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HELLRAZOR

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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 5:50:46 AM

FCC Commissioner Warns of Agency’s Plan to Monitor Newsrooms
An FCC commissioner is warning people about an agency study that would bring government monitors into newsrooms and inspect issues like the amount of time spent on the “critical information needs” of Americans in news content.
There are also a number of questions that they pose in the study to news managers and staffers, including the following:
•What is the news philosophy of the station?
•How do you define critical information that the community needs?
•Who decides which stories are covered?
•Have you ever suggested coverage of what you consider a story with critical information for your customers (viewers, listeners, readers) that was rejected by management?
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rumbleseat
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2014 6:46:49 PM

Service66 says: "Ok, so the Canucks have no problem with gov't monitoring of newsroom decision-making - including print publications which they have no authority to regulate - but there'e no good excuse or reason for trying it."

That is a pretty stupid thing to imply, I said nothing of the sort.
I did comment that the FCC does surveys every few years, and that is easily verified as truth.
And I also commented that backlash has cancelled plans for this survey, that we know is also the truth.
But, I guess all that is left once the subject of discussion is cancelled, is to go personal.

[Edited by: rumbleseat at 2/25/2014 6:48:58 PM EST]
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Service66
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 8:25:37 AM


Ok, so the Canucks have no problem with gov't monitoring of newsroom decision-making - including print publications which they have no authority to regulate - but there'e no good excuse or reason for trying it.

>>Let's not let a minor thing such as cancellation of the study stop anyone from raising an uproar.

It was cancelled (for now) because of the backlash. Same with the DHS' attempt to build a national license plate database for tracking.

>>I'm surprised all the conservative Republicans aren't cheering this to high heaven. Such a study would prove valuable evidence that their claims of left-wing media bias are indeed true.

While that's evident now it's amusing to think that a lefty bureaucracy already overstepping its bounds would come to an honest conclusion on that front.

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rumbleseat
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2014 8:51:18 PM

A - it was a survey, something the FCC does every few years.
B - this years questions created a sky-is-falling reaction.
C - MOST IMORTANT, IT WAS CANCELLED.

In 2010, they studied "Broadband Adoption & Use in America".
For some strange reason, people didn't seem to think it was an attempt to control the internet.
In 2007, they studied "Media Ownership". For some strange reason, people didn't seem to think it was an attempt to take ownership of the media.
In 2004, they studied rock radio stations and the complaints of indecency on the airwaves.

In the grand tradition of not letting facts get in the way of a good rant in GasBuddy forums, this thread will stumble on in ridiculous fashion for some time with expressions of faux indignation over something that isn't happening.

[Edited by: rumbleseat at 2/23/2014 8:52:08 PM EST]
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HELLRAZOR
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2014 8:45:59 PM

I think both sides( right & left) should be upset about the FCC's plan.
Everyone (Left & Right) should be able to express their opinion regardless of their political views.
" 'I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"
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nraacct
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2014 8:01:15 PM

Government monitors in the newsroom smells like censorship. Even if they cannot directly control what is broadcast, their mere presence can affect what media outlets show in order to avoid possible conflicts which could result in yanking their broadcast licenses.
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2014 11:43:20 AM

Let's not let a minor thing such as cancellation of the study stop anyone from raising an uproar.

I'm surprised all the conservative Republicans aren't cheering this to high heaven. Such a study would prove valuable evidence that their claims of left-wing media bias are indeed true. Unless of course those claims end up being disproven by the same study.

[Edited by: MiddletownMarty at 2/23/2014 11:44:27 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2014 4:26:45 AM

Just another step to dictatorship
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rumbleseat
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 5:24:25 PM

"I'm surprised that all the Liberal Dems aren't screaming to high heaven over this."

Not much left to scream about if it is cancelled as fast as it is announced, due to an almost instant firestorm.

From the Washington Post Feb 21:
Every three years, the FCC conducts a congressionally-mandated study of small businesses in the broadcast industry. This year's survey was slated to include questions directed at reporters and news directors like "Have you ever suggested coverage of what you consider a story with critical information for your [viewers, listeners or readers] that was rejected by management?"
But according to the FCC, Chairman Wheeler now believes "that survey questions in the study directed toward media outlet managers, news directors, and reporters overstepped the bounds of what is required." As a result, "journalists will no longer be asked to participate" in the survey.

[Edited by: rumbleseat at 2/22/2014 5:25:04 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 5:03:42 PM

Any upstanding newsroom boss would tell the caller at the door (from the FCC) to go pound sand when they ask to come in and "monitor" what goes on in the newsroom.

Hand them a printed copy of the First Amendment and tell them to have a nice day - someplace else.

Oh, and as for the cryptic sideways warning about renewing a broadcast station's license every four years, tell them the same. Stations serve the public in many ways, such as by telling news, weather, traffic, emergency information and weather warnings, school closings, etc. If the FCC tried to shut down a broadcaster solely for their choice of news stories they cover, that would not rise to level of public disservice worthy of taking away the broadcast license. Says me.
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:47:40 AM

I saw this. I'm surprised that all the Liberal Dems aren't screaming to high heaven over this. It's about censorship of the media. Obama is trying to bring back the fairness doctrine yet again. He's trying like crazy to squash any dissent in the ranks. The media isn't liking this one bloody bit, and neither should any freedom loving American of any political stripe. What is the government doing monitoring our media's content in terms of questions in this fashion? We're not talking about obscenity or divulging classified info. We're talking about common news.

It would seem Obama is unable to handle dissent from the media, emotionally. They were Obama's lap dogs for awhile there. But now that ObamaCare is failing, as are many other Obama liberal initiatives, he can't take the criticism. Fear not, the midterm elections are only 8 months away..
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Service66
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:27:03 AM


it's cute how they are calling it a "study".
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sgm4law
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 9:34:33 AM

Already a thread on this and the FCC has canceled their plans to go forward with the study as is.
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