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  • 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...
  • FCC backs off newsroom survey plan

    02/21/2014 1:49:14 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 21, 2014 | FoxNews.com
    The Federal Communications Commission announced Friday that it was putting on hold a controversial study of American newsrooms, after complaints from Republican lawmakers and media groups that the project was too intrusive. FCC spokeswoman Shannon Gilson said Chairman Tom Wheeler agreed with critics that some of the study's proposed questions for reporters and news directors "overstepped the bounds of what is required."
  • Joe Goebbels, Move over - The Alarming FCC Incursion

    02/21/2014 11:15:41 AM PST · by harpu · 27 replies
    www.clashdaily.com ^ | 02/21/2014 | Marilyn Assenheim
    The Federal Communications Commission is an “independent government agency” and was born when Congress signed the Communications Act of 1934. Its purpose, as reported by AllGov.com, was to prevent a monopoly of the airwaves: “Concerned over the growing power of large corporations and conglomerates…President Franklin Roosevelt wanted the FCC to make sure the country’s budding mass communications systems did not fall into the hands of a select few.” Today’s interpretation would add the caveat “unless that monopoly is the government.” Thursday, news broke that the FCC plans to plant “researchers” (read “agents”) in every print newsroom, internet news outlet, television...
  • Journalists Won't Put Up with Regime Monitors in Newsrooms? Don't Be So Sure...

    02/20/2014 5:29:58 PM PST · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | February 20, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I want to start today with this story that the Regime is going to put monitors in American news organization newsrooms. I had a fascinating discussion with two or three people here asking what they thought of it, and without fail, without exception, everybody I asked about this said without the slightest hesitation or doubt that the media will rise up in righteous indignation and opposition and will not put up with this. The media, the New York Times, NBC News, CBS, Washington Post, you name it, they will not tolerate it. They will draw a red...
  • OBAMA'S NEWS POLICE

    02/21/2014 8:41:00 AM PST · by Dqban22 · 35 replies
    FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE ^ | 2/21/2014 | Matthew Vadum
    Obama’s News Police Posted By Matthew Vadum On February 21, 2014 @ 12:56 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage The Obama administration is planning to send what critics characterize as government spies into the newsrooms of the nation’s media outlets. This unprecedented assault on Americans’ First Amendment freedoms is part of the Community Organizer-in-Chief’s political war against the few pockets of media resistance he has encountered at Fox News and in the world of talk radio. Sending federal bureaucrats to meddle in newsroom affairs by conducting an alleged “study” will chill news coverage and make government-licensed broadcast media think twice about airing...
  • FCC Chief: We're Not Going to Police Your Newsroom

    02/21/2014 8:03:41 AM PST · by kristinn · 79 replies
    The National Journal ^ | Friday, February 21, 2013 | Laura Ryan
    The head of the Federal Communications Commission is trying to douse Republican accusations that his agency is trying to covertly police the editorial decisions of TV news. In a letter to senior House Republicans released Thursday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the agency "has no intention of regulating political or other speech of journalists or broadcasters." Republicans have picked at an FCC study introduced last spring on "critical information needs" that is intended to examine barriers of entry into the news media industry for small businesses. The study's inquiry included questions such as: "What is the news philosophy of the...
  • Republicans, Stop It Now!

    02/21/2014 7:41:06 AM PST · by originalbuckeye · 9 replies
    2/21/14 | Originalbuckeye
    Republican legislators, stop this Fed takeover of the newsrooms in it's tracks! They already control around 95% of Big Media. We are hedging toward 100% Pravda reporting! STOP BEING WIMPS!!
  • Is Obama trying to kill a free press?

    02/21/2014 7:38:11 AM PST · by Innovative · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | Feb 20, 2014 | Jay Sekulow/
    The FCC is launching a new study, taking upon itself the task of deciding what news the public “needs” to hear, versus the news the public wants to hear. The agency will conduct a “General Population Survey” that will “measure community members’ actual and perceived critical information needs.” Got that? What you think (perceive) you need to know is different from what the government says you need to know. Next, the FCC will send monitors to newsrooms across the country who will ask questions regarding the “philosophy” of the newsroom, inquire about possible conflicts between reporters and their bosses, and...
  • A Friendly Visit From the FCC

    02/21/2014 4:26:25 AM PST · by moneyrunner · 22 replies
    It appears, per Bud Norman, that with the exception of FOX News and the editorial pages of the Wall street Journal, the MSM really isn't bothered by the FCC's announcement that they're going to be checking up on what stories are being reported and how they are covered. Well, when your already the organ of the ruling party, that doesn't bother you. The Fox New Network is on the story, possibly because they’re the ones whose reporters have treated as criminal co-conspirators and excluded from the White House news pool and routinely criticized by every level of the administration, and...
  • The FCC Wades Into the Newsroom

    02/21/2014 3:25:31 AM PST · by Renfield · 16 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2-10-2014 | Ajit Pai
    News organizations often disagree about what Americans need to know. MSNBC, for example, apparently believes that traffic in Fort Lee, N.J., is the crisis of our time. Fox News, on the other hand, chooses to cover the September 2012 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi more heavily than other networks. The American people, for their part, disagree about what they want to watch. 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...
  • New Obama initiative tramples First Amendment protections (FCC monitors in newsrooms)

    02/20/2014 3:43:22 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 30 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 2-20-2014 | Byron York
    February 20, 2014 New Obama initiative tramples First Amendment protections Byron York The First Amendment says "Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…" But under the Obama administration, the Federal Communications Commission is planning to send government contractors into the nation's newsrooms to determine whether journalists are producing articles, television reports, Internet content, and commentary that meets the public's "critical information needs." Those "needs" will be defined by the administration, and news outlets that do not comply with the government's standards could face an uncertain future. It's hard to imagine a project more at...
  • ‘Time to Forget the United States…’: Beck Says the ‘Fundamental Transformation’ Has Already Happened

    02/20/2014 12:54:54 PM PST · by Errant · 41 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 20 February 2014 | Erica Ritz
    A fiery Glenn Beck asserted Wednesday that the “fundamental transformation” of America has already occurred, and it is “time to forget the United States of America that you know.” “If this is what is [I am] required to pledge allegiance to, I am no longer a citizen of this country,” Beck said. “If I am required to pledge allegiance to that, I proudly declare now for my grandchildren’s ears, I am not a part of [it].” Beck was referring to then-candidate Barack Obama’s pledge that “we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America” with his...
  • FCC Plans to Issue New 'Net Neutrality' Rules

    02/20/2014 8:35:25 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 14 replies
    http://online.wsj.com/news/ ^ | February 19, 2014 | Gautham Nagesh
    The Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday it would again issue rules to prevent Internet service providers from blocking or slowing down access to content providers that don't pay a toll to reach consumers. snip Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit threw out FCC rules barring providers from blocking or slowing down websites, but it acknowledged the FCC has some authority to regulate broadband-company practices under a section of the 1996 Telecommunications Act that gives it broad authority to encourage U.S. broadband service. The FCC said Wednesday it won't appeal the D.C. Circuit's ruling....
  • FCC Agency study could stifle freedom of the press, says FCC official

    02/20/2014 7:30:11 AM PST · by Innovative · 56 replies
    Fox 43 ^ | Feb 20, 2014 | FoxNews
    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...
  • Why is the Obama Administration Putting Government Monitors in Newsrooms?

    02/20/2014 7:15:35 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 120 replies
    ACLJ.org ^ | Feb 19, 2014 | Matthew Clark
    Free Speech » Matthew Clark » Docket Blog Why is the Obama Administration Putting Government Monitors in Newsrooms? The Obama Administration’s Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is poised to place government monitors in newsrooms across the country in an absurdly draconian attempt to intimidate and control the media. Before you dismiss this assertion as utterly preposterous (we all know how that turned out when the Tea Party complained that it was being targeted by the IRS), this bombshell of an accusation comes from an actual FCC Commissioner. FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai reveals a brand new Obama Administration program that he fears...
  • The FCC Plan To Police The Newsrooms [Team Obamugabe's Totalitarian Hopes]

    02/19/2014 4:41:18 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    investors.com ^ | 2/13/14
    <p>First Amendment: The FCC has cooked up a plan to place "researchers" in U.S. newsrooms, supposedly to learn all about how editorial decisions are made. Any questions as to why the U.S. is falling in the free press rankings?</p> <p>As if illegal seizures of Associated Press phone records and the shadowy tailing of the mother of a Fox News reporter weren't menacing enough, the Obama administration is going out of its way to institute a new intrusive surveillance of the press, as if the press wasn't supine enough.</p>
  • Media Grilling - Does FCC Study Violate Freedom Of The Press? - Judge Andrew Napolitano F&F

    02/20/2014 7:07:21 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 14 replies
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | February 20, 2014 | You Tube
    Judge explains where it came from the white house- instructions to FCC. Freedom of the press is guaranteed in first amendment. Radical new era of tyranny in the white house Currently it is voluntary – Judge Nap says it would eventually change
  • Obama Administration’s Plan to Study Newsrooms Is Drawing Plenty of Public Opposition

    02/19/2014 5:18:47 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 37 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 2/19/2014 | Fred Lucas
    A plan by the Federal Communications Commission to study how news organizations select stories has prompted about 10,000 people to sign a petition saying “no government monitors in newsrooms.” That’s according to the American Center for Law and Justice, which announced the petition Wednesday and said it reached that number within the first two hours. The agency announced a Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs last year, explaining that it wanted to understand the process of which stories are selected, station priorities, content production, populations served, perceived station bias, and perceived percent of news dedicated to each of the “critical...
  • Why is the Obama Administration Putting Government Monitors in Newsrooms?

    02/18/2014 3:32:28 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 130 replies
    aclj.org ^ | February 18, 2014 | Matthew Clark
    The Obama Administration’s Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is poised to place government monitors in newsrooms across the country in an absurdly draconian attempt to intimidate and control the media. Before you dismiss this assertion as utterly preposterous (we all know how that turned out when the Tea Party complained that it was being targeted by the IRS), this bombshell of an accusation comes from an actual FCC Commissioner. FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai reveals a brand new Obama Administration program that he fears could be used in “pressuring media organizations into covering certain stories.” As Commissioner Pai explains in the Wall...
  • FCC investigating editorial choices and bias in broadcasters — and newspapers

    02/11/2014 12:44:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/11/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    “Everyone talks about the weather,” Mark Twain (apocryphally) observed, “but nobody does anything about it.” To some extent, the same is true about editorial bias. People have complained about bias in news coverage for decades, but only recently have the barriers to market entry been so low as to allow critics to build their own platforms to do anything about it. That frustration with editorial bias led in large part to the explosion of the blogosphere, which forced news outlets to deal substantively with the criticisms they created with their editorial biases.That is the free-market approach. Should there be a...
  • Quinn and Rose Gone but not forgotten!!!

    11/18/2013 7:27:44 AM PST · by GregB · 43 replies
    The Sudden Disappearance of The Popular Quinn and Rose Morning Talk show from Clean Channel's lineup this morning is troubling!!
  • FCC: Lifeline Program Fraud and Abuse Surpasses Two Million Subscribers

    11/05/2013 11:16:25 AM PST · by ColdOne · 8 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 11/5/13 | Jeryl Bier
    In a continuing crackdown on the federal government's Lifeline program, sometimes known as "Obama phones," the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has revealed that fraud and abuse in the program exceeded two million subscribers. New rules were established after it became clear that subscribers and providers were taking advantage of the system:
  • FCC to police news media, question reporters in wide-ranging content survey

    10/30/2013 9:36:55 AM PDT · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/30/13 | Tim Cavanaugh
    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...
  • US is primed to overtake Europe and Japan as the technological leader in cell phone technology

    10/07/2002 1:42:41 PM PDT · by sourcery · 86 replies · 1,937+ views
    USS Clueless ^ | 5 Oct 2002 | Steven Den Beste
    Stardate 20021005.2128 (On Screen): As I think many of my readers know, I used to work for Qualcomm designing cell phones. Qualcomm is the company which invented CDMA, and made it practical, and made it into a market success, and it now dominates the American market, where Verizon and Sprint both use it. There are two other nationwide cellular systems: AT&T currently uses IS-136 TDMA, which is obsolete and has no upgrade path. Cingular uses GSM, a more sophisticated form of TDMA from Europe. And right now I'm basking in the evil glow of a major case of schadenfreude. The...
  • Obama hits bloggers, radio 'talking heads' who 'profit from conflict'

    10/19/2013 7:05:46 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 97 replies
    Politico ^ | Oct 17, 2013 | Dylan Byers
    Demanding a change to the way business is done in Washington, President Barack Obama on Thursday urged lawmakers to ignore lobbyists, bloggers, "talking heads on radio" and "the professional activists who profit from conflict."
  • Sen. Ted Cruz blocks confirmation of Tom Wheeler, nominee for FCC chairman

    10/17/2013 8:16:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/17/13 | Cecilia Kang
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) lost his battle against the new health-care law but he already has a new target in sight: the Federal Communications Commission. The tea party member late Wednesday blocked the confirmation of Tom Wheeler as chairman of the FCC, saying he wanted greater assurance from President Obama’s nominee that the agency wouldn’t require more funding disclosures for political TV ads. Cruz has said that such free speech should be protected. When asked about the issue in a June confirmation hearing, Wheeler demurred, saying he would study the issue.
  • Obama looks to fill fall scorecard with regulations, going small-bore

    09/15/2013 10:41:01 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 15, 2013 | Justin Sink
    President Obama hopes to fill his 2012 campaign scorecard this fall by focusing on executive actions and smaller-bore legislative items. Progress on the president’s big-ticket agenda of gun control, immigration reform and the budget has been stymied by a gridlocked Congress, but the White House thinks Obama can still score several political victories. “We’ll continue to work with folks on both sides of the aisle to find common ground around common-sense ideas that’ll help middle class families. In the meantime, the president has also taken a series of executive actions,” said White House spokesman Bobby Whithorne. “These steps aren’t a...
  • A Quest to Save AM (Radio) Before It’s Lost in the Static (caused by cellphones and other devices)

    09/10/2013 1:30:11 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | September 8, 2013 | By EDWARD WYATT
    ...at least one man in Washington is tuning in. Ajit Pai, the lone Republican on the Federal Communications Commission, is on a personal if quixotic quest to save AM. After a little more than a year in the job, he is urging the F.C.C. to undertake an overhaul of AM radio, which he calls “the audible core of our national culture.” He sees AM — largely the realm of local news, sports, conservative talk and religious broadcasters — as vital in emergencies and in rural areas. “AM radio is localism, it is community,” Mr. Pai, 40, said in an interview....
  • Obama pushes ambitious Internet access plan

    08/13/2013 12:19:13 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Aug 13, 2013 | By Zachary A. Goldfarb
    President Obama liked the idea laid out in a memo from his staff: an ambitious plan to expand high-speed Internet access in schools that would allow students to use digital notebooks and teachers to customize lessons like never before. Better yet, the president would not need Congress to approve it. White House senior advisers have described the little-known proposal, announced earlier this summer under the name ConnectEd, as one of the biggest potential achievements of Obama’s second term. There’s just one little catch — the proposal costs billions of dollars, and Obama wants to pay for it by raising fees...
  • Sen. Edward Markey calls for FCC to intervene in CBS, TWC dispute

    08/06/2013 7:38:13 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 6, 2013 | Ryan Faughnder
    Customers have been calling on Time Warner Cable and CBS Corp. to resolve their ongoing carriage dispute that has resulted in channels going dark in several markets including Los Angeles and New York. Now politicians are demanding an end to the blackout. Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), who recently won John F. Kerry's Senate seat, on Tuesday asked the Federal Communications Commission to step in and restart negotiations.