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Old 02-21-2014, 09:13 AM
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Regardless of your political views, EVERYBODY should be pissed off/scared about this intrusion. TOSIAR

"Unfortunately, the Federal Communications Commission, where I 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 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.
Ajit Pai FCC Commisioner"



Ajit Pai: The FCC Wades Into the Newsroom - WSJ.com

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Old 02-21-2014, 10:05 AM
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The airwaves belong to the people. Radio and tv stations use them under license by the Federal Government.

We expect our food and drug manufacturers to meet certain standards and be truthful about what can be expected if we put them into our bodies. Is expecting truthfulness in our media concerning what goes into our minds unreasonable?
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Old 02-21-2014, 10:35 AM
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What a mess.

The people's airwaves have become the crap kingdom equivalent of slinging crack to profit the man. Much should be done to improve the situation but this probably isn't any. On deeper inspection it will probably prove to be another corporate consolidation using the gov as a vehicle to benefit the few.

Exposing kids to mainstream TV is abusive, unplug.
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Old 02-21-2014, 10:42 AM
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Any intervention is probably bad, but I think there should be stricter definition of what is considered "news". I know FOX is a tabloid station ran by one of the biggest tabloid produces out there, but all the stations have these "opinion" shows that present themselves too much like news. Result is unfortunate brain washing of the mental degenerate.
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Old 02-21-2014, 10:53 AM
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The FCC has no business in ANY news room !
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If you did not know, the air waves were licensed out to the large TV networks more than 50 years ago by the federal government on condition that they provide factual news 1 hour a night every night as a public service. Last I checked that hasn't been happening for a long time. I hope the feds give them hell.
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Old 02-21-2014, 10:58 AM
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As I recall there was a law suit several years back against one (or more) network. The argument of the network in question was that they provide entertainment and as a result they are under no obligation to present the truth. Several other net works wrote amicus briefs to the court on behalf of the net work being sued.

Not sure if this is the right course of action but something should be done.
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Old 02-21-2014, 10:59 AM
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Funny, they chose sunny South Carolina as the test pilot for the program.

I recall the history books where South Carolina thought the oppressive federal government intrusions got to the point where it was time to call it quits and the Palmetto State succeeded on December 20, 1860 and the 2nd American Revolution began, and 10 other states followed.

Let's see how this one pans out ...
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Old 02-21-2014, 11:03 AM
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Should have let them leave.
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Regardless of your political views, EVERYBODY should be pissed off/scared about this intrusion. TOSIAR

"Unfortunately, the Federal Communications Commission, where I 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 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.
Ajit Pai FCC Commisioner"


Ajit Pai: The FCC Wades Into the Newsroom - WSJ.com

There seem to be some responders in this thread that need to read what they are responding to. TX is pointing out something that should be of DIRE concern to any American of any political persuasion.

Of course, there are folks here who totally believe that anything on TV, Radio or Newspaper that they don't agree with MUST be a lie.

Very sad.
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Old 02-21-2014, 11:36 AM
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Here is an excerpt from the story. Pretty scary stuff:

"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 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 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.""
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Old 02-21-2014, 11:58 AM
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They also want to "monitor" cable and newspapers. They have absolutely no right or warrant in anything that does not use the public airwaves. The monitoring of stuff on the public airwaves may be legal, but its still iffy.
Would you approve this monitoring if Ted Cruze was in charge?
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Old 02-21-2014, 12:01 PM
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How about they just do this to PBS/NPR and leave everyone else alone ?
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Old 02-21-2014, 12:09 PM
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HANDS OFF ALL NEWS OUTLETS.....Please recall Mr. Paine:

"He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.

Thomas Paine, Dissertation on First Principles of Government, December 23, 1791


Before you call for the quashing of your enemies, think about yourself. Set **** like this in motion, sooner or later, we will have the Bradberry version of the fire department visiting all of us
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Old 02-21-2014, 12:11 PM
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Hmmm,

How many "public" newspapers or TV or radio stations are there? By "public", I mean owned, operated, and funded by uncle sam ? Exclude Armed Forces Radio. Even NPR is a private entity I believe although rather left leaning since they love the taxpayer dollar. As for "public airways", how could our helpful federal government censor and determine what the public should hear? I know there's not a smidge of corruption in our government, so I guess if the regime censors the news, then only the "truth" will be broadcasted. Hmmmmm .... pretty scarey ...

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