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FCC Monitors Your News, Komrade

Pravda editors chorus: "This is how we do it!"

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Susan L.M. Goldberg

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February 20, 2014 - 4:49 pm
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Image from the agitprop stock at the brilliant People’s Cube.

On Thursday, Glenn Beck declared:

“Ask yourself the question: Why isn’t anyone talking about this? This is one of the most disturbing stories I have ever heard in my entire broadcast career,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “The FCC has now decided that they need to monitor the newsrooms. They need to figure out how story selection works in the newsroom.”

The renegade broadcaster’s vitriol comes in response to a Fox News story (covered by PJ Tatler’s Bryan Preston) on the Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs (CIN) proposed by the FCC last May that was supposed to commence this week in Columbia, South Carolina:

 The FCC explained that it wanted information from television and radio broadcasters “to ascertain the process by which stories are selected, station priorities (for content production quality, and populations served), perceived station bias, perceived percent of news dedicated to each of the eight CIN’s and perceived responsiveness to underserved populations.”

The FCC has identified eight CINs, or key topics that the government believes should be covered.

According to the actual FCC report, the eight CINs are:

1. emergencies and risks, both immediate and long term;
2. health and welfare, including specifically local health information as well as group
specific health information where it exists;
3. education, including the quality of local schools and choices available to parents;
4. transportation, including available alternatives, costs, and schedules;
5. economic opportunities, including job information, job training, and small business
assistance;
6. the environment, including air and water quality and access to recreation;
7. civic information, including the availability of civic institutions and opportunities to
associate with others;
8. political information, including information about candidates at all relevant levels of local governance, and about relevant public policy initiatives affecting communities and neighborhoods.

It is a story so bizarrely ridden with bureaucratic newspeak that it reads like a spoof from the pages of The People’s Cube. If only we were so lucky.

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, who first raised awareness of the CINs in the Wall Street Journal, warned:

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.

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 CIN study include newspapers when the FCC has no authority to regulate print media?

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The proper way to handle this would be for any FCC handler that shows up to be the lead story for the TV station that night and every night -- along with the news staff leading the listeners in a pledge to Obama every night. . . .

In the absence of any response from Liberals, it must be assumed that they whole-heartedly approve of this action. . .


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The Obama administration is a dictatorship and there is no doubt that every agendcy of this government is going after their political opponents. The EPA, Intertior, IRS, ATF, HHS, Homeland Security, Justice Department, NSA, FBI and now the FCC. I call on John Marble Mouth Boehner to cut the budgets of each of these agencies by 50%. Do we or do we not have the so-called power of the purse. These agencies are attacking the American people and we need to be defended. So defend us.
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"...and perceived responsiveness to underserved populations.”

There's the lever they will use to act. I imagine all the major outlets will pass any tests, only certain companies like Fox News, WSJ, etc. will show "concern" that they are ignoring underserved populations and thus action will be required by the FCC or administration in "correcting" them. It's a way for the Admin to prove that they are right in going after news outlets that are not cooperative. Otherwise it will look like revenge - "underserved populations" is just a cover.
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The proper way to handle this would be for any FCC handler that shows up to be the lead story for the TV station that night and every night -- along with the news staff leading the listeners in a pledge to Obama every night. . . .

In the absence of any response from Liberals, it must be assumed that they whole-heartedly approve of this action. . .


39 weeks ago
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Approve?!!!!It's their baby,their pride&joy.F*ckin' brazen scum.
BTW-this SHOULD put the kibosh on use of the term"liberal"for filth like them.Let's call them what they are-Nazis,fasciststurdflies,etc.
39 weeks ago
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This all sounds like another Red-Green initiative. See http://clarespark.com/2011/04/14/darwin-and-the-climate-change-debate-the-greens-have-it/. The Left is very proud of its infiltration of the environmentalist movement, that has wide appeal.
39 weeks ago
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Simple...this is designed to either

a) control what is said about "phony scandals" without "a smidgeon of corruption" so that the WH can dismiss it

b) focus on saying OTHER things in the news to divert the attention of the American public FROM those "phony scandals"

It's about CONTROLLING the message folks, open your eyes and THINK...
39 weeks ago
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The latest Progressive Dog Whistle. "...and perceived responsiveness to underserved populations.”
I would say the most underserved population are TEA Party Patriots, but saying that publicly would get you audited.
We are looking at a soft-kill dictatorship.
I believe we are a lot closer to Venezuela and Ukraine than most people are willing to admit.
39 weeks ago
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Recently Pelosi mentioned the need for some limits to the First Amendment. Schumer and other leftists recently encouraged the IRS to "investigate" conservative groups. Recently the left sought to establish criteria to define who could be an approved "journalist" as opposed to a mere "blogger." On going actions label critics of Obama as racists, critics of homosexuals as homophobic, critics if Islam Islamophobic, gun owners and veterans have been labeled "domestic terrorists. Now the regime has suggested "monitors in news rooms. We have Csars in the regime, why not commissars? Why not political officers in military units? Why not "monitor" citizen comments on web sites, read emails and listen to telephone calls? We are now replicating East Germany. Wow! Learn to love Big Brother!
39 weeks ago
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where are all the pro-free speech and diversity flag-waving liberals on this? Their relative silence is telling.
39 weeks ago
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That's because they don't really exist! I'm serious.
Speech codes on campus - from the left
Non-liberal orthodox views on campus - non-existent and actively discriminated against by the left
Hate - far more from the left than from the right
Tolerance - they will tolerate you as long as you believe like them

Seriously, there is nothing liberal about today's liberals except they are liberal with other peoples' money and are smug in the self-assurance that they are morally superior and more compassionate.
39 weeks ago
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Apparently the Executive Branch is not powerful enough, so news outlets must produce propaganda for the various departments.

Note the issues that are not included, issues that should be of importance to every informed citizen:

Governmental corruption at all levels.

Misuse of taxpayer money at all levels of government.

Overreach of government at all levels.

Unconstitutional actions of government at all levels.

Unreasonable bureaucratic regulations at all levels of government.

This is not about encouraging informed citizens, this is about crating a better-controlled populous.
39 weeks ago
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Amazing!! For years I have read, listened and watched CA, CO, CN,MA, pass legislation restricting second amendment rights and although some news media has mentioned these acts of heresy the only ones that gave strong opinions against such travesty were organizations such as the NRA.
I ask you, do you truly believe that arbitrarily destroying the second amendment that freedom of speech and the press would not be far behind,
39 weeks ago
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The entire purpose of the FCC since its inception is to "regulate" -- that is, censor -- radio and television broadcasts. That they haven't used it -- yet -- for censorship has been a "lucky" break, though obviously the winds of (hope and) change are blowing.

This is what happens when private property isn't private.
39 weeks ago
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"The entire purpose of the FCC since its inception is to "regulate" -- that is, censor -- radio and television broadcasts. "

Um, no. It was created to manage technical issues, and there is a real need for that function. (Which is why I support a Constitutional Amendment authorizing such.)

It has certainly run amok since then, as government agencies are wont to do, but the original purpose was good.



39 weeks ago
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Did the FCC plan to go ahead with this initiative or was it voted down? To get read for real authoritarian statism see http://clarespark.com/2010/08/14/index-to-blogs-on-hitlers-view-of-the-jewish-mind-2/, especially the last three blogs that I have reformatted. They are clear, scholarly, and quote from the sources. You will be amazed.
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