Our First Amendment is Under Attack Again

From Newsmax:

The FCC is launching an initiative to question the priorities and decisions of newsrooms and potentially crack down on “perceived station bias,” according to one of the agency’s commissioners.

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In an op-ed piece for The Wall Street Journal, Ajit Pai says the Federal Communications Commission plans to send researchers to grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run, as part of a “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,” reminiscent, he says, of the now-defunct controversial Fairness Doctrine.

“The FCC says the study is merely an objective fact-finding mission.  The results will inform a report that the FCC must submit to Congress every three years on eliminating barriers to entry for entrepreneurs and small businesses in the communications industry,” Pai writes.

“This claim is peculiar.  How can the news judgments made by editors and station managers impede small businesses from entering the broadcast industry?  And why does the [Critical Information Needs] study include newspapers when the FCC has no authority to regulate print media?”

Pai argues that the government “has no place pressuring media organizations into covering certain stories,” and says it’s a “dangerous” first step toward “newsroom policing.”

House Republicans raised similar concerns in December about the agency’s study, claiming it was an attempt to impose “Fairness Doctrine 2.0,” The Hill reported.

“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 lawmakers wrote at the time 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.'”

The Fairness Doctrine introduced in 1949 required radio and TV stations to air opposing views on controversial issues.  It led to lawsuits throughout the 1960s and 1970s arguing that the rules infringed on the freedom of press.  The FCC abandoned the regulation in 1987 after admitting it did not serve the public interest.

An FCC official said Tuesday, however, that the agency may rework the study to address the concerns that have been raised.

“The commission has no intention of interfering in the coverage and editorial choices that journalists make,” the official told the National Journal. “We’re closely reviewing the proposed research design to determine if an alternative approach is merited.”

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It could not be any clearer that this effort is taking place under O’s instructions. For years it has been obvious how he feels about the media, so it’s only natural that he would seek to edit what’s being reported, beyond the scripted interviews and briefings.

This is the broadest and most blatant attack on our Constitutional rights that’s come to light in a long time.

Allen West had this to say about it:

“The federal government has absolutely no business determining what stories should and should not be run, what is critical for the American public and what is not, whether it perceives a bias, and whose interests are or are not being served by the free press.  But there’s no retribution when Obama summons liberal media personalities to the White House who then parrot his talking points. This is Orwellian beyond belief! In this universe of deceit, truth will indeed be a revolutionary act.”

The FCC’s Mr. Pai says this is an objective fact finding mission, but it is neither objective nor are they in search of facts. That is merely the cover story to get them in the door.

In the WSJ piece Pai says:

“A field test in Columbia, S.C., is scheduled to begin this spring. The purpose of the CIN 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.”

That is butt-deep bullshit and we all know it. We must put a stop to this. Period.

This one really pegged the meter.

~Kathy

(h/t to Mrs. AL)

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19 Responses to Our First Amendment is Under Attack Again

  1. Everyone ready? Censorship in 4..3..2..1…

  2. Rich B says:

    “Fact finding mission” my ass! They’re dipping their toes in the water to see how much they may be able to get away with when it comes to censorship. Let’s see how Pravda responds to this one. When you consider it’s the press and free speech on the line will Pravda toe the line like good little comrades or will they finally step up and call these bastards on this? Any guesses?

    One more another cherished lie about liberalism and its support of free speech and so-called tolerance will be exposed. As a youngster in the Los Angeles Unified School District back in the sixties I was constantly told by my teachers about the far-right and how they were aching to steal my Constitutional right to free speech. I was told the “Men In Black” would be coming from the right to keep me in line. Once again progressives show their true colors.

    I have in the course of my life and blogging career blasted PMS-NBC, CNN, and most of the other alphabet networks for their slanted coverage and lies about conservatives. I lampoon them on a regular basis via image editing and vulgar posts and comments. But I have never once called for them to be silenced. In fact every time the butt-licks of Pravda make an idiot claim or post an Op/Ed blasting conservatism I welcome it. Their lunacy and lies just give me more examples for support of conservative viewpoints and in the process provide me with an endless supply of material.

    A simple message to the likes of Chris Matthews, Ed Schulz, Rachel Maddow and other the other lefty half-wits – this sword has two sides and it swings both ways. Let’s see if the sycophants of American Pravda are good little comrades and useful idiots or will they respond to this threat with any integrity. Any bets?

    • Kathy says:

      Fantastic comments, Rich, thanks for the input. Even the libtards support the first amendment.

      As you say, this double edged sword should have the media lefties screaming in very short order. As will the Dems in Congress when this news makes the rounds. They’re already having a difficult time campaigning with o’care hanging over them, so to add this fuel to the fire will only make matters worse.

  3. Hardnox says:

    The comparison of monitoring the press is strikingly familiar to what happened pre-totalitarian regimes anywhere.

    This is really bad news.

    Where is congress? Oh yeah, AWOL as usual.

  4. CW says:

    It’s time to:

    1. Refuse to cooperate; and
    2. CUT OFF THE MONEY to the FCC.

    Congress are you listening?

  5. Mrs AL says:

    Should this proceed as planned, ANY repeat ANYONE who cooperates in ANY MANNER should be called out publically.

    So to the media of all kinds: Cooperate and you will be shown for the anti-constitutional, government stooges that you are.

  6. Clyde says:

    Take a bow, Kathy. The ONLY part you have wrong is contained in your title. Should read STILL UNDER ATTACK.

  7. tannngl says:

    I’m sure the MSM will have no trouble with this. But it sounds like they are planning this for small local stations.

    Kathy, your commentary is right on. As usual.

  8. white531 says:

    Welcome to Communism 101. If you still think you have a voice in this, you are dreaming. Either that, or smoking some really good medical marijuana.

  9. Foreston says:

    As Rush said, “Prada on the Potomac”. This should be the tipping point!!