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Feb 21 2014

FCC Moves to Regulate News

The Audacity of Hope is even more audacious than I knew. I expected they would disarm us first before they tried to get away with thuggery like this. Below are the words of Ajit Pai, one of the two FCC commissioners appointed by a Republican. His term expires in 2016.

With its “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,” or CIN, the [Federal Communications Commission] plans to send researchers to grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run. …

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.”

Allow me to translate the bureaucratic libspeak. “Critical information needs” refers to official government propaganda on issues like global warming. “Underserved populations” are special interest groups the liberal ruling class favors at the expense of the majority (blacks, homosexuals, Muslims, etc.).

How does the FCC plan to dig up all that information? First, the agency selected eight categories of “critical information” such as the “environment” and “economic opportunities,” that it believes local newscasters should cover. It plans to ask station managers, news directors, journalists, television anchors and on-air reporters to tell the government about their “news philosophy” and how the station ensures that the community gets critical information.

Try to imagine a news agency needing to explain to bureaucrats their plan for disseminating official propaganda in a free country. It would never happen.

The FCC also wants to wade into office politics. One question for reporters is: “Have you ever suggested coverage of what you consider a story with critical information for your customers that was rejected by management?” Follow-up questions ask for specifics about how editorial discretion is exercised, as well as the reasoning behind the decisions.

This won’t be a problem for outfits that dutifully support the Regime, like MSNBC. Fox News, on the other hand, will have some explaining to do.

But don’t worry, in a soft tyranny like ours still is for now, even programs to intimidate news outlets into conformity with the official government line are voluntary:

Participation in the Critical Information Needs study is voluntary—in theory. Unlike the opinion surveys that Americans see on a daily basis and either answer or not, as they wish, the FCC’s queries may be hard for the broadcasters to ignore. They would be out of business without an FCC license, which must be renewed every eight years.

We know from the dark days of the Fairness Doctrine what effect this will have on information programming, at least for outlets not willing to serve as government press agencies. Any topic that might attract controversy might attract bureaucratic attention, so it will be avoided. If you think the news treats us like frivolous morons now, wait until Obama has planted official agents in every newsroom.

The CIN study includes newspapers, despite the FCC having no authority to regulate print media. Increasingly, our rulers don’t even bother to make it look good.

As Matthew Clark asks,

Is it any wonder that the U.S. now ranks 46th in the world for freedom of the press? Reporters Without Borders called America’s precipitous drop of 13 places in its recent global rankings “one of the most significant declines” in freedom of the press in the world.

If we continue on our current trajectory, 46th place on this list will soon be a fond memory — and we will continue if we do not push back hard.


On tips from TheWrightWing, Artfldgr, Stormfax, and G Fox. Graphic compliments of Stormfax.

28 Responses to “FCC Moves to Regulate News”

  1. Laurie says:


    They plan to look into “the process by which stories are selected”?

    Don’t they already know? If they want to find out how the LSM selects their stories, they merely need to sign up for Jay Carney’s Daily LameStream Media Talking Points email.


  2. Henry says:

    With ObrownMao’s ascendancy to pResident, the progs have become emboldened. The “necessary” changes in academia and media aren’t happening fast enough, so they will seize control in order to accelerate the process.

  3. Logic_Mine says:

    But of course, what Marxist tyranny do you know of that doesn’t control the media?

    Freedom of the Press? Oh, that’s written on that worthless piece of paper we called the Constitution. It doesn’t mean anything ………anymore. Just ask any liberal.

  4. Dave J says:

    Absolutely nobody should be surprised by this development. How many times has the president complained in public and on the media itself about Fox News and negative media coverage of his administration?

  5. TED says:

    ONE MORE to add to the list.

    (That POS can get THE DUMBEST looks on his mug.)

  6. TED says:

    “Freedom of the Press” dosen’t matter to 90% of the news outlets, they are under government control anyway.

  7. TED says:

    If they only knew…

    They woulden’t have bothered to build it.

  8. Tchhht!!! says:

    Ven vill za block vatches be selected? Heil Obama!!!

  9. Bill T says:

    This Video Perfectly Breaks Down Exactly What’s Going On In Venezuela

  10. JTW says:

    Main reason the US isn’t lower on the list is because the EU countries have dropped even faster.

  11. 762x51 says:

    When I was a kid I had a book of Aesop’s Fables. This story reminded me immediately of the Frog and the Scorpion.

    The Scorpion and the Frog

    A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back.

    The frog asks, “How do I know you won’t sting me?” The scorpion says, “Because if I do, I will die too.”

    The frog is satisfied, and they set out, but in midstream, the scorpion stings the frog. The frog feels the onset of paralysis and starts to sink, knowing they both will drown, but has just enough time to gasp


    Replies the scorpion: “Its my nature…”

    Liberalism is the ultimate scorpion.

  12. Spurwing Plover says:

    FCC the Fascsist Communication Commision

  13. Gunny G says:

    Commissars (of)

  14. Jester says:

    All too typical old-school prog approach: Don’t debate, don’t convince, don’t convert: SHUT THEM DOWN.

  15. IslandLifer says:

    Here’s the criminal and his daughters company who attempted this criminal action.

  16. Son of Taz says:

    If this isn’t go-time, I don’t know what is.

    Lock and load patriots, lock and load.

  17. F.D.R. in Hell says:

    During World War II, the Office of War Information (OWI) had to clear all radio scripts and news stories before broadcast. Many program scripts were cut to shreds by the Feds because they didn’t reflect a positive war facade or inadvertently gave “aid and comfort to the enemy.”

    Well, there’s a war going on now, too…

    The Administration Against the American People. 🙁

  18. Eleanor in Hell says:

    Hey, Franklin, did the OWI censor your “Fireside Shats”?


  19. F.D.R. in Hell says:

    “Shats” ?

  20. Eleanor in Hell says:

    Yeah, the past tense of “sh!t” 😮

  21. NorcalJim says:

    Fortunately the FCC has backed off on asking questions of newspeople, the cockroaches are running from the lights.. but they will try again.

  22. Artfldgr says:

    General Directorate for the Protection of State Secrets in the Press

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