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#3592543 - 02/18/14 05:58 PM Monitors in Newsrooms?
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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 Street Journal:

Last May the FCC proposed an initiative to thrust the federal government into newsrooms across the country. With its "Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs," or CIN, the agency plans to send researchers to grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run. A field test in Columbia, S.C., is scheduled to begin this spring.

The purpose of the CIN, according to the FCC, is to ferret out information from television and radio broadcasters about "the process by which stories are selected" and how often stations cover "critical information needs," along with "perceived station bias" and "perceived responsiveness to underserved populations."

In fact, the FCC is now expanding the bounds of regulatory powers to include newspapers, which it has absolutely no authority over, in its new government monitoring program.

http://aclj.org/free-speech-2/why-is-obama-administration-putting-government-monitors-in-newsrooms
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#3592577 - 02/18/14 06:19 PM Re: Monitors in Newsrooms? [Re: Crappie Luck]
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I just read the other day that we recently dropped 12 spots in press freedom rankings among countries.
This should take us down to N. Korea levels.

Yay freedom.


Edited by preds1 (02/18/14 06:21 PM)
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#3593877 - 02/19/14 07:10 PM Re: Monitors in Newsrooms? [Re: preds1]
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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?

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.

Ajit Pai, a commissioner with the Federal Communications Commission, warned this week in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that a plan to dispatch researchers into radio, television and even newspaper newsrooms called the "Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs" is still going forward, despite the grave danger it presented to the First Amendment.

Pai warned that under the rationale of increasing minority representation in newsrooms, the FCC, which has the power to issue or not issue broadcasting licenses, would dispatch its "researchers" to newsrooms across America to seek their "voluntary" compliance about how news stories are decided, as well as "wade into office politics" looking for angry reporters whose story ideas were rejected as evidence of a shutout of minority views.

Pai questioned if such a study could really be voluntary, given FCC's conflict of interest (and, he might have added, the Obama record of going after political opponents).

The origin of the idea is a recrudescence of the Fairness Doctrine, inoperative since 1987 or so, to provide equal time to leftist points of view in broadcasting and other media that otherwise wouldn't have a willing audience in a free market.

http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials...-free-press.htm
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#3593978 - 02/19/14 08:11 PM Re: Monitors in Newsrooms? [Re: Crappie Luck]
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 Originally Posted By: Crappie Luck


....The origin of the idea is a recrudescence of the Fairness Doctrine, inoperative since 1987 or so, to provide equal time to leftist points of view in broadcasting and other media that otherwise wouldn't have a willing audience in a free market....



What a perfect choice of words!

My reverence for the mighty language of our ancestors aside for a moment, it's things like this that cause me far more concern than the FEMA camp at Crossville or the crisis actors who staged the Newtown Sandy Hook School shooting.
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#3594017 - 02/19/14 08:42 PM Re: Monitors in Newsrooms? [Re: Bambi Buster]
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Dr. Joseph Goebbels would be so proud!!!
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#3594059 - 02/19/14 09:06 PM Re: Monitors in Newsrooms? [Re: Wildcat]
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Like it or not but this is a serious thing. With it Obama WILL control the press, now he makes deals with them to keep them in line but this is different. This will be the end of the First Amendment.

Think I'm wrong?? Take a good look at the IRS and the Tea Party.
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#3594524 - 02/20/14 10:12 AM Re: Monitors in Newsrooms? [Re: Wildcat]
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#3594625 - 02/20/14 12:06 PM Re: Monitors in Newsrooms? [Re: Crappie Luck]
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How Pravda of them.

Now, does anyone question why I refer to the Regime?
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#3594720 - 02/20/14 01:31 PM Re: Monitors in Newsrooms? [Re: BMan]
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Rush is hammering this story today.
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#3595298 - 02/20/14 09:51 PM Re: Monitors in Newsrooms? [Re: de novo]
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As long as Modern Family still comes on no one cares.
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