Government spies in newsrooms 4

“Nudging” the nation towards acceptance of unfreedom is the declared plan of the Obama gang.

Now comes an idea of how to “nudge”  Americans towards accepting state-controlled news and comment.

This is from an editorial in Investor’s Business Daily:

The FCC [Federal Communications Commission] has cooked up a plan to place “researchers” in U.S. newsrooms, supposedly to learn all about how editorial decisions are made. …

As if illegal seizures of Associated Press phone records and the shadowy tailing of the mother of a Fox News reporter weren’t menacing enough, the Obama administration is going out of its way to institute a new intrusive surveillance of the press, as if the press wasn’t supine enough.

Ajit Pai, a commissioner with the Federal Communications Commission, warned this week in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that a plan to dispatch researchers into radio, television and even newspaper newsrooms called the “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs” is still going forward, despite the grave danger it presented to the First Amendment.

Pai warned that under the rationale of increasing minority representation in newsrooms, the FCC, which has the power to issue or not issue broadcasting licenses, would dispatch its “researchers” to newsrooms across America to seek their “voluntary” compliance about how news stories are decided, as well as “wade into office politics” looking for angry reporters whose story ideas were rejected as evidence of a shutout of minority views.

Pai questioned if such a study could really be voluntary, given FCC’s conflict of interest (and, he might have added, the Obama record of going after political opponents).

The origin of the idea is a recrudescence of the Fairness Doctrine, inoperative since 1987 or so, to provide equal time to leftist points of view in broadcasting and other media that otherwise wouldn’t have a willing audience in a free market.

It’s an idea so fraught with potential for abuse it ought to have news agencies screaming bloody murder. The very idea of Obama hipsters showing up in newsrooms, asking questions and judging if newspapers (over which they have no jurisdiction), radio and TV are sufficiently diverse is nothing short of thought control.

The FCC now says it will be “closely reviewing the proposed research design to determine if an alternative approach is merited,” as a result of Pai’s warning. Adweek actually reported that as a “retreat.”

It’s because of this don’t-rock-the-boat attitude that Reporters Without Borders said the U.S. had “one of the most significant declines” in press freedom in the world last year, dropping 13 places to a wretched 46th in its newly released global ranking.

If the FCC has its way, it can drop even further.

Could this menacing move wake up the media toadies of the Left at last? Will they now rise in fury against the spreading tyranny of the Obama government?

Seems not –

The reaction from the National Association of Broadcasters was mealy-mouthed. The FCC “should reconsider” “qualitative” sections of its study, it wrote.

So the Fourth Estate will squirm a little and then lie back and think of Cass Sunstein, Saul Alinsky, and – ah! – Barack Obama.

Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer, they’ll keep the Red Flag flying here.

  • donl

    Whatever you want to call them (Fabians, progressives, liberals – once meant conservative – yada yada) they wrote of their tactics…not unlike Hitler’s Mein Kamfp. It is insanity that statements…the idea alone…like this can be made and the public just shrugs and accepts. It is intentionally instilled numbness…sheep to slaughter. Sometimes I’d like to be the one who doesn’t think or care…this Blood Boiling is hard on the body and mind. Impeachment seems too mild…it carries no threat for these slime.

    Oath…it’s become meaningless.

  • Frank

    The socialistic cancer metastasized a long time ago. This is just one more visible symptom before the nation’s demise.

  • liz

    What a disgraceful, disgusting, but completely unsurprising outrage.
    There is no sludge pit too low for these slimy hypocritical snakes to slither into. And the self-deception of their “hipster” groupies never ceases to inspire awe and incredulity!
    What a joke that the leftist viewpoint needs “equal representation” in the press – they’ve had a stranglehold on it for years! But the spoiled brats are so used to having their way that they’re throwing a fit now because their little thought control experiment didn’t quite work out as well as they planned.

    • REALBEING

      But of course….the left needs more and more control over the media THEY already own….newspapers and T.V.!
      To have maximum state control over news content would be the final ‘bomb’ dropped on the population in the war for our minds.

      I mean, someone at MSNBC could accidently slip-up and actually report some dirt on one of Obama’s cabal!

      The left has already tried to peel back some of right-wing talk radio’s powerful grip on the radio nation with a couple of loser personalities here and there, only to watch them suffer a humiliating defeat in the rating wars…not so much at the hands of a Limbaugh, or a Hannity, but the sad truth for the Left is Socialism isn’t real popular amongst the radio listeners of this once great country.

      Most of it’s listeners are fairly well-traveled, well-versed in the ideology of the Marxian policies of the past. They’ve been witness to this aberration at work in Europe.

      We already live in a country steeped in a toxic sludge wrought mostly by the administration we now have festering in Washington.

      By what reason would we want to enhance our experiences of them?