FCC official, others warn agency study could stifle freedom of the press


#1

foxnews.com/politics/2014/02/19/fcc-official-others-warn-agency-study-would-squash-news-media-1st-amendment/

However, one agency commissioner, Ajit Pai, said in a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece Wednesday that the May 2013 proposal would allow researchers to “grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run.”

Chilling. But what can be done to stop it?


#2

Obama is going to start a revolution in the United States! There will be a civil war before he leaves office.


#3

Electing a Repub majority in the senate in 2014 and a Repub president in 2016. Nothing else will, and it will get worse before it gets better.


#4

Yes.

But there will be people who will think nothing of this because they happen to agree with the political agenda of the current administration and Senate majority. Liberty takes a backseat to ideology

Or, you know, it’s just you crazy Tea Party extemist types and your conspiracy theories. :rolleyes:


#5

It is interesting, the newspapers have been defended as having free speech rights but the courts. But broadcasters, don’t really have free speech rights, according to current precedent. Broadcasters are licensing the airwaves from the government, as such they don’t have the rights one would normally associate with the press. Look up the “fairness doctrine,” the FCC repudiated the doctrine the memo explaining they were not gong to enforce the rule anymore, but Red Lion Broadcasting Co. v. FCC upheld the doctrine as constitutional. It is a little unnerving, and worrisome, when you look at the way the newspapers are going, and how the government has the power to regulate the internet like it does TV and radio.


#6

Freedom of the press already ended back when 6 corporations bought the mainstream media, they now control what is news and what is not.


#7

Indeed. I’ve heard the “R” word used more within the last several weeks from people I’ve talked to and through internet outlets than I have in the last several years combined.

Something’s in the air…


#8

:eek:

Electing the GOP is how we got into this mess.


#9

Come again? There hasn’t been a Republican in the White House for the past 5 years. There hasn’t been a Republican majority in the Senate for the past 6. How is the cavalcade of Constitutional violations their fault?


#10

Obama can do no wrong. It is Bush’s fault.

DGB


#11

Correction, Obama can only be criticized by Democrats!


#12

FCC drops plan to survey newsrooms


#13

I’ll watch what they do, not what they say.


#14

Please elaborate.


#15

Will there be secret printing presses hidden in secret rooms? I’ve heard that happened in Europe around 1935 - 1944. Lets see now, yep it was the Nazis under Hitler. Americans shouldn’t even have to smell someone suggesting that happen in the United States!


#16

But there are no communists in the executive branch. Nope.

This idea is a disgusting affront to freedom, and the only leftist to chime in blames the GOP. Typical.

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#17

No Communists? Maybe that is an outdated term, perhaps academic socialists with a
“one payer government”?:bigyikes:


#18

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