Our Voices Arkansas

The Voices of Grassroots Conservatives Across Arkansas

Feb 20, 2014

A Game Changer:
What Free Press?

It took only a few days in the sunshine –the FCC has decided to drop the idea of sending “monitors” into newsrooms to oversee our free press.  Once the story broke on a national level last week, the FCC changed its mind about this blatant infringement on free press. That is very good news, but…....

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updatedIt took only a few days in the sunshine –the FCC has decided to drop the idea of sending “monitors” into newsrooms to oversee our free press.  Once the story broke on a national level last week, the FCC changed its mind about this blatant infringement on free press.

That is very good news, but…. we must keep a vigilant watch on the FCC.  We all know they will just try another way to accomplish their goals, and they will be even more determined to stay under the radar when they do so.

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News organizations often disagree about what Americans need to know.

MSNBC, for example, apparently believes that traffic in Fort Lee, N.J., is the crisis of our time.  Fox News, on the other hand, chooses to cover the September 2012 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi more heavily than other networks.

The American people, for their part, disagree about what they want to watch.

But everyone should agree on this:  The government has no place pressuring media organizations into covering certain stories.

Unfortunately, the Federal Communications Commission, where I (Ajit Pai) am a commissioner, does not agree.  Last May the FCC proposed an initiative to thrust the federal government into newsrooms across the country.

With its “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,” or CIN, the FCC plans to send researchers to grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run.  A field test in Columbia, S.C., is scheduled to begin this spring….(read the rest from Wall Street Journal here)

Folks, the danger here is so self-evident we are speechless with disbelief.  A free press is only the latest piece of the Bill of Rights that’s been totally shredded as this Obama Administration continues to steadily go about “fundamentally transforming” our country into something none of us recognize!

Every broadcast station (radio, tv, all of them) must renew its license every 8 years, and that renewal period is coming up.  Is it really such a stretch — given all that’s happened so far under Obama — to think the FCC wouldn’t use this “study information” to punish those broadcasters that do not follow their idea of what people need to see and hear?

Contact your Representatives and Senators NOW — let them know you expect them to stop this infringement on our free press!

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