Barack Obama has spent virtually all of his Presidency whining about Fox News.
He’s decided that he’s mad as hell and he’s not going to take it any more. So he apparently has directed the FCC to install “monitors” in newsrooms across the country. And it’s not just TV. Watch:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKc5Q0GBhtE
They’ll be on the lookout for “perceived station bias.” Howard Kurtz:
What on earth is the FCC thinking?
The last thing we need is the government mucking around with news content.
The title of this Big Brother-ish effort by the Federal Communications Commission sounds innocuous enough: “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs.” But it’s a Trojan horse that puts federal officials in the newsroom, precisely where they shouldn’t be.
Don’t take my word for it. The FCC says it wants to examine “the process by which stories are selected,” as well as “perceived station bias” and “perceived responsiveness to underserved populations.”
Perceived station bias? Are you kidding me? Government bureaucrats are going to decide whether a newsroom is being fair?
Keep in mind that the commission has the power to renew or reject broadcast television licenses. During Watergate, Richard Nixon’s FCC challenged two TV licenses of stations owned by the Washington Post. So mere information gathering can become a little more serious, given that enormous clout.
As FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai notes in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, the commission “plans to ask station managers, news directors, journalists, television anchors and on-air reporters to tell the government about their ‘news philosophy’ and how the station ensures that the community gets critical information.” The first test is slated for this spring in Columbia, S.C.
This is not going over well with conservative politicians:
Cavender was unsparing in his criticism of what he called an “ill-conceived study.” He said that regardless of the agency’s motives, “even the concept of a study like this is enough to chill every journalist and every station which prides itself on journalistic independence.
“Why does the FCC need this information and what possible use can it be to the regulatory body that impacts every broadcast station in this country? We think it’s clearly an overreach by the Commission,” he said. “… The FCC should scrap the entire idea and leave any concerns about news coverage to the professionals in the newsroom — not the regulators in Washington.”
At least one Progressive Congressional candidate has asked the FCC to regulate Fox News specifically:
On Monday, Mike Dickinson, a progressive Democrat running against Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., claimed on Twitter that Fox News lies and suggested the FCC monitor and regulate the cable network, Twitchy reported.
“Fox News does nothing but tell lies and mistruths. They have unqualified political analysts. We need FCC to monitor and regulate them,” he said.
“Fox News is basically a opinion channel. It’s there (sic) view of events. It’s not news. They lie and distort everything to fit their opinion,” he added.
Dickinson vented about Fox News for some time, attacking Sean Hannity and claiming the network lies. As usual, he did not provide any examples when challenged on the subject, nor did he say how, specifically, the FCC should monitor or regulate the speech on the network.
The FCC Chairman denies that they are trying to muzzle the media:
In a letter released Thursday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told Republican leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee his commission “has no intention of regulating political or other speech of journalists or broadcasters.”
but then he added:
Wheeler defended new FCC research as the first step toward pinpointing “market barriers” that might affect the “diversity of media voices.”
And you know immediately that he’s lying. DrJohn’s Law applies not only to Obama, but to his entire wretched regime.
They roll off the tongue:
You can keep your plan no matter what.
You can keep your doctor no matter what.
You will save $2500 per family.
I am against the personal mandate.
The stimulus will be shovel ready.
My administration will the most transparent in history.
No more spying on innocent Americans.
You can file this assurance in the same bucket of bullshit. This is the first step in shutting down Fox News.