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FCC: No intent to muzzle press
« on: February 20, 2014, 03:04:56 PM »
http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/198799-fcc-no-intention-of-regulating-journalism

February 20, 2014, 11:06 am
FCC: No intent to muzzle press

By Julian Hattem

The Federal Communications Commission is trying to reassure House Republicans it has no plans to restrict the freedom of the press.

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.”

Wheeler defended new FCC research as the first step toward pinpointing “market barriers” that might affect the “diversity of media voices.”

Republicans expressed concern the FCC's study was an attempt "to control the political speech of journalists” by reviving the Fairness Doctrine, now-extinct rules that required radio and TV broadcasters to air opposing viewpoints on major issues.

Ajit Pai, a Republican commissioner at the FCC, raised alarms about the study.

In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal last week, Pai said the effort would “thrust the federal government into newsrooms across the country.”

The FCC killed the Fairness Doctrine in 1987 and formally erased it from the books in 2011.

The agency's new study will focus on how “critical information needs” are reported.

In a field test scheduled this spring, the FCC is planning to ask journalists and station owners in Columbia, S.C., about their philosophy for covering the news and the way they select stories.

In his op-ed, Pai worried broadcast journalists would feel pressured to participate, since they depend on the FCC’s licenses to operate.

House Republicans weren’t entirely soothed by Wheeler’s letter.

In a statement, Energy and Commerce Chairmen Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), head of the Communications and Technology subcommittee, said “it is imperative that the FCC ensure that any study, with any agents acting on its behalf, stays out of newsrooms.”

“The courts have rightfully struck down the Fairness Doctrine, and any attempt to revive it, through study or any other means, should not be attempted by the FCC or any other government agency.”

The FCC is required by law to study ways to eliminate barriers that may prevent some outlets from getting off the ground.

Studies in the past have looked at the history of broadcast license applications and the way minority and women-owned companies participate in spectrum auctions, among other issues.

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Re: FCC: No intent to muzzle press
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2014, 04:06:29 PM »
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Wheeler defended new FCC research as the first step toward pinpointing “market barriers” that might affect the “diversity of media voices.”

Yeah otay.
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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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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2014, 04:11:44 PM »
I thought....how satisfying it would be to picture him waking up to find a thoroughbred's head in this bed.






....then I realize he probably wouldn't even notice it.
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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2014, 04:14:12 PM »
I thought....how satisfying it would be to picture him waking up to find a thoroughbred's head in this bed.






....then I realize he probably wouldn't even notice it.

I am wondering if the guy that leaked this from the FCC did.
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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2014, 04:15:38 PM »
I am wondering if the guy that leaked this from the FCC did.

Exactly!   :patriot:
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Re: FCC: No intent to muzzle press
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2014, 04:33:58 PM »
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We have a term down her in Texas that applies to such as this!

We just say "Horse shit" and move on!

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« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2014, 04:43:39 PM »


Studies show that a MARKED parked police cruiser will affect traffic speed.

Camel/tent.
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« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2014, 05:12:32 PM »
We have a term down her in Texas that applies to such as this!

We just say "Horse shit" and move on!

Yep.

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« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2014, 05:23:06 PM »
The media will stand by and accept this, because they know that the real scrutiny will be reserved for right leaning outlets.

I don't think it will happen again in my lifetime, but if a conservative is somehow elected to the presidency, the tears from the left leaning media over this and all the other abuses they've allowed to be put in place, will be delicious.

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« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2014, 05:25:00 PM »
The media will stand by and accept this, because they know that the real scrutiny will be reserved for right leaning outlets.

I don't think it will happen again in my lifetime, but if a conservative is somehow elected to the presidency, the tears from the left leaning media over this and all the other abuses they've allowed to be put in place, will be delicious.

The MSM would never let a conservative be if they even remotely tried some of the things the one has done.  Look how they treated GWB.

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« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2014, 05:38:10 PM »
And this isn't just a squirrel running around in the backyard....this is very serious.

So......where is the outrage by seated GOP leadership?  I don't see them complaining anywhere.
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« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2014, 05:43:40 PM »
And this isn't just a squirrel running around in the backyard....this is very serious.

So......where is the outrage by seated GOP leadership?  I don't see them complaining anywhere.

I know some of our members disagree, but I think the GOP leadership is as anxious as the progressives to shut up conservative news. Like Beck said on his program this afternoon, this would chill his own staff meetings because a lot of the people who give them info want to remain unknown and if the government was sitting in on his staff meetings none of their informants would give them the information they currently receive.. and he said a lot of media will not say a word because this voluntary isn't so voluntary - what is means is you say no - they say okay and then your FCC license isn't renewed next time.
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« Reply #12 on: February 20, 2014, 05:47:10 PM »
I know some of our members disagree, but I think the GOP leadership is as anxious as the progressives to shut up conservative news. Like Beck said on his program this afternoon, this would chill his own staff meetings because a lot of the people who give them info want to remain unknown and if the government was sitting in on his staff meetings none of their informants would give them the information they currently receive.. and he said a lot of media will not say a word because this voluntary isn't so voluntary - what is means is you say no - they say okay and then your FCC license isn't renewed next time.

Come on......they're Americans 1st.....they're Republicans 2nd....and they're not going to put up with having the federal government watching over your shoulder how you report and how your meetings are conducted.

Anybody that can fog a mirror can see that their goal is to intimidate and silence....one way or another....opposing POVs.

And if they do....it's past time to lock and load.
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« Reply #13 on: February 20, 2014, 05:56:29 PM »
Come on......they're Americans 1st.....they're Republicans 2nd....and they're not going to put up with having the federal government watching over your shoulder how you report and how your meetings are conducted.

I disagree. They are self interested above all. Being a Republican is a path to improving their circumstances, so they are Republican far and away above being American.

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Re: FCC: No intent to muzzle press
« Reply #14 on: February 20, 2014, 06:44:35 PM »
And this isn't just a squirrel running around in the backyard....this is very serious.

So......where is the outrage by seated GOP leadership?  I don't see them complaining anywhere.

Great question.  I hope they're not as dizzy as I am from all this crap.
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Re: FCC: No intent to muzzle press
« Reply #15 on: February 21, 2014, 08:57:35 AM »
I guess the media can keep their news the way they want it, sort of like keeping your own insurance if you like it.  My big question is has Obama read about this in the papers yet? :whistle:
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« Reply #16 on: February 21, 2014, 09:04:48 AM »
Informative segment from On The Record on this topic:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynMOqirrutA" target="_blank" class="aeva_link bbc_link new_win">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynMOqirrutA</a>

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« Reply #17 on: February 21, 2014, 11:53:53 AM »
Come on......they're Americans 1st.....they're Republicans 2nd....and they're not going to put up with having the federal government watching over your shoulder how you report and how your meetings are conducted.

I really wonder at times just where their loyalties lie.  Seems most, both sides of the isle, are politicians first, then party, then Americans.  A very sad state of affairs.

And if they do....it's past time to lock and load.

My boss called and asked if I have watched when they passed the health care fiasco and what my thoughts were.  Told him I had and since I didn't have my wife to take care of anymore, my children were both grown and gone, and the government had basically destroyed the construction industry, there wasn't much else to do but start another revolution.
Had dead silence on the other end of the phone for a bit.  It's past time.

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« Reply #18 on: February 21, 2014, 12:16:04 PM »
I really wonder at times just where their loyalties lie.  Seems most, both sides of the isle, are politicians first, then party, then Americans. 

Americans by birth but not necessarily by loyalty.
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« Reply #19 on: February 21, 2014, 12:21:22 PM »
Americans by birth but not necessarily by loyalty.

I wonder if they would actually claim it if they weren't in front of an audience?

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« Reply #20 on: February 21, 2014, 12:30:45 PM »
I wonder if they would actually claim it if they weren't in front of an audience?

I'll bet they are more like muslims who claim no loyalty to a homeland, only the religion they worship, and the only religion these politicians worship is power.
Abraham Lincoln:

There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law.
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Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. And not to Democrats alone do I make this appeal, but to all who love these
great and true principles.
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Let us then turn this government back into the channel in which the framers of the Constitution originally placed it.
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« Reply #21 on: February 21, 2014, 12:33:11 PM »
I'll bet they are more like muslims who claim no loyalty to a homeland, only the religion they worship, and the only religion these politicians worship is power.

Yep.

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Re: FCC: No intent to muzzle press
« Reply #22 on: February 21, 2014, 12:34:35 PM »
Come on......they're Americans 1st.....they're Republicans 2nd....and they're not going to put up with having the federal government watching over your shoulder how you report and how your meetings are conducted.

Anybody that can fog a mirror can see that their goal is to intimidate and silence....one way or another....opposing POVs.

And if they do....it's past time to lock and load.

I think they are afraid of Obama and are backed into a corner. I think they are moderate liberals that use PC and are afraid of being called old white racists but I don't think they want conservative media shut-down. That is going too far. If so, like you said we will be there with pitchforks.
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Re: FCC: No intent to muzzle press
« Reply #23 on: February 21, 2014, 01:05:01 PM »
I know some of our members disagree, but I think the GOP leadership is as anxious as the progressives to shut up conservative news. Like Beck said on his program this afternoon, this would chill his own staff meetings because a lot of the people who give them info want to remain unknown and if the government was sitting in on his staff meetings none of their informants would give them the information they currently receive.. and he said a lot of media will not say a word because this voluntary isn't so voluntary - what is means is you say no - they say okay and then your FCC license isn't renewed next time.

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Re: FCC: No intent to muzzle press
« Reply #24 on: February 21, 2014, 10:27:27 PM »
Article title:
[[ FCC: No intent to muzzle press ]]

Why would the [Obama-controlled] FCC want to "muzzle" the press?

The "mainstream press", by and large, is leftist, pro-Obama, pro-socialism. Not a whole lotta diversity spewing from the media megaphone.

Nope. That ain't what this was supposed to be about.
But if not that, what?

The goal was to put into place a structure of monitoring -- and intimidation -- to ensure that the press could never again swing back into the "mainstream".

The ship of "the press" is already moored on the left side of the river.
This was about putting an anchor around it so that it could never again break free.

Edit:
Perhaps the Obammunists are trying to erect a Potemkin-style framework.

That is to say, although monitors would be placed in ALL news agencies, the vast majority of them (in the leftist media outlets) would be only "for show".

They would provide cover for the monitors in the -conservative- news organizations, who would be there to crack the whip and apply the full pressure of the left...
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