

    02/21/2014 11:32:21 PM PST · by rightwingerpatriot · 20 replies
    Rightwingpatriot.com ^ | February 21, 2014 | Rightwingerpatriot
    In a scenario straight out of any banana republic or Soviet-style satellite state, the Obama administration is sending the FCC out to conduct "voluntary" surveys of the press. Apparently the goal of the FCC is to "identify and understand the critical information needs of the American public, with special emphasis on vulnerable-disadvantaged populations." Say what? What this boils down to is the fact that the federal government would allow the FCC, in the words of an agency commissioner, to "grill reporters, editors, and station owners about how they decide which stories to run." What this really amounts to is intimidation...