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Is Obama trying to kill a free press? By Jay Sekulow
« on: February 20, 2014, 11:28:44 AM »
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/02/20/is-obama-trying-to-kill-free-press/print

Is Obama trying to kill a free press?

By Jay Sekulow

Published February 20, 2014

| FoxNews.com

The FCC is launching a new study, taking upon itself the task of deciding what news the public “needs” to hear, versus the news the public wants to hear. The agency will conduct a “General Population Survey” that will “measure community members’ actual and perceived critical information needs.”

Got that? What you think (perceive) you need to know is different from what the government says you need to know.

Next, the FCC will send monitors to newsrooms across the country who will ask questions regarding the “philosophy” of the newsroom, inquire about possible conflicts between reporters and their bosses, and even determine how much influence each individual has in deciding what to report.

Does that kind of government inquiry sound familiar? Are we not less than a year removed from an IRS apology for inquiring about the internal workings of conservative groups?

Last week, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, who believes the government has no role in how a certain story is covered, disclosed in a Wall Street Journal Op-Ed the existence of the new FCC plan that will ostensibly “study” how media organizations report the news.

Here’s Mr. Pai:

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."

The news was jarring, so I downloaded the FCC’s “Research Design” and read it for myself.

What I found was even more disturbing than what Mr. Pai reports.

If radio and television stations resist coughing up confidential employee data (including demographic information) to aid the FCC monitors, the study also (on pages 10 and 11) provides helpful “strategies” for obtaining information -- even when employers and their Human Resources departments refuse to cooperate.

How reassuring that the federal government is devising new ways to violate the privacy of reporters, editors and their employers – all to make sure news outlets are providing Americans with the news the Obama administration says they “need.”

The roadmap to censorship is clear. Expect this study to show that some news organizations are failing to cover the “right” stories – thus failing to give the people what they “need.”

Then, the FCC – which owns the airwaves – will propose to swoop in and fix the “market failure” by making sure that Americans learn what they “need” to learn – regardless of their own preferences.

And what does the FCC prioritize? If its list is any indication, it prioritizes the “environment” far above the “weather,” while war news barely makes the list.

So I suppose when storms are brewing it’s more important that I learn about carbon credits than where a tornado might touch down? And just don’t you worry about what’s happening in our war against jihadists.

Given the Obama administration’s consistent and publicly-expressed loathing for Fox News, expect to see the news lineup the Obama administration says America needs to look a lot more like MSNBC’s nonstop coverage of climate change and “bridgegate” than Fox’s rightful focus on lost American lives in Benghazi.

From its inception, the Obama administration has proven that it’s not only intolerant of critics, but that it will use the full power of an increasingly partisan bureaucracy to intimidate Americans and rein in dissent. The administration turned the IRS on the Tea Party, it unleashed the Department of Justice on wayward reporters, and now the FCC is preparing to snoop into America’s television and radio studios.

In an era of divided government, it’s sometimes difficult to stop Obama administration excess, but this call to action should be easy: Under no circumstances should the House of Representatives allocate even a single dime of taxpayer money to authorize or empower government monitors in any newsroom in America.

The free press is at stake.

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Re: Is Obama trying to kill a free press? By Jay Sekulow
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2014, 11:43:06 AM »
"The Tea Party has a right to feel cheated.

When does the Republican Party, put in the majority by the Tea Party, plan to honor its commitment to halt the growth of the Federal monolith and bring the budget back into balance"?

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Re: Is Obama trying to kill a free press? By Jay Sekulow
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2014, 12:19:36 PM »
What part of freedom of the press does Obama not understand?
NeverTrump wants to deny you YOUR voice, YOUR presidential choice.

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Re: Is Obama trying to kill a free press? By Jay Sekulow
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2014, 12:24:15 PM »
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Is Obama trying to kill a free press?

Hell yes he is!

Next question!

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Re: Is Obama trying to kill a free press? By Jay Sekulow
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2014, 12:29:22 PM »
What part of freedom of the press does Obama not understand?

He understands it.  He just doesn't agree with it.  :chairbang:

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Re: Is Obama trying to kill a free press? By Jay Sekulow
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2014, 09:20:58 PM »
Article title:
[[ Is Obama trying to kill a free press? ]]

Before you kill a free press, you have to HAVE a free press first.

It's been quite some time since we had one.

Most members of the press would gladly trot to the chopping block, carrying the ax, if Obama told them to...

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Re: Is Obama trying to kill a free press? By Jay Sekulow
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2014, 09:28:34 PM »
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[[ Is Obama trying to kill a free press? ]]

Before you kill a free press, you have to HAVE a free press first.

It's been quite some time since we had one.

Most members of the press would gladly trot to the chopping block, carrying the ax, if Obama told them to...

That's right.

This is a way to instill fear in the troops.  To intimidate.  And to go after Conservative media.
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Re: Is Obama trying to kill a free press? By Jay Sekulow
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2014, 09:35:32 AM »
People cannot be captive and educated at the same time, something the "Constitutional scholar" understands perfectly.
"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim tribute to patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness -- these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. . . . reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles."
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Re: Is Obama trying to kill a free press? By Jay Sekulow
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2014, 12:54:49 PM »
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[[ Is Obama trying to kill a free press? ]]

Before you kill a free press, you have to HAVE a free press first.

It's been quite some time since we had one.

Most members of the press would gladly trot to the chopping block, carrying the ax, if Obama told them to...

Exactly so all's he has to do is monitor the super evil Fox News from speaking of phony scandals.
« Last Edit: February 21, 2014, 12:55:30 PM by Gazoo »
"The Tea Party has a right to feel cheated.

When does the Republican Party, put in the majority by the Tea Party, plan to honor its commitment to halt the growth of the Federal monolith and bring the budget back into balance"?

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Re: Is Obama trying to kill a free press? By Jay Sekulow
« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2014, 01:01:24 PM »
People cannot be captive and educated at the same time, something the "Constitutional scholar" understands perfectly.

Brother you said a mouth full!

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe that they are free."

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Re: Is Obama trying to kill a free press? By Jay Sekulow
« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2014, 04:11:13 PM »
Brother you said a mouth full!

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe that they are free."

 Johann Goethe

Also in that category are those who believe they are educated when they are indoctrinated, which is exactly what is happening in the schools and media.  Those people are about as knowledgeable as a jackass with books on his back.
« Last Edit: February 22, 2014, 04:11:57 PM by rangerrebew »
"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim tribute to patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness -- these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. . . . reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles."
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Re: Is Obama trying to kill a free press? By Jay Sekulow
« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2014, 07:50:58 PM »
Also in that category are those who believe they are educated when they are indoctrinated, which is exactly what is happening in the schools and media.  Those people are about as knowledgeable as a jackass with books on his back.

 :amen:  :amen: and  :amen:

I wonder if you know just how true that is!

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Re: Is Obama trying to kill a free press? By Jay Sekulow
« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2014, 08:01:13 PM »
I've been watching NBC for the Olympics this afternoon - was working so didn't change channel during news... Lester Holt did a special on Stalin (shock not) and the interesting thing about the report was a recent poll in Putin's Russia is Russians are now starting to think Stalin was a pretty great guy.

And to get to the topic of education the report said today in Russian schools there is a lot of debate about Stalin and a lot of parsing history. Sound familiar?
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Re: Is Obama trying to kill a free press? By Jay Sekulow
« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2014, 08:05:06 PM »
I've been watching NBC for the Olympics this afternoon - was working so didn't change channel during news... Lester Holt did a special on Stalin (shock not) and the interesting thing about the report was a recent poll in Putin's Russia is Russians are now starting to think Stalin was a pretty great guy.

And to get to the topic of education the report said today in Russian schools there is a lot of debate about Stalin and a lot of parsing history. Sound familiar?

Very!


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