Friday, February 21, 2014

A Government Controlled Media?

First it was the Internal Revenue Service "accidentally" targeting conservative political groups, preventing them from attaining tax exempt status so they couldn't actively participate in the 2012 election campaigns. After an extensive investigation by an IRS lawyer (who by pure coincidence just happens to be an Obama supporter and contributor) the IRS was cleared of any wrongdoing by President Obama himself.

Now the Obama administration is taking government control to a new level. They are now going to put government monitors in newsrooms across the country, supposedly to study how they decide which stories to run. It has nothing whatsoever to do with controlling the media...

Yeah, right. And with Obamacare you can keep your insurance plan and your doctor.

Even the FCC Commissioner thinks it's a bad idea. (Wonder how long he'll keep his job?) Commissioner Ajit Pai reveals a brand new Obama Administration program that he fears could be used in “pressuring media organizations into covering certain stories.”

"In 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 under-served populations," Pai said recently.
Apparently the FCC is making plans to expand its limits of regulatory power to newspapers, which currently do not fall under FCC regulations. Still think the Obama administration is looking out for your best interest?
I guess those who believe more government control is good and that freedom of speech should not contain dissent against the Obama administration will find this to be acceptable. Everyone else should be very afraid. Every major repressive regime of the modern era has begun with an attempt to control and intimidate the press. If the government controls the news all you get is government propaganda.
Imagine a country where the Obama administration controls everything you hear from the main stream media and newspapers. You know - kind of like the news you currently hear from NBC and its affiliates. All Obama - all the time. 
FOX News and any other news outlet that criticizes the President would be muzzled or put out of business. This is simply another attempt to curtail dissent, like the "Fairness Doctrine" and "Grassroots Lobbying Bill". 
I know some of you are thinking "What's the problem? This isn't government censorship. It's just a study." Do you really believe that? The federal government is going to put live representatives in newsrooms and newspaper offices across the country to monitor their activities and monitor what they put out. It is unprecedented in this nation and is the beginning of something bigger, you can bet. Just as our current government, with the approval of both sides, has removed the ability of Americans to protest against certain politicians within the politician's visual range, they will now make it illegal for the press to criticize the regime.
Liberals in this country complained loudly that George W. Bush was "taking away our freedoms" with the Patriot Act. Yet Obama is steadily removing Americans' freedoms and they are praising him for it. It's difficult to understand.
Any journalist or news outlet that still has any integrity should be outraged to the point of refusing to allow these government monitors into their offices. As Thomas Jefferson once said, "our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost."

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