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February 21, 2014 - 4:09 pm

The program to install monitors in America’s newsrooms has been suspended according to Ars Technica. But not killed dead, as it ought to be.

Yesterday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told staff to remove the offending questions, a commission statement today said. The statement noted that the FCC is required to “report to Congress every three years on the barriers that may prevent entrepreneurs and small business from competing in the media marketplace, and pursue policies to eliminate those barriers. To fulfill that obligation in a meaningful way, the FCC’s Office of Communications Business Opportunities consulted with academic researchers in 2012 and selected a contractor to design a study which would inform the FCC’s report to Congress.”

“However, in the course of FCC review and public comment, concerns were raised that some of the questions may not have been appropriate,” the statement continued. “Chairman Wheeler agreed that survey questions in the study directed toward media outlet managers, news directors, and reporters overstepped the bounds of what is required. Last week, Chairman Wheeler informed lawmakers that the Commission has no intention of regulating political or other speech of journalists or broadcasters and would be modifying the draft study. Yesterday, the Chairman directed that those questions be removed entirely.”

So they removed the questions that raised everyone’s alarms. But the project itself is not dead. The FCC says that “the pilot will not be undertaken until a new study design is final.”

Which means that they’re going to wait a while, change a few words around, and try again from another angle.

The evident purpose, reinstating the Orwellian Fairness Doctrine, has just been delayed a bit.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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It is not just the "Fairness Doctrine" but also the inclusion of Zampoliti in every newsroom and to make "unlicensed" news illegal. Note that in the CIN program, the monitors would also have been in print media newsrooms. The FCC has no authority; statutory or by any as yet revealed Executive Decree, over print media. Also, it was admitted that the program was never approved by the Commissioners. So which White House office did it come from?

It is not dead, or even ill. It is lying in wait, biding its time. The Machtergreifung.

Mandy Manners asked what it would take to drive a stake through its heart. Right now, there is no mechanism for Congress to stop anything. There are no Constitutional budgets anymore, just Continuing Resolutions. There is no budget item to cut or zero out. And any bill to try to do it will disappear into the Democrat Senate. The only tool that the House has is impeachment of the President or of his lesser officials. And once again, the Democrat Senate will ignore the law and Constitution to enable Executive rule.

We have accepted rule by decree. The courts are not responsive in any way. And between fraud, collaboration between the Institutionals and the Democrats, and the fact that the Left does not DARE EVER allow the Senate to fall out of their hands for fear of being called to account for their unconstitutional actions [past and continuing]; the concept of real elections this year is really shaky.

Mandy, we are living in a post-Constitutional era. The law is the whim of the Executive. This coming year is going to be ... interesting ... in the Chinese sense. I call it "The year of consequences, when the vultures come home to roost.". If you were male; I would tell you to keep your codpiece buttoned, it is going to be a long year.

Subotai Bahadur
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Well, if they want to police (spy on) entertainment in the effort to create balanced information critical to current identity politics, how about starting with Saturday Night Live? I fondly recall the great skits with Dana Harvey doing the Church Lady. How about a fairness doctrine in comedy? I look forward to the regular skits every Saturday night of ----------(fill in the blank) doing the Mosque Lady in drag. Possible skits could be how to strap on a bomb girdle without having a wardrobe malfunction with a cone head.
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Congress wanted the FCC to "to identify and eliminate "market entry barriers for entrepreneurs and other small businesses inthe provision and ownership of telecommunications services and information services."
The study the FCC commissioned to USC states: "To develop policy that would advance the goal of diversity, including the promotion of greater women and minority participation in media"

How are these two goals related other than a leftist agenda?
22 weeks ago
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If they try to do this again they'll be taken to court and they'll lose. The content of any news organization's broadcast is none of the FCC's business. As long as they comply with the public service announcement requirements their license should be safe.

Frankly the Obama administration has gone off the chain in many ways, and when they get sued over their illegal regulations/actions and get to the Supreme Court they've lost every case 9-0. Well, except for the John Roberts acceptance of the Justice Department's argument that the ACA's individual mandate is a tax, after the President unbelievably attacked the Supreme Court in the media (and in his SOU speech with them present!).
22 weeks ago
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Can I ask a) who will have standing to sue? and b) who will take them to court? This was out for several days before they pretended to pull it back. Not one major media outlet or station gave it any prominent coverage. Not one major media outlet protested in the slightest.

I offer a Sherlock Holmes story by Arthur Conan Doyle, Silver Blaze.

"the curious incident of the dog in the night-time"

The dog did not bark at the intruder, because the intruder was its master.

The media longs to have Zampoliti, because they cannot then accidentally displease their masters.

Subotai Bahadur
22 weeks ago
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The J-Schools they were using to do the "academic research" on this are both heavily funded by Soros. Why isn't Soros at room temperature?
22 weeks ago
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The infusion of cash across the societal spectrum for purposes of influence from that paranoid old man is truly stunning.

This was done years ago. His influence buying is far deeper and widespread and more direct now.

http://antiantiunderground.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/2010_10_17_spiders.jpg
22 weeks ago
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"For now" is right.

Impetus for this move must have come from the executive, as BO in particular and his cronies in general detest the free speech of their detractors.

Extra constitutional agencies like EPA, FCC, IRS may have originally been constrained by their mandate to "regulate" in the sense intended by the use of that word in the Constitution...to make a process smooth and workable. Obama and friends see all of these agencies as tools of enforcement for a very private and personal Agenda.

Schools collaborating in the "study" "...have strong ties to liberal billionaire George Soros' Open Society Foundations and have gotten more than $1.8 million from since 2000."

Which makes all this crap about as objective as colleges and universities getting funds for studying global warming.

http://cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/mike-ciandella/universities-fcc-newsroom-probe-have-close-ties-soros-got-18m-funding#sthash.5sw7YISq.dpuf

22 weeks ago
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When they send out their trial balloons, we always have to man the ramparts otherwise they it will no longer be a trial and be fact.

This is not about Madison avenue testing a new consumer product, this is about law.

What place does a group of people who continually float illegal schemes have in a civil society?

If some person continually trespassed on your property at all times of the year and during holidays and weekends, you would suspect them of having a larcenous heart and wanting to burglar your house. Their denials of being lost would not alleviate your very real fears. Why is this trial balloon situation any better?
22 weeks ago
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What does it say about a political party, a faction, when they continually send out trial balloons on anything and everything over and over?

You might say it is a passive-aggressive way of governing, but nonetheless overall it is aggressive.
22 weeks ago
22 weeks ago Link To Comment
It is not just the "Fairness Doctrine" but also the inclusion of Zampoliti in every newsroom and to make "unlicensed" news illegal. Note that in the CIN program, the monitors would also have been in print media newsrooms. The FCC has no authority; statutory or by any as yet revealed Executive Decree, over print media. Also, it was admitted that the program was never approved by the Commissioners. So which White House office did it come from?

It is not dead, or even ill. It is lying in wait, biding its time. The Machtergreifung.

Mandy Manners asked what it would take to drive a stake through its heart. Right now, there is no mechanism for Congress to stop anything. There are no Constitutional budgets anymore, just Continuing Resolutions. There is no budget item to cut or zero out. And any bill to try to do it will disappear into the Democrat Senate. The only tool that the House has is impeachment of the President or of his lesser officials. And once again, the Democrat Senate will ignore the law and Constitution to enable Executive rule.

We have accepted rule by decree. The courts are not responsive in any way. And between fraud, collaboration between the Institutionals and the Democrats, and the fact that the Left does not DARE EVER allow the Senate to fall out of their hands for fear of being called to account for their unconstitutional actions [past and continuing]; the concept of real elections this year is really shaky.

Mandy, we are living in a post-Constitutional era. The law is the whim of the Executive. This coming year is going to be ... interesting ... in the Chinese sense. I call it "The year of consequences, when the vultures come home to roost.". If you were male; I would tell you to keep your codpiece buttoned, it is going to be a long year.

Subotai Bahadur
22 weeks ago
22 weeks ago Link To Comment
Well, if they want to police (spy on) entertainment in the effort to create balanced information critical to current identity politics, how about starting with Saturday Night Live? I fondly recall the great skits with Dana Harvey doing the Church Lady. How about a fairness doctrine in comedy? I look forward to the regular skits every Saturday night of ----------(fill in the blank) doing the Mosque Lady in drag. Possible skits could be how to strap on a bomb girdle without having a wardrobe malfunction with a cone head.
22 weeks ago
22 weeks ago Link To Comment
Great news. Obama, Jarrett, Podesta and Sunstein have gone from complete totalitarianism to partially delayed totalitarianism.

When I help build the gallows for their treason, I will have to remember to use a delayed trap door, to give them a moment of thanks.
22 weeks ago
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What will it take to drive a stake through its heart? The House threatening to defund the FCC? The Senate refusing to confirm the nominees who will replace two commissioners whose terms expire in 2014 and 2015?
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