Freedom of the Press? FCC Plan to Place ‘Researchers’ in Newsrooms

Photo Credit: victoriapeckhamFirst 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 Wall Street Journal op-ed that a plan to dispatch researchers into radio, television and even newspaper newsrooms called the “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs” is still going forward, despite the grave danger it presented to the First Amendment.

Pai warned that under the rationale of increasing minority representation in newsrooms, the FCC, which has the power to issue or not issue broadcasting licenses, would dispatch its “researchers” to newsrooms across America to seek their “voluntary” compliance about how news stories are decided, as well as “wade into office politics” looking for angry reporters whose story ideas were rejected as evidence of a shutout of minority views.

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  • James

    Oh crap, we know that the bias of the station owners and the news caster is the reason we no longer have a free press. The citizen know that the reporters are lying thinking it will get them a bigger share of the market which means a bigger salary, so they do whatever the owner wants. We should have never allowed any person of company to own and/ or operate more than one station or paper in any gives section of the country. This would have kept competition in the business and forced more them to report the truth because if they did not, another
    station would.

  • BenDoubleCrossed

    The 1st Amendment does not say unless you assemble as a non-profit, for profit or any other type of organization. If the MSM, non-profits and churches do not stand up and demand a restoration of our 1st Amendment freedoms for all, all will soon lose our freedoms to participate!

    The New York Times has the right to print because it employees people. News anchors have the right to speak because they are people. But the 1st Amendment does not require people own a newspaper or broadcast network to exercise their 1st Amendment rights.

    Campaign laws are abridgements of our individual 1st Amendment rights! The only difference between an editorial, slanted news story and a political ad is who paid for it! Everyone has an opinion and a free society must allow all to speak, to the extent of their ability.

    The press exemption does not limit media corporations. They are free to spill as much ink or broadcast as much as they can afford. Non-profits, for profits and churches who purchase ads in the media should also be exempt! Otherwise citizens and groups are denied equal protection of the law!

    As for the liberals that do not believe corporations should be allowed to participate: campaign laws passed after Watergate require assemblies of like minded citizens to form corporations called PACs and committees to participate in politics. Campaign laws then license and limit these corporations and thereby deny citizens their individual rights!

  • amiciLatinae

    Thank God for Rush, Mark Levin, Glenn Beck, Hannity, and many others who have boldly put themselves in jeopardy to speak the Truth in the United States of America, the formerly freest nation in the World. Someone named Ajit has no legal right to monitor or censure what a US citizen may know or hear or say. American is not Marxist. The US Constitution grants all Americans the right to FREEDOM of SPEECH. Is B.O. pushing for a record number of lawsuits against a sitting Prez, or what? Lord God please hear our cry and send us Your divine help in our time of trouble. Ungodly demons have usurped this government.

    • fatman45

      Unfortunately, those are the ones they are trying to put out of business with this fascist crap!

  • rodulfo-tardo

    Rebirth of the “morale officers” from the Gestapo days?