1 year, 1 month ago by Strawman
And now from the same people who brought you Obamacare, Benghazi, the IRS scandal and others, comes FCC OVERSITE—or, as it’s called at the FCC, the Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs (CIN). This new and ingenious way of monitoring the electronic media is, as most leftists in Washington will tell you, much needed and long overdue. “It’s the truth we’re after”, say the FCC. “We’re here to make sure that there’s no bias in the media. We’re here to make sure you, Joe Citizen, aren’t being fed a line of conservative crap. That’s us, that’s the FCC.”
Now, I’ve not spent a lot of time reading up on this, but what I have read leads me to believe this is another in long list of regulations and government overreach by the Obama administration. Citing this media monitoring program (government appointees questioning and job shadowing those in local TV and radio newsrooms around the country) as yet another way to encourage “minority ownership” of TV and radio stations. What? Doesn’t Oprah already have a TV network?
Ajit Pai’s Wall Street Journal article published on the 10th of this month pulls back the curtain and shines some very uncomfortable light on the FCC. (http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304680904579366903828260732)
In the article Pai lays out the scheme to the extent that the reader has to come away feeling that he’s just had a flashback from something written by Aldous Huxley or George Orwell. Bottom line; Obama and his minions want those of us on the right to get our minds right—and the best way to go about it is to knee cap those in the news industry by constipating the process and slowing down both the gathering of and reporting of news at the local level. Again, for the good of the people. You gotta love this guy.
So, the unaccountable now want to insure accountability from the news media who, in the opinion of the unaccountable, MAY have been inserting their own opinions into the stories they deliver---OR DONT' DELIVER--- to the public. Pardon me, but hasn’t this been the business plan of NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC and others for years?
Folks, this is the IRS targeting TEA PARTY groups all over again. This is yet another group of non-elected public officials using their appointed positions to infringe on the rights---not only of the press, but of you, the news consumer. This action, should it move forward, is a direct violation of The First Amendment, which reads:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
By the way, that came from the Constitution. The same document most all Federal officials swear to protect and uphold. But from what I've experienced the past 10 years or so, few elected officials seem to have time to work that in.
Of course, if you like your Constitution you can keep it……right? I'm sure the Obama administration has a suggestion or two of where you can put your Constitution.......