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The FCC Plan To Police The Newsrooms
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial

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Posted By:PageTurner, 2/14/2014 2:58:58 PM

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

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Newsrooms across America should be hollering about this.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 2/14/2014 3:13:59 PM     (No. 9732757)

I´ll bet that the first newsrooms visited will be Fox News and the Wall Street Journal.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Th-Gr-Sil-Majority, 2/14/2014 3:14:03 PM     (No. 9732758)

...a giant step forward in establishing a "Ministry of Truth"...



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Reply 3 - Posted by: AGGW, 2/14/2014 3:16:47 PM     (No. 9732759)

Why would they even need to know how editorial decisions are made? Unless they are in 6th grade and learning about newspapers. Or 9th grade and learning how to publish the school paper. Or starting a job at a newspaper.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: clw54, 2/14/2014 3:18:49 PM     (No. 9732764)

Just like the Soviet Union. Party operatives all over the place to make sure everybody stayed in line.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 2/14/2014 3:36:04 PM     (No. 9732778)

Never having been sticklers for word definitions, these criminals throw down the "Minority" card and claim they want to protect "Minority" opinions from being crushed in the newsroom when, in fact, it is the conservatives who are the extreme minority in most newsrooms.

But then they don´t mean minority in that sense, now, do they ?

This is appalling and in a sane world would be the casus beli sufficio.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: skedaddle, 2/14/2014 3:45:46 PM     (No. 9732788)

I would have thought Ajit Pai already knew that editorial decisions in almost all U.S. newsrooms are made by operatives in the White House. This must be in response to the tiny amount of grumbling by the kneepad-wearing press. Time to put your pads back on and assume the position "journalists".

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Reply 7 - Posted by: mitzi, 2/14/2014 3:51:02 PM     (No. 9732793)

Does the FCC have any control over cable stations? Or, just broadcast NBC, CBS, etc.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: ladychatalie, 2/14/2014 4:07:44 PM     (No. 9732808)

Oooh, how creative. Obama´s FCC plans thought police.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: dman, 2/14/2014 4:08:18 PM     (No. 9732809)

The only justification for the FCC is to ration the limited radio spectrum in order to prevent chaos and promote interstate commerce as a result. Beyond that, it should have no say as to content. How should the spectrum be rationed? Now that should be open to public debate. Should it control non-radiated spectrum (such as twisted pair, cable, and optical) on other than non-interference issues? IMO there is less of a case for that.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: dman, 2/14/2014 4:11:00 PM     (No. 9732813)

other than interference issues (too many negatives!)

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Manitouman, 2/14/2014 4:21:50 PM     (No. 9732829)

Looks like I quit my weekly political column in the nick of time.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: OUACHITA, 2/14/2014 4:24:46 PM     (No. 9732832)

As much as I *itch and moan about the editorial content of newspapers, etc, a free press is one of the bedrocks of our country. The supreme court long ago told the various government entities to stay away from the press. That´s why you don´t pay sales tax on newspapers.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: crimea river, 2/14/2014 4:43:14 PM     (No. 9732857)

Show the "researcher" to his new desk down in storage room B and lock the door.
Make sure he has a red stapler and his computer is loaded with video games.
Let him out at lunch hour but don´t invite him to any meetings.
For his research, feed him memos from MSNBC by mistake.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 2/14/2014 5:26:46 PM     (No. 9732898)

Researcher=political officer

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Reply 15 - Posted by: judy, 2/14/2014 5:30:37 PM     (No. 9732904)

Hope they start with nbccbsabccnn. We need both sides of the story.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: john56, 2/14/2014 6:00:24 PM     (No. 9732931)

The government needs to weed out that 1% of journalists who do not properly carry the water for the regime.



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Reply 17 - Posted by: nonsense, 2/14/2014 7:16:24 PM     (No. 9732992)

Searching for "victims" every day in every way. What a hateful and unhappy crew in the the current tyrannical regime.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: sherlock1, 2/19/2014 4:18:19 PM     (No. 9738836)

Venezuela, here we come.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Tall Oak, 2/19/2014 4:46:15 PM     (No. 9738884)

In China they´re called "minders".

The media won´t have a problem with this as long as it operates with the same integrity as the IRS. The dynamics will change if the party in charge changes, of course, because abuse is only acceptable if it´s done for their benefit. Conservatives can´t be trusted with power you know.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: bmw50, 2/19/2014 6:33:54 PM     (No. 9738987)

Don´t know what the make of this but I do know how partisan the Obama administration is. Mix that with his blatant violations of the Constitution and the right to a fee press, and it can´t be good.

The poster above is right, this is about Conservative television, radio, print media and web sites. They will be the target of these "Obama police". The rest of the Godless, worthless, corrupt, meaningless, decadent, self-indulgent, marketers of perversion will be get passed over since they are not the problem.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: KarenJ1, 2/19/2014 7:26:01 PM     (No. 9739047)

The FCC now says it will be "closely reviewing the proposed research design to determine if an alternative approach is merited," as a result of Pai´s warning. Adweek actually reported that as a "retreat."

Not stated in the article is that Ajit Pai is one of the Republicans appointed by 0bama on the FCC. Here´s the link to the Adweek article saying the FCC is "backing off" of the study:

http://www.adweek.com/news/press/fcc-backs-study-newsroom-editorial-practices-155673



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Reply 22 - Posted by: uno, 2/19/2014 7:51:32 PM     (No. 9739064)

About the FCC dispatching its "researchers" to newsrooms across America to seek their "voluntary" compliance about how news stories are decided...

Gosh Wally, isn´t that just like telling companies that they have to swear to the IRS that none of their layoffs are because of obamacare, in writing, under threat of perjury charges, then coming out the following week and telling the nation that there is no evidence of job loss from obamacare?

Even a kid can tell what these marxists are up to!


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Reply 23 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 2/19/2014 7:57:42 PM     (No. 9739071)

Lenin and Stalin would be most proud. But, just the same, the msm (surely, they can handle this) should sit the "researchers" down in a janitors closet with the rest of the bagged garbage.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Penney, 2/19/2014 8:00:24 PM     (No. 9739073)

It is apparent 0bama´s gang of politicos has audacity but this FCC encroachment upon the First Amendment Right is beyond the pale. Where do they get such, er, ...´imaginative,´ ideas?!

Chief Justice Roberts might have something to say about this. ...Or maybe not. sigh

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Reply 25 - Posted by: FormerNYer, 2/19/2014 8:17:08 PM     (No. 9739087)

If the congress had any cahoonies the would withdraw all of the FCC budget.

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