Bye Bye, First Amendment.

Facepalm-bearThis is absolutely chilling:  The FCC Wades Into the Newsroom.  Excerpt:

But everyone should agree on this: The government has no place pressuring media organizations into covering certain stories.

Unfortunately, the Federal Communications Commission, where I am a commissioner, does not agree. 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.”

What.  The.  Bloody.  Hell.

This has absolutely horrifying implications.  To put it plainly – the Imperial Federal government proposes to monitor the gathering, analysis and reporting of news by the nation’s hitherto independent media.  What’s next?

This kind of thing should be squashed, hard and fast.  Unfortunately, there seems to be a spine shortage in Congress.

I normally really try to resist indulging in Godwin’s Law, but the temptation here is too strong.

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