Kurtz: What is the FCC thinking?

posted at 2:01 pm on February 20, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

The better question is this — why should the FCC care what editors at TV stations and especially newspapers are thinking?  More than a week ago, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai blew the whistle on the commission’s proposed study of editorial bias in news rooms, even though the FCC has no jurisdiction on broadcast news content, and no jurisdiction whatsoever on newspapers. Fox News began covering this yesterday:

Howard Kurtz writes today that the FCC doesn’t belong in the newsroom anywhere:

I know that television stations are licensed in the public interest. It’s fair for the FCC to examine how much news a station offers, as opposed to lucrative game shows and syndicated reruns. But the content of that news ought to be off-limits.

The Fairness Doctrine, which once required TV and radio stations to offer equal time for opposing points of view, is no more, and good riddance (since it discouraged stations from taking a stand on much of anything). The Obama administration swears it’s not coming back.

How, then, to explain this incursion into the substance of journalism, which seems utterly at odds with the notion of a free and unfettered press?

Now some of the commentary about this is overheated, with talk of an FCC “thought police” and so on. The effort is beginning in a single city. But already there are signs that the commission is backing off.

Adweek reports that “controversial” sections of the study will be “revisited” under new chairman Tom Wheeler. An FCC official told the publication that the agency “has no intention of interfering in the coverage and editorial choices that journalists make. We’re closely reviewing the proposed research design to determine if an alternative approach is merited.”

The FCC should keep its alternative approaches to itself, as even the posing of these questions carries an intimidation factor. The government has no business meddling in how journalism is practiced. And if George W. Bush’s FCC had tried this, it would be a front-page story.

Just how overheated is that kind of talk, though? It’s difficult to determine any other reason for the FCC to take an interest in editorial decisions unless it wants to intervene in that process. It’s not all that outrageous to believe that the only reason a federal agency wants to conduct a study of an area over which it has no authority or jurisdiction is to craft an argument to get that authority and jurisdiction, especially if it can claim a crisis exists. And the only reason why the government would want to control editorial choice is to make sure it benefits government.

The study design is available online, by the way, and it’s impressive for the depth in which the FCC intends to probe editorial choice. The purpose of the study, according to its authors, is “to identify and understand the critical information needs (CINs) of the American public (with special emphasis on
vulnerable/disadvantaged populations).” This assumes that the American public can’t identify their own “CINs” and find ways to service them in a historically-diverse and dynamic media environment, of course, which is flatly laughable.

The study would involve interviews at all kinds of outlets — newspapers and Internet included, even though they are outside of FCC jurisdiction — in order to determine whether the FCC sees a CIN crisis. What are the purposes of the interviews with media owners, editors, reporters, and others?

The purpose of these interviews is to ascertain the process by which stories are selected, station priorities (for content, production quality, and populations served), perceived station bias, perceived percent of news dedicated to each of the eight CINs, and perceived responsiveness to underserved populations.

The FCC will judge media outlets individually and in groups based on their own perception of critical “CINs” rather than allow consumers to figure that out for themselves.  One of these is “employment information”:

The Critical Review of the Literature established a set of necessary thresholds in each of the eight categories, many of which have both an objective and individual component. For example, in a given community, are there channels for emergency communication that can reach the entire population? If not, who is excluded, for what reasons, under what conditions? Is there a sufficiently robust market in employment information, in print, online or other?

Who determined that “employment information” was one of the Big Eight CINs in the first place? What kind of “employment information” interests the FCC? We have want ads, Monster.com, Craigslist, and most employers have websites with hiring needs listings. If companies want to hire, they’ll determine their own CINs, and people who need jobs will find them. Or does the FCC want to go after coverage of employment information — like, say, jobless rates, workforce participation, and the like?

The answers show just how far outside of the FCC’s jurisdiction this goes. Here are the questions for station owners and HR:

• What is the news philosophy of the station?
• Who is your target audience?
• How do you define critical information that the community needs?
• How do you ensure the community gets this critical information?
• How much does community input influence news coverage decisions?
• What are the demographics of the news management staff (HR)?
• What are the demographics of the on air staff (HR)?
• What are the demographics of the news production staff (HR)?

Not one of these questions fall within the aegis of the FCC, except arguably the community reception of information — and that only for broadcasters. The questions get more intrusive for editors and mid-level managers:

• What is the news philosophy of the station?
• Who else in your market provides news?
• Who are your main competitors?
• How much news does your station (stations) air every day?
• Is the news produced in-house or is it provided by an outside source?
• Do you employ news people?
• How many reporters and editors do you employ?
• Do you have any reporters or editors assigned to topic “beats”? If so how many and what
are the beats?
• Who decides which stories are covered?
• How much influence do reporters and anchors have in deciding which stories to cover?
• How much does community input influence news coverage decisions?
• How do you define critical information that the community needs?
• How do you ensure the community gets this critical information?

When one looks at the actual study commissioned by the FCC, it’s difficult to laugh off the “thought police” aspects of it. That’s especially true with the surfeit of demographic questions that belong more to the EEOC’s jurisdiction, and the stated focus of “perceived responsiveness to underserved populations,” in an era of exploding choice and demographic targeting by media. One can see the “crisis” the FCC will want to solve a mile off.  It’s pretty obvious what the FCC is thinking.

The Anchoress clarifies matters for Kurtz:

“What are they thinking?” Mr. Kurtz, it’s pretty obvious; they’re thinking no one in the mainstream press has asked them a difficult or challenging question in 7 years, so why would they start now.

  • They’re thinking an obsequious press that couldn’t be bothered to sustain outrage over intrusions into its own phone and internet records won’t have a problem with the government parking itself into the newsroom.
  • They’re thinking that if the mainstream press could forgive them for considering espionage charges against a member of the press — for doing what reporters are supposed to do — and then re-commence their habitual boot-licking, there is no real risk of media folk suddenly calling out a “red line”, or even being able to identify one.
  • They’re figuring that with this president, the mainstream media has no idea what “a bridge too far” might mean. Nor, “abuse of power”; nor “cover-up”; nor “mendacity”,“incompetence”“ineptitude” or “constitutional illiteracy.”
  • They know that half the people in the newsroom are either married or to (or social buddies with) influential members of this government, and that everyone is all comfy and nicely settled in for the revolution.
  • They know that the press willfully surrendered its own freedoms some time ago, in the interests of ideology, and so they really won’t mind a little editorial supervision from the masters:

. . .we no longer need wonder why the mainstream media seems unconcerned about possible attacks on our first amendment rights to freedom of religion and the exercise thereof. They have already cheerfully, willfully surrendered the freedom of the press to the altar of the preferred narrative. People willing to dissolve their own freedoms so cheaply have no interest in anyone else’s freedom, either.

  • They know that if they like their newsroom, they can keep their newsroom, once it has been correctly updated. A Mad Man might sell the scheme as Prexy-Clean. Journalism “new and improved with powerful cleansing agents!”

I hope that helps, Mr. Kurtz.

They’re thinking that no one’s paying any attention. And so far, for the most part, they’ve been correct.

Update: I fixed a formatting error in The Anchoress’ excerpt. Also, my friend Warner Todd Huston sent up the first signal flare on this issue in November, so be sure to read that post, too.


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Goebbels is soooo happy.

Schadenfreude on February 20, 2014 at 2:02 PM

“None of your damn business” — Greta VanSusteren

Where are the leftist fascist thugs on this?

Schadenfreude on February 20, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Rush has been talking about this today, too. But man, the story has been out there since November. Why are they only now just noticing it? I wrote about it on Nov. 4 and I thought I was late to the story then!

Warner Todd Huston on February 20, 2014 at 2:05 PM

The gov’t listens to reporters’ and their families’ conversations.

The gov’t fools with the CBS’s Atkisson computers.

The gov’t wants to imprison and investigates reporters who say things Holder/obama don’t like.

Now this.

RT and Pravda laugh their thuggish azzes off at you.

Fox was all over this yesterday, all day long. Where are the other stations?

Were Kurtz not at Fox, what would he’d have said?

This is SOOOOO important that every still free person s/b worried, alas. Sheeple deserve to be slaughtered.

Schadenfreude on February 20, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Warner Todd Huston on February 20, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Indeed, indeed. It might be too late some day and then all will say “what happened?”

Schadenfreude on February 20, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Make a book of all these “executive decisions”, and when a conservative is in the White House, open the book and say “Here we go, now I am going to do the same thing”…and listen to the wailing.

right2bright on February 20, 2014 at 2:07 PM

“We’re closely reviewing the proposed research design to determine if an alternative approach is merited.”

Hey FCC! Here’s a suggestion for an alternate approach:

GET THE HELL OUT OF NEWSROOMS AND STAY OUT. FOREVER.

Good Lt on February 20, 2014 at 2:08 PM

I switched from D to R in 2006 after Harry Reid threatened to revoke Disney’s FCC license after he saw the original script of ABC’s The Path to 9/11.

http://hotair.com/archives/2006/09/07/thugs-for-life-dems-threaten-abcs-broadcast-license-over-path-to-911/

cbenoistd on February 20, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Howard Kurtz now racist teabagger.

Ward Cleaver on February 20, 2014 at 2:09 PM

• What is the news philosophy of the station?
• Who else in your market provides news?
• Who are your main competitors?
• How much news does your station (stations) air every day?
• Is the news produced in-house or is it provided by an outside source?
• Do you employ news people?
• How many reporters and editors do you employ?
• Do you have any reporters or editors assigned to topic “beats”? If so how many and what
are the beats?
• Who decides which stories are covered?
• How much influence do reporters and anchors have in deciding which stories to cover?
• How much does community input influence news coverage decisions?
• How do you define critical information that the community needs?
• How do you ensure the community gets this critical information?

If I’m the editor, every single one of these questions is answered thusly:

NOT OF YOUR GODDAMNED BUSINESS.

Problem with that? Talk to our station lawyers.

Good Lt on February 20, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Kurtz: What is the FCC thinking?

Mr Kurtz, the FCC is thinking that if they do not protect their new Marxist Coup, it might accidentally be toppled by the very same people who enabled it in the first place.

oscarwilde on February 20, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Nixon only DISCUSSED having the IRS go after his political enemies and it was one of the Articles of Impeachment charges against him. He never actually did it.

Obama HAS HAD the IRS go after “enemies of the Regime”. And not a whimper out of the media.

ConstantineXI on February 20, 2014 at 2:12 PM

NOT OF YOUR GODDAMNED BUSINESS.

*NONE

lol

Good Lt on February 20, 2014 at 2:14 PM

“But already there are signs that the commission is backing off.”

Fool.

rrpjr on February 20, 2014 at 2:15 PM

But already there are signs that the commission is backing off.

They’ll back off, but the message has been sent. And if not complied with, they’ll come back with it and it’ll seem reasonable because we’ve already heard it.

rbj on February 20, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Revolution’s coming. Dems are evil fascist scum.

WhatSlushfund on February 20, 2014 at 2:16 PM

I’m sure John Boehner will do something about this right away.

Something like giving Obama a blank check to do this and more as Boehner forces congress to do nothing against this lawless President.

maddmatt on February 20, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Oh, please. These JournoListers are totally fine with the FCC monitoring FAUX NOO$E!!!@ or certain cat-lovin’, Eeyore-Bloggers… just not themselves, the media fluffer class elite.

Jeddite on February 20, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Fascists

gwelf on February 20, 2014 at 2:22 PM

“Nice little newsroom you got here. Be a shame if anything happened to it. We’re here to help you stay in business.”

otlset on February 20, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Obama and the Dems hate Fox News. They want to shut it down. That is all.

neyney on February 20, 2014 at 2:23 PM

So, a Christmas theme is totally promoting government support of religion, but the government trying to smooth the playing field is sorta ok, because, shut up.

TimothyJ on February 20, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Not to worry. As long as all news organizations sign a self-attestation certifying that no decisions are based on disparaging left wing policies, they’ll be fine.

Fenris on February 20, 2014 at 2:25 PM

libfree picked one helluva day to quit propping up the regime.

gwelf on February 20, 2014 at 2:25 PM

State Controlled Media.

Pravda, Tass, etc. coming to America.

Bitter Clinger on February 20, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Welcome to the light cbe :)

cmsinaz on February 20, 2014 at 2:27 PM

It is very disturbing that even with a supine eunuch palace guard media the left still feels like they don’t have enough control.

When you have the president blaming Faux News and Rush Limbaugh you know you’re dealing with people who don’t want ANY opposition or push back.

gwelf on February 20, 2014 at 2:27 PM

How can I pay attention when Pussy Riot’s getting beaten by Cossacks?

Viator on February 20, 2014 at 2:27 PM

How can I pay attention when P**** Riot’s getting horse whipped by Cossacks?

Viator on February 20, 2014 at 2:28 PM

JUST SAY NO!

evie1949 on February 20, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Designed to shut down Fox News Affiliates & Talk Radio.

workingclass artist on February 20, 2014 at 2:29 PM

I don’t think writing this on Fox counts. Didn’t he say something sexist or racist which made him persona non grata? Has he been drummed out of the corp? I only wish Fox would QUIT GIVING THESE PEOPLE A SOFT LANDING!!!

djl130 on February 20, 2014 at 2:29 PM

libfree picked one helluva day to quit propping up the regime.

gwelf on February 20, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Technically, it didn’t quit propping up the regime. It just quit.

Chicken $hit that it was.

bigmacdaddy on February 20, 2014 at 2:29 PM

hasn’t he been drummed out of the corp – darn it!!!

djl130 on February 20, 2014 at 2:30 PM

What is the FCC thinking?

Yoda Bammy to FCC: “Do. or do not There is no try thinking.”

The FCC and all other Federal agencies instructions from the WH: “Do not think. Do not ask. Do only what you Imperial Prez orders.”

hawkeye54 on February 20, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Designed to shut down Fox News Affiliates & Talk Radio.

workingclass artist on February 20, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Yup…..Big Brother Bammy will be watching and listening. Or at least his people will be.

“1984″
- 30 years too early.

hawkeye54 on February 20, 2014 at 2:32 PM

A lot of this is more than just talk radio and Fox News.

Obama doesn’t think even MSLSD is fawning enough. He thinks CBS, ABC, and CNN are too tough on him. That’s why he cut photographers out,making them use staff produced propaganda photos instead.

If Obama had his way the media would only report what his staff WROTE as well.

ConstantineXI on February 20, 2014 at 2:33 PM

The silence from the MSM is deafening!

D-fusit on February 20, 2014 at 2:34 PM

The FCC must be using trick questions. I keep getting the same answer for each one: Go to Hell

Redblack on February 20, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Breaking: NBC gets the first waiver issued by the FCC….

d1carter on February 20, 2014 at 2:36 PM

But have they told the FCC to take a hike or bowed down?

I knew they were thinking of a way to rebrand the Fairness Doctrine but had not heard of what it was. Did I miss earlier reports? I watch FOX and other news sources (not LSM) quite often but had not seen this before this week.

TerryW on February 20, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Media reactions:

IRS auditing conservatives? Yawn!

IRS harassing Tea Party groups? Yawn!

Fast and Furious? Yawn!

Benghazi? Yawn!

The FCC coming into news rooms? YOU CAN’T DO THAT! 1ST AMENDMENT RIGHTS – FREEDOM OF THE PRESS! THIS IS THE STUFF POLICE STATES DO! ABSOLUTELY NOT! WE HAVE TO HAVE OUR JOURNALISTIC FREEDOMS!

In short: It is all a matter of who’s ox is being gored!

r27cj on February 20, 2014 at 2:40 PM

State Controlled Media.

Pravda, Tass, etc. coming to America.

Bitter Clinger on February 20, 2014 at 2:25 PM

…it’s here NOW!

KOOLAID2 on February 20, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Old joke, related to the HA headline:

Why do dogs like their privates? Because they can.

King B on February 20, 2014 at 2:44 PM

•This, from the administration who’s DEA sent untracked guns to Mexico in order to subvert the 2nd Amendment.
•From the administration who’s FBI wiretapped a journalist for a right-leaning news organization.
•This from an administration who’s IRS purposefully prevented right-leaning non-profits from taking part in the political process leading up to a general election.
•From the same organization who’s NSA has been collecting metadata on every cell call and email they can get their hands on, regardless of its origin or destination.
•This from the administration that [likely] illegally appointed members to the NLRB during a Senate recess in an effort to negate the one opposition voice.
•From the administration which used the SOTU address to publicly admit they had no intention of working with Congress on anything that might require compromise from their side.
•And from the administration that has lawlessly rewritten their own signature achievement in an effort to mitigate the political damage its causing to their agenda and the likelihood of holding the Senate.

But there’s no need to believe this wouldn’t be applied fairly or that politics would come into play. Nope. Not at all.

BKeyser on February 20, 2014 at 2:46 PM

I’ll tell ya what they’re thinking, Howie. They’re thinking that you useful idiots have become less useful. You’ve done your job. You installed a marxist regime. So they’re done with you. If only you had had something from history to tell you this is how it goes with marxists.

Rational Thought on February 20, 2014 at 2:48 PM

I imagine the purpose was to inimidate. Walk into the newsroom once in awhile to show who’s boss.

crankyoldlady on February 20, 2014 at 2:48 PM

And have now gone back and read that November article. I now remember the headline but was busy and didn’t follow up. The whole purpose of the study is control by means of an end around through other regulations. A more ‘sophisticated’ Fairness Doctrine.

TerryW on February 20, 2014 at 2:49 PM

These local, state and federal alphabet agencies are bad news. The majority of them need to be abolished, the rest need to be pared down significantly.

The only hope I see for liberty is a calamitous financial crash on a scale the world has never before seen. Stupid only teaches when it hurts. There is currently an excess amount of greed, recklessness and stupidity on the political market. The pain and misery that will result will thin out the ranks of the looters, moochers, and demagogues.

Hopefully after the rebuilding process, it will take another 200 years to destroy the nation again.

Exninja on February 20, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Do the Feds ask these questions of PBS?

Chris Field on February 20, 2014 at 2:55 PM

What is the FCC thinking?

The blowback to WH and FCC needs to stink so bad it makes their eyes burn.

petefrt on February 20, 2014 at 2:56 PM

So they got the questions from the IRS targeting the Tea Party and reworded them a bit. What’s everyone so concerned about?

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UnderstandingisPower on February 20, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Funny how most of the media doesn’t give dam about the gubmint intruding on the Constitutional rights of us peons, but try gettin into their knickers and THEN they get concerned.

dentarthurdent on February 20, 2014 at 3:08 PM

“Obama is a good man.” – Bill O’Reily

Seven Percent Solution on February 20, 2014 at 3:08 PM

This is why the next Republican President has got to do more than just fix the economy. They are going to have to re-institute respect for the constitution and the rule of law!

Every government agency should have mandatory training… from the top to the bottom on the rule of law and the constitutional rights of American citizens! Every bureaucrat and government employee.. whether they mop the floors or run the office needs to be required to undergo mandatory training on the religious freedom, freedom of speech, property rights and the right to political opinions and every other freedom in the bill of rights!

Also.. we need to pass a law holding every bureaucrat personally legally responsible should they obey or give an illegal order!

This can not be a one time training! We’ve got people working in the offices.. nameless and faceless who probably don’t even know what the law is..all they know is obey their superiors or get fired.

The government requires all kinds of mandatory trainings and this is one that should be at the top of the list! Liberals exploit ignorance and the best defense here is to start training and reminding all government employees of American’s constitutional freedoms and the penalties for violating them…. regardless of who is President!

JellyToast on February 20, 2014 at 3:10 PM

“Obama is a good man.” – Bill O’Reily

Seven Percent Solution on February 20, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Well, it all depends on what “good” means. I mean, in some ways, Reggie Love would completely agree.

hawkeye54 on February 20, 2014 at 3:12 PM

State Controlled Media.
Pravda, Tass, etc. coming to America.

Bitter Clinger on February 20, 2014 at 2:25 PM

What’s really sad is Pravda is now more trustworthy than our own MSM.

But now that some of the MSM has published stories that make the 0bamessiah look bad, it’s time to install soviet style political officers in the media to ensure they report correctly….

dentarthurdent on February 20, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Kurtz: What is the FCC thinking?

Arbeit mach Frei with a side order of Auschwitz and a cherry on top?

viking01 on February 20, 2014 at 3:16 PM

s/b macht

viking01 on February 20, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Attacking the First Amendment? Check
Attacking the Second Amendment? Check

Pretty good chance that they are fascists, then.

Micah68 on February 20, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Saw the Nov article and had been watching for more on it, have been thinking a lot of this was predicated on them having stricter gun control limits already in place and since that didn’t happen they may have hold off on this. But they will, at some point, do a full court press (heh heh) to implement it.
The Piers Morgan types in this country would do well to remember the second protects their first..

dmacleo on February 20, 2014 at 3:21 PM

The generally ignorant American citizens will yawn at this story…it’s what the government is counting on…

PatriotRider on February 20, 2014 at 3:27 PM

But the primaries are coming later this year and then the midterms so we’re OK. I’ll just comment on blogs until then and really show em how pissed I am. I just have to remember that the primaries and midterms are right around the corner so I don’t want to do anything foolish like join tens of thousands of people in the streets. Time to go to the mailbox and get my new mailer from Tea Party Patriots asking me for another donation. Oh and by the way did I say I’m really pissed?

Jackson on February 20, 2014 at 3:28 PM

They’re thinking that no one’s paying any attention. And so far, for the most part, they’ve been correct.

It’s not just that — it’s that they believe even if those same journalists are paying attention, they think that the FCC’s actions would only be directed a those who deserve to have their work monitored, like Fox News or talk radio (even though the former is only under limited prevue of the FCC, when it uses Fox network affiliates’ airwaves).

jon1979 on February 20, 2014 at 3:42 PM

“If George W. Bush’s FCC had tried this, it would be a front-page story.”

A nearly criminal understatement.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 20, 2014 at 3:47 PM

I’m starting to feel like I’m in Stalinist Russia.

sadatoni on February 20, 2014 at 3:48 PM

I’m starting to feel like I’m in Stalinist Russia.

sadatoni on February 20, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Da komrade… You like cold weather? We have place for you….

dentarthurdent on February 20, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Rush has been talking about this today, too. But man, the story has been out there since November. Why are they only now just noticing it? I wrote about it on Nov. 4 and I thought I was late to the story then!

Warner Todd Huston on February 20, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Rush is predicting that the liberal networks will support it, and I believe he is right. They are completely confident that there will not be a Republican in the White House, or if there is that he or she will strike this down.

An FCC political officer in MSNBC would end up being a source, feeding hot NSA wiretaps to liberal networks, while the PO in Fox News would be dictating to them which stories to cover.

Welcome to the REB’s Amerika, comrade.

slickwillie2001 on February 20, 2014 at 3:53 PM

It’s no wonder that the US is now ranked 46th in the world for freedom of the press.

itsnotaboutme on February 20, 2014 at 4:07 PM

FCC – Fascist Communist Conspirators. MSNBC loves this. FOX, et al, gets silenced, while they get fed the Party Line as a ‘special’ favor to proselytize for The One’s socialist agenda. The 10th Amendment is, essentially, gone. The 1st is under assault. It looks like the Left is attacking the Bill of Rights from the edges and working inward. By the time they get to the 5th, they will all have used it to its illogical end…

vnvet on February 20, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Troll free. Shocka!

Kataklysmic on February 20, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Arbeit macht Frei with a side order of Auschwitz and a cherry on top?

viking01 on February 20, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Actually this regime does not believe in Arbeit at all.

“Kraft haette der König Frei gemacht” is closer.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on February 20, 2014 at 4:16 PM

“If George W. Bush’s FCC [enter any agency name here]
had tried this half of the highjinx of the Obummer admin,
it would be a front-page story.”

Indeed.

KS Rex on February 20, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Embrace the Suck….

crosshugger on February 20, 2014 at 4:41 PM

From Townhall:

Failing Liberals Turn To Oppression To Hold On To Power
Their traditional intimidation tactics are wearing out. Calling someone a “racist” used to be a devastating moral indictment. Liberals’ promiscuous employment of the word first turned it into a cliché and then into an ironic punchline.

So now liberals have stepped up to formal governmental repression. Take the IRS scandal – or ex-scandal, in the eyes of the mainstream media. The Obama administration, at the urging of red state Democrat senators who are about to lose their seats because of their track records of failure, are doing everything they can to turn the taxman loose on the organizations that are pointing out their track records of failure.

Sure, the liberals come up with excuses, with justifications, with rationales for this prima facie oppression. But understand that the left was never against political repression. The left is only against being repressed itself.

Liberalism has to muzzle the truth because it operates on lies. It is built on lies, fueled by lies, and creates an empire of lies.

Look at the Obamacare scam. Liberals don’t even blink at the fact that its foundational premise that if you liked your health care, you could keep it, was a lie. They’re not even offended by the lie. They’re offended that we point out that it was a lie.

Now the same people who got us into this mess are telling us we should go along and trust them to fix the same damn problem that they created in the first place. Liberals are the Lucys of American politics, holding the football and promising that this time it’ll be different. We need to stop being the Charlie Browns.
http://townhall.com/columnists/kurtsc

DinaRehn on February 20, 2014 at 4:55 PM

This is a logical step in transforming America into a totalitarian police state. Will anybody in the media care about this? Some will, most probably will not. Most on the left will probably just deny the implications of this – and will claim it is some “right-wing conspiracy.”

TarheelBen on February 20, 2014 at 4:57 PM

This is a logical step in transforming America into a totalitarian police state. Will anybody in the media care about this? Some will, most probably will not. Most on the left will probably just deny the implications of this – and will claim it is some “right-wing conspiracy.”

TarheelBen on February 20, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Those on the national socialist left already telegraphed Twittered their true intentions:

‘Bye, Rush!’: Salon sings praises of nationalized media in a socialist USA
When Salon runs a piece called, “Let’s nationalize Fox News: Imagining a very different media,” know that Fox News is being thrown out as red meat for the Salon readership; writer Fred Jerome envisions a world without any corporate media, so say goodbye to the New York Times and Wall Street Journal as well as Rush Limbaugh. What will be left in their place? Jerome writes:

In a socialist society a portion of the media would be reserved for news disseminated by the democratically elected governing bodies, that is, working people elected by and for working people.

http://twitchy.com/2014/01/18/bye-rush-salon-sings-praises-of-nationalized-media-in-a-socialist-usa/

DinaRehn on February 20, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Designed to shut down Fox News Affiliates & Talk Radio.

workingclass artist on February 20, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Maybe not. Imagine the furor if Fox News got shut down by the feds because FN told the feds to stuff it. The feds would have to shut down the Internet, and then it would hit the fan.

HiJack on February 20, 2014 at 5:10 PM

They want to revoke licenses and give them to other people they hand select.

Fleuries on February 20, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Fluke the gnatbrain, royally, then pour lemon juice on her.

Advocates promote the project with Obama-esque rhetoric. “This study begins the charting of a course to a more effective delivery of necessary information to all citizens,” said FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn in 2012. Clyburn, daughter of powerful House Democratic Rep. James Clyburn, was appointed to the FCC by President Obama and served as acting chair for part of last year. The FCC, Clyburn said, “must emphatically insist that we leave no American behind when it comes to meeting the needs of those in varied and vibrant communities of our nation — be they native born, immigrant, disabled, non-English speaking, low-income, or other.” (The FCC decided to test the program with a trial run in Ms. Clyburn’s home state, South Carolina.)

Schadenfreude on February 20, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Remember, too: John Boehner and the rest of the GOP Establishment is quietly supporting the IRS bullying and persecution of the TEA Parties, effectively standing hand-in-hand with the Obama Regime because it suits their purpose as well. The Cocktail Party GOP will sell out your constitutional rights if it helps them stay in power. There is no other logical reason for Boehner not to have appointed a special prosecutor, especially when the Department of (In)Justice put a major Obama donor/bundler in charge of the investigation.

You and your rights DO NOT MATTER to them.

pdigaudio on February 20, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Statists are statists.

CWchangedhisNicagain on February 20, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Liberals exploit ignorance and the best defense here is to start training and reminding all government employees of American’s constitutional freedoms and the penalties for violating them…. regardless of who is President!

JellyToast on February 20, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Who is going to train them? Most haven’t been taught about the constitution. They would have to hunt for someone who has actually heard of it.

crankyoldlady on February 20, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Jim Clyburn named his daughter “Mignon” and Barry appointed her to the FCC. You can’t make this stuff up.

cosifantutte on February 20, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Guess whose chairing the FCC committee?

Jim Cryburn’s daughter!

“Clyburn, daughter of powerful House Democratic Rep. James Clyburn, was appointed to the FCC by President Obama and served as acting chair for part of last year. The FCC, Clyburn said, “must emphatically insist that we leave no American behind when it comes to meeting the needs of those in varied and vibrant communities of our nation — be they native born, immigrant, disabled, non-English speaking, low-income, or other.” (The FCC decided to test the program with a trial run in Ms. Clyburn’s home state, South Caro

wyntre9 on February 20, 2014 at 6:49 PM

How, then, to explain this incursion into the substance of journalism, which seems utterly at odds with the notion of a free and unfettered press?

How to explain? Rush Limbaugh and Fox News.

EVERYONE is NOT in the tank for King Barack. Time they towed the line for Dear Leader.

GarandFan on February 20, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Charles Lane said on FNC’s Special Report just now that the contractor selected to pull off this FCC ‘monitoring’ project has no experience in news/journalism/media, but is more of a drug abuse/social welfare consulting firm. Smells like cronyism to me. Check for connections to Obama, Clyburn, etc.

Krauthammer said tomorrow,TOMORROW, the House should stipulate that zero dollars of the FCC budget will be allowed to fund this outrageous assault on free speech, free press.

It’s getting a little scarey.

Greta is on the story like white on Rice. Go, Greta!

petefrt on February 20, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Greta is absolutely correct: HEADS NEED TO ROLL OVER THIS.

petefrt on February 20, 2014 at 7:10 PM

State Controlled Media.

Pravda, Tass, etc. coming to America.

Bitter Clinger on February 20, 2014 at 2:25 PM

As others have said, it’s here already and it’s all over but the assigning of the name to it.

I listened to Rush talking about this today. He’s correct in that most “journalists” (MSNBC, et. al.) are so intermarried with the Obama Administration that they will be only too happy to comply, even if it’s “voluntary.”

As for everyone else, it should be the same as the Obamacare mandate: I will not comply.

PatriotGal2257 on February 20, 2014 at 7:24 PM

DinaRehn on February 20, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Thanks for the link. Love Kurt Schlichter’s stuff.

PatriotGal2257 on February 20, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Bwahahahahahah

The Beatings Will Continue Until Moral Improves

roflmmfao

donabernathy on February 20, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Charles Lane said on FNC’s Special Report just now that the contractor selected to pull off this FCC ‘monitoring’ project has no experience in news/journalism/media, but is more of a drug abuse/social welfare consulting firm. Smells like cronyism to me. Check for connections to Obama, Clyburn, etc.

petefrt on February 20, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Same way the Obamacare project was done.
So, the surveillance system won’t work like it’s “supposed to” (a plus); but it will foul up the workings of every media outlet (a minus and semi-plus, because the LSM only thinks it will be excepted: cf. the Dems whining “I wanted healthcare for everyone, but I didn’t think I would have to pay for it); it will work just well enough (by threat and intimidation) to throw the next round (decade? century?) of elections to the Dems (a definite minus).

Totally un-Constitutional, of course, but what difference, at this point, does that make?

AesopFan on February 20, 2014 at 9:01 PM

defund it. watch clyburn dance but defund it anyway. don’t let ‘em in the door.

gracie on February 20, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Same way the Obamacare project was done.

AesopFan on February 20, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Exactly. Probably cronyism. But regardless, it’s totally inept.

petefrt on February 20, 2014 at 10:00 PM

The fact that only Republicans sent a letter to the FCC Commissioner regarding this tells you everything you need to know about the Democrats.

schmuck281 on February 20, 2014 at 11:58 PM

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