The FCC to “Interrogate” radio, TV and web site owners, editors and reporters to regulate political speech the regime does not like in new probe.
We knew Conservative Talk Radio’s days were numbered because they are one of the very FEW media sources that expose Obama’s MARXIST/STALINIST/FASCIST agenda for what it is.
Clearly Obama has declared war on Conservative Americans From what appeared to be harassment from the IRS targeting Conservative groups is now revealed to be an all out assault on those Americans whom disagree with the Obama agenda. Just yesterday it was reported that media and executives from Insurance companies were warned to ‘be quiet’ about their complaints about ObamaCare.
The government has already passed bills deciding whom they would consider to be a ‘legitimate’ reporter – noting that bloggers do not have 1st Amendment protections of free speech according to their interpretation of ‘statutes’.
Now a Federal probe will start the process to purge news that the Ruling Class in government does not like.
We knew this was coming, they have been telling us all along. Most were simply not listening, or like smokers of 20 years ago – thought the idea of free speech and press being regulated by the government, an absurdity.
Well, now it’s here and being implemented.
For fairness’ sake you understand.
H/T Mark Levin.
The Federal Communications Commission is planning a broad probe of political speech across media platforms, an unprecedented move that raises serious First Amendment concerns.
The FCC’s proposed “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,” which is set to begin a field test in a single market with an eye toward a comprehensive study in 2014, would collect a remarkably wide range of information on demographics, point of view, news topic selection, management style and other factors in news organizations both in and out of the FCC’s traditional purview.
The airwaves regulator would also subject news producers in all media to invasive questioning about their work and content.
A methodology [pdf] worked up by Silver Spring, Maryland-based Social Solutions International (SSI) says that in addition to its general evaluation of news content, the survey will include a “qualitative component” featuring interrogations of news organization owners, management and employees.
Among the questions federal contractors will be asking of private media companies:
For media owners:
“What is the news philosophy of the station?”
For editors, producers and managers:
“Do you have any reporters or editors assigned to topic ‘beats’? If so how many and what are the beats?”
“Who decides which stories are covered?”
…“In this study, the FCC will delve into the editorial discretion of newspapers, web sites and radio and TV stations,”…The FCC will also be probing media such as internet sites and newspapers, over which it has no oversight. The FCC’s justification is that it has a mandate to ensure overall news environments are adequate for consumers who are at risk of being exposed to too few points of view – a questionable proposition in 2013.
To a large degree, the Commission claims to be trying to solve a problem …about excessive “concentration” of media ownership, a concern reflected in SSI’s occult vocabulary of “underserved populations,” “diverse neighborhoods/communities” and “media ecologies.”
What that last paragraph means is an “excessive concentration of ‘White/Conservatives’ having a voice in society. So the Obama FCC is going to go after them, the same way his IRS went after White Conservative groups.
…[The]FCC said it was necessary to “ensure that the critical informational needs of Americans are being met and … advance the goal of diversity, including the promotion of greater women and minority participation in media.”
The Commission has not so far addressed the potential chilling effect of a government interrogation of news producers, nor the potential for abuse of the survey and the information it gathers.
In the last paragraph of a press release on an unrelated topic, the FCC announced last week that it had completed the comment period for the CIN survey and would begin field testing it in one market.
The FCC did not respond to requests for comment.
Contacted in person at an event Tuesday, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel referred The Daily Caller to a legal advisor to “figure out what the questions are,” without listening to any of the questions. The legal advisor referred The Daily Caller’s questions to another FCC official who did not respond.
The venture capital firm of Tom Wheeler, President Obama’s pick for FCC chairman, referred The Daily Caller to the White House’s press office, which did not respond to requests for comment.
Wheeler’s was unanimously confirmed by the Senate late Tuesday. Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz had placed a hold on Wheeler’s nomination over concerns that FCC might impose requirements of the failed DISCLOSE Act, an attempt to legislate around the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United decision. Cruz announced Tuesday evening that he had withdrawn the hold after a meeting at which Wheeler assured him imposing such regulations was “not a priority.”
Wheeler’s view on the CIN survey is not known. Several Commission watchers told The Daily Caller the FCC is waiting for a new chairman to begin work on the 2014 quadrennial review and the CIN survey.