Stalin would be proud. And of course the irony here is if you Google this issue you’ll see lots of blog coverage but only a couple of mainstream media organizations reporting are on the fact that the Fed is sending people into newsrooms to pressure them into certain types of news coverage. You see, Obama’s Gestapos have decided they know what news you need to hear. This is just a tad strange considering most newsrooms are already in Obama’s pocket. But give Dear Leader and inch and he’ll take a mile…
The Obama Administration’s Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is poised to place government monitors in newsrooms across the country in an absurdly draconian attempt to intimidate and control the media.
Before you dismiss this assertion as utterly preposterous (we all know how that turned out when the Tea Party complained that it was being targeted by the IRS), this bombshell of an accusation comes from an actual FCC Commissioner.
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai reveals a brand new Obama Administration program that he fears could be used in “pressuring media organizations into covering certain stories.”
As Commissioner Pai explains in the Wall Street Journal:
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 agency 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.
The purpose of the CIN, according to the FCC, is to ferret out information from television and radio broadcasters about “the process by which stories are selected” and how often stations cover “critical information needs,” along with “perceived station bias” and “perceived responsiveness to underserved populations.”
In fact, the FCC is now expanding the bounds of regulatory powers to include newspapers, which it has absolutely no authority over, in its new government monitoring program.
The FCC has apparently already selected eight categories of “critical information” “that it believes local newscasters should cover.”
That’s right, the Obama Administration has developed a formula of what it believes the free press should cover, and it is going to send government monitors into newsrooms across America to stand over the shoulders of the press as they make editorial decisions.
And what has Obamas gestapos decided are the Critical Information Needs? From their “study” report:
And this at The Blaze from Jay Sekulow:
But Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the ACLJ, a conservative legal group, worries it could be used to intimidate certain news organizations into covering issues that government officials feel are important.
“This is an extremely troubling and dangerous development that represents the latest in an ongoing assault on the Constitution by the Obama Administration,” Sekulow said in a statement. “We have seen a corrupt IRS unleashed on conservatives. We have seen an imperial president bypass Congress and change the law with executive orders.”
The FCC only has jurisdiction over the broadcast industry, and not over cable news or print publications. So networks, local stations as well as most radio stations would be subject to the evaluation.
“Now we see the heavy hand of the Obama administration poised to interfere with the First Amendment rights of journalists,” Sekulow continued. “It’s clear that the Obama administration is only interested in utilizing intimidation tactics – at the expense of Americans and the Constitution. The federal government has no place attempting to control the media, using the unconstitutional actions of repressive regimes to squelch free speech.”
Just read your post. I’m speechless.
But isn’t that exactly what the Obama Regime hopes for?
WOW! He and his minions just get scarier every day. Isn’t this a sign of the meltdown that Tammy keeps talking about? I just hope and pray that we all survive until 2017…
It seems there is nothing the lame stream media won’t let him get away with. No one had better mumble a word for fear of retribution from the regime. Just shut up and do it! Wonder how they like their Frankenstein now that its got its hands around their throats.
OBummer is going for broke. Congress is not going to bring him down, so he will trash the place and leave poo in places we have not even looked yet. The stench of DC is rancid in the air.
Just remember the American people voted him in twice! He is doing what he was programed to do by Alinsky, Davis, his grandparents, Ayers, assorted Chicago mafia politicos, and every damn professor he ever had. He is the result of a good American style higher education. We are getting what we paid for.
As Joseph de Maistre said “Every country has the government it deserves.”
Unfortunately, that means we get it too.
Re other side of the coin (gov’t keeping secrets from us), I wish Snowden had not done this; Snowden was the presenter for Oxford U. Sam Adams award for integrity and intelligence to Chelsea Manning. I realize that it’s Oxford’s award and that it benefits Snowden to keep friends, especially in academia, but still…. http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/world/story/snowden-warns-overclassification-danger-democracy-20140220
In related Snowden news; 3 judges of the UK High Court have found that the Heathrow detention of Glenn Greenwald’s partner, David Miranda, was legal. In appropriate name karma, the head of the 3 judge panel is: Lord Justice Laws. So Lord Justice Laws tells Miranda, don’t look to us to protect you. Orwell would have a field day. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/19/david-miranda-detention-lawful-court-glenn-greenwald
Thanks a whole efin bunch to the four million idiots who stayed home last election. You all are the ones who helped put that organizer and his minions back in office. A pox on all your houses.
Wow – What a powerful show (2/19/14). I have listened to the podcast twice already. If ever there was a time to subscribe, now is it!
Think the President was previously giving speeches saying that people have too much information.
If any think history doesn’t repeat, look at Germany, Italy and Japan in the 1930’s. Can’t happen here? Really?
Just in time for the 2014 November Elections!
I can hear Paul Harvey speaking.
I try to be a practicing Christian but I hate these people with the utmost hatred.
We shall overcome.ome.ome. We shall overcome.ome.ome..We shall Overcome…some day-ay.ay.ay.ay!! *_*
Good Byron York Wash. Examiner piece on this. Includes info. that the daughter of Democrat Rep. James Clyburn, Mignon Clyburn, was the acting FCC Chair in 2012 and it appears that she started this. http://washingtonexaminer.com/new-obama-initiative-tramples-first-amendment-protections/article/2544363
Reminder: In Aug. 2013, Rep. Clyburn speaking about the Shirley Sherrod case, compared right wing blogs to Nazi propaganda. http://dailycaller.com/2013/08/22/james-clyburn-likens-right-wing-blogs-to-nazi-propaganda-audio/ Rep. Clyburn has also had several negative statements re Tea Party.
Sad that someone who fought valiantly for civil rights in the 20th century, supports the removal of constitutional rights in the 21st century.
John Fund NRO column concerning how the major Ukraine news service, Inter, lied/mislead on behalf of Yanukovych admin. Young women reporter went on live TV after the snipers shot the protesters and blasted Inter. Don’t have to read the whole column, but strongly recommend you read her powerful statement (indented in the column).