We knew this was coming, and it has arrived. An assault via the FCC on bloggers, conservative radio, and any other media that the regime perceives as a threat.There were rumbles of it some years ago, but now, with nothing to lose, the first salvo is launched. Well worth the full read. Here we go:
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.
“In this study, the FCC will delve into the editorial discretion of newspapers, web sites and radio and TV stations,” Hudson Institute Fellow Robert McDowell, who served as a FCC commissioner from 2009 to 2013, told The Daily Caller. “This starts sticking the government’s nose into what has traditionally been privileged and protected ground. Regardless of one’s political stripes, one should be concerned.”
The airwaves regulator would also subject news producers in all media to invasive questioning about their work and content.
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?”
“Have you ever suggested coverage of what you consider a story with critical information for your customers listeners, readers) that was rejected by management?” (Followup questions ask the reporter to speculate on why a particular story was spiked.)
Read more: Daily Caller and document can be found there as well.
UPDATE: You may want to check out FCC Wants to Regulate Internet’s ‘On/Off Ramps,’ Commissioner Says
“When we talk about the Internet and the interaction, we are strictly talking about what we call the on/off ramps,” she said. “We are not talking about content. So we are insuring, what we are attempting to do at the FCC is ensure that every person has an equal engagement, that every single individual when they pay their money or when they sign on line, that they have an equal engagement.