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Why Is The Obama Administration Putting Government Monitors In Newsrooms?

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(Matthew Clark) The Obama Administration’s Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is poised to place government monitors in newsrooms across the country in an absurdly draconian attempt to intimidate and control the media.

Before you dismiss this assertion as utterly preposterous (we all know how that turned out when the Tea Party complained that it was being targeted by the IRS), this bombshell of an accusation comes from an actual FCC Commissioner.

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai reveals a brand new Obama Administration program that he fears could be used in “pressuring media organizations into covering certain stories.”

As Commissioner Pai explains in the Wall Street Journal:

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.”


In fact, the FCC is now expanding the bounds of regulatory powers to include newspapers, which it has absolutely no authority over, in its new government monitoring program.

The FCC has apparently already selected eight categories of “critical information” “that it believes local newscasters should cover.”

That’s right, the Obama Administration has developed a formula of what it believes the free press should cover, and it is going to send government monitors into newsrooms across America to stand over the shoulders of the press as they make editorial decisions.

This poses a monumental danger to constitutionally protected free speech and freedom of the press.

Every major repressive regime of the modern era has begun with an attempt to control and intimidate the press.

As Thomas Jefferson so eloquently said, “our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.”

The federal government has absolutely no business determining what stories should and should not be run, what is critical for the American public and what is not, whether it perceives a bias, and whose interests are and are not being served by the free press.

It’s an unconscionable assault on our free society.

Imagine a government monitor telling Fox News it needed to cover stories in the same way as MSNBC or Al Jazeera.  Imagine an Obama Administration official walking in to the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal and telling it that the American public would be better served if it is stopped reporting on the IRS scandal or maybe that reporting on ObamaCare “glitches” is driving down enrollment.

It’s hard to imaging anything more brazenly Orwellian than government monitors in newsrooms.

Is it any wonder that the U.S. now ranks 46th in the world for freedom of the press?  Reporters Without Boarders called America’s precipitous drop of 13 places in its recent global rankings “one of the most significant declines” in freedom of the press in the world.

Freedom of the press is proudly extolled in the First Amendment, yet our nation now barely makes the top fifty for media freedom.

We cannot allow the unfathomable encroachment on our free speech and freedom of the press to continue.

We’ve seen, and defeated, this kind of attempt to squelch free speech before in the likes of the Fairness Doctrine and the Grassroots Lobbying Bill(incidentally one of my first projects at the ACLJ).  Each one of these euphemistically named government programs is nothing more than an underhanded attempt to circumvent the Constitution and limit free speech – speech that the government finds inconvenient.  They’re equally unconstitutional, and they each must be defeated.

Join the ACLJ as we take a stand.  Sign the ACLJ’s Petition to Stop the Obama FCC’s Free Speech Monitors.

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  • THOMASDISHAW

    Next Executive Order: Cameras In Your Livingroom

    • Thomas

      If you have a T.V. or computer, they already are there.

  • Truman Golden

    Is Obama really doing it? it’s his Zionist masters who abhor any differing opinions.

    • Defiant

      LMAO!

  • Michael

    I hope this is what it takes to cause the media to grow a backbone. I hope they kick those Feds out.

    • atmajnana

      Yours is a futile hope. It is no longer a question of having the backbone of courage. The mainstream media has been part of the problem for decades in this country as it is entirely owned by those who own us, as the late George Carlin used to say. Five or six media giants in this country that constitute the mainstream media disseminate our news to us. They are owned by transnational overseers with a depopulation and rule-the-world agenda. Think you will receive objective, perspective-forming information from them to help you make sense of the world’s perilous, sorry state? Wake up folks. Voting is now a patent joke in a country taken over by the Zionists. (Don’t burn in knee-jerk anger over a perceived anti-Semitic comment. Zionism is not Judaism. There is no religious prejudice in the comment. Even the good Jewish people are finally awakening to how their religion has been hijacked and used to deflect inspection of sinister Zionist aims behind a calculated anti-Semitic backlash against the slightest Zionist accusation. Name another country besides America that has over 70 dual-Israeli citizens working in the highest levels of their government. (Democrat and Republican parties are simply the dog-and-pony show for dumbed-down Americans who think voting matters and not who counts the votes. And watching our country’s 4th Reich, Goebbels-like propaganda TV is having your perceptions managed by those who control you and would be rid of you through 50+ years of technology-perfected weather warfare that is in full operation creating drought and famine in America and throughout the world. Too few have unplugged from the Matrix to create the necessary tipping point to change what has been planned by the Zionists for mankind. Nothing to see here folks. What’s on TV?

    • william mony

      They tried to get in bed with government but soon were shoved out

    • STU STEWART

      Media has plenty of back bone, they broadcast exactly to their own plan.
      They down play certain things with chilling audacity.
      Up play frivolous things with wild abandon.
      You might say, the media has chutzpah galore!

  • jeannonkralj

    The newspapers were taken over by the government in 1917. We wisely stopped buying or reading online mainstream newspapers and we wisely are stopping watching cable and regular television.

    This quote from book by Dr. Stan Monteith, Brotherhood of Darkness.

    On February 9, 1917,
    Congressman Oscar Callaway inserted the following statement in the Congressional Record.

    In March, 1915, the J.P.
    Morgan interests. . . and their subsidiary organizations, got together 12 men
    high up in the newspaper world and employed them to select the most influential
    newspapers in the United States and sufficient number of them to control
    generally the policy of the daily press of the United States. These 12 men worked the problem out by
    selecting 179 newspapers, and then began, by an elimination process, to retain
    only those necessary for the purpose of controlling the general policy of the
    daily press throughout the country. They
    found it was only necessary to purchase the control of 25 of the greatest
    papers. The 25 papers were agreed upon;
    the policy of the papers was bought, to be paid for by the month; an editor was
    furnished for each paper to properly supervise and edit information regarding
    the questions of preparedness, militarism, financial policies, and other things
    of national and international nature considered vital to the interests of the
    purchasers. This contract is in
    existence at the present time, and it accounts for the news columns of the
    daily press of the country being filled with all sorts of preparedness
    arguments. . . .9

    By 1917, J.P. Morgan and his
    associates controlled twenty-five of our most influential newspapers. The atrocity stories were designed to raise
    public support for American entry into World War I.

  • RE HORSE

    Obama has to go one way or another

    • Defiant

      Sadly, the way he’ll go is by finishing his term and doing all the damage he can for the duration.

      • william mony

        Finish his term? You really think he will leave? Idiots in congress are rewriting the law so that Presidents can serve longer. He will declare martial law or rewrite it. I truly doubt he will give up his vacation and golf life.

  • RE HORSE

    Wake up people we are just about ready to have our Constitution totally wiped out by this imposter traitor communist and all his minions. Its time to go after them, talk , letters, and just plain old bitching wont work anymore. so get off the couch and do something.

    • Defiant

      OK…what are YOU doing? I haven’t noticed any impact…

  • dabub

    It’s the night before the Reichstag fire! Only this time it won’t just be a fire. It will be total destruction of the political class. Leaving Marshal law, and just one to rule. The perfect dictatorship!

    • william mony

      You are right. Soon there will be a false flag event and they will blame the first group they want to take out. You won’t recognize American in a year.

      • dabub

        The only group in the way. And they don’t even pretend to be much of an obstacle!

    • Eugene Pariah

      (“Marshal” or “martial” … so many choices, so little time.)

      • dabub

        Sorry, should have double checked.

  • Ricky Ross

    Massive
    surveillance of an entire nation, secret prisons, secret courts, secret
    laws, secret judges, secret police, secret interpretation of laws,
    secret list, secret hearings, secret evidence, militarization of local
    police forces, the largest prison population

    on earth, internal spy drones, millions of internal domestic spies,
    indefinite detention without charge or trial under NDAA, TSA deployed
    onto public streets, DHS purchase of enough ammo to sustain a 25 year
    war, DHS purchase of 9,000 armored check point booths from “Shelters
    Direct” in April 2012, forced purchase of corporate commodities,
    propaganda media, a call for the arrest of
    journalist, eugenics programs, endless wars, etc, etc, etc,

    Putting monitors in news rooms is a natural progression of a parasitical tyranny that is left to feast on a society that does nothing about it.

  • Defiant

    I wish I could share the outrage…but we all know that the Gestapo agents will STAY. For some reason, NOBODY on the right has the grit to stand-up and say NO MORE.

  • Vinny777

    Obamas aim is to get rid of Fox News and this is just the first step !!!!

  • hp b

    Standing room only?
    What with CIA – NSA – FBI – etc., etc,. etc. they will have a hard time finding a chair.

  • Ron Fowler

    And you don’t think this guy is a communist?

  • Badger Badgerism

    YOU PEOPLE DESERVE IT
    YOU WONT FIGHT
    FIGHT DAMN IT

  • Allan Narci

    right because all the editors owned by AIPAC or special interestes don’t already skew the discourse /s

  • Asclepius

    Forget the BC, of which an official raised-seal copy STILL has not been and never will be produced; because it doesn’t exist! A muslim-marxist-homosexual illegal alien who by his own autobiographical admission had foreign citizenship through his biological Kenyan father AND foreign citizenship through his adoptive Indonesian father, was allowed by a complicit and compliant Congress, judiciary and MSM, and by a thoroughly Govt. dependent dumbed-down electorate…to become “president”!! THAT WAS THE BIG LIE! The father of all lies to follow! The LIE mothered by either self-serving greed, political cowardice, fear and racial intimidation! The LIE that drew the line beyond which there is now no return!! A LIE that cannot be fixed as the truth would unravel the false reality of the past six years causing a cultural Armageddon and indict us ALL, for perpetuating the LIE….and permitting it! Turn out the lights…the party’s over!