This past week a long-existing pernicious problem finally broke through to wider attention – thanks in large part to a two-weeks-ago editorial by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Ajit Pai.
Why is the agency studying ‘perceived station bias’ and asking about coverage choices?
An excellent question – what with the First Amendment saying what it says.
Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of…the press.…
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.
Outstanding. Actually, the President Barack Obama FCC telegraphed just this sort of thing when it in 2009 hired as their inaugural “Chief Diversity Officer” a man by the name of Mark Lloyd.
• Opposes virtually any private ownership of media.
• Disciple of Saul Alinsky’s tactics for revolutionary social change.
• Was a senior fellow at John Podesta’s Center for American Progress.
• Served as a consultant to…George Soros’s Open Society Institute.…
And let’s not forget President Obama’s Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan – who in 1996 wrote:
In which she said that “redistribution of speech” is not “itself an illegitimate end” for government. Thank goodness she’s the last line of First Amendment defense.
Thankfully, the broader attention paid to the FCC’s egregious newsroom overreach led to this:
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler – a recent President Obama appointee – seems to have missed the point. From his official statement announcing the towel-in-throwing:
Chairman Wheeler agreed that survey questions in the study directed toward media outlet managers, news directors, and reporters overstepped the bounds of what is required.
What is required – by the Constitution – is that the government do absolutely nothing with anything having to do with the media.
This fiasco certainly sounds familiar.
These fiascos sound familiar.
You think the FCC newsroom invasion would have been fair and balanced?
You think the FCC is finished with their project?
Obama isn’t talking about it, but his administration might restrain the activities of advocacy groups, including ones the IRS targeted last year.
When the FCC in 2007 imposed Network Neutrality, this happened:
Did that stop them? Of course not.
Which led to this last month:
Did THAT stop them? Of course not. Just last week, we had this:
“(T)he ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.”
How very Hugo Chavez of them.
Given what the government’s doing with the IRS – and what it is already trying to do with the FCC – this is not a difficult question to answer.
Net Neutrality is an assault on the private sector to effect an ideological outcome. It is a free market problem – that soon begets a free speech problem.
Which is why the Left is so insistent on its illegal imposition.
Which is why we cannot allow them to do it.