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February 20, 2014

Shockwaves mounting over Obama administration's plan to put government monitors in newsrooms

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There's really no better word to describe this report other than 'bone chilling'!

This is something directly out of old Soviet Russia or Hitler's Gestapo ... not the kind of thing one would ever expect to see coming out of an American president's administration.

Here's Townhall Editor Katie Pavlich discussing the latest developments with Megyn Kelly Wednesday on "The Kelly File".

Via BizPac:

Despite congressional opposition, the Federal Communications Commission plans to send researchers to oversee TV and radio newsrooms, casting what promises to be a chill on freedom of the press.

When House Republicans got wind of the plan in December, they sent a letter to the FCC, according to The Hill.

"Given the widespread calls for the Commission to respect the First Amendment and stay out of the editorial decisions of reporters and broadcasters, we were shocked to see that the FCC is putting itself back in the business of attempting to control the political speech of journalists," the Republicans wrote in a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. "It is wrong, it is unconstitutional, and we urge you to put a stop to this most recent attempt to engage the FCC as the 'news police'.

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai didn't get the message, telling The Wall Street Journal last week that the agency's plans are still very much in the works. The Journal reported:

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."

Journalists are now up in arms. The last thing a newsroom needs is a Soviet-style political officer looking over the shoulders of reporters and editors, and helping them shape the news to the Obama administration's liking.
Borrowing from the comments of a reader at the BizPack piece, first and foremost the press is allowed to be biased, we may not like it and in many cases it can slant news to the point of complete distortion, but that's allowed in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which clearly states:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or
prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press;
or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
Additionally, the FCC has no Constitutional basis by which to exist ... it was established by the Communications Act of 1934 as an independent U.S. government agency and is directly responsible to Congress and is barred by law from trying to prevent the broadcast of any point of view. The Communications Act prohibits the FCC from censoring broadcast material, in most cases, and from making any regulation that would interfere with freedom of speech.

Andwhat the hell an "under served population" with respect to free speech and freedom of the press?

Yes, welcome to Obama's Amerika!

Posted by Hyscience at February 20, 2014 8:57 AM

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