Like the Communist Party officer on the bridge of a Soviet-era submarine, agents of the Obama Administration’s Federal Communications Commission are expected to soon begin invading newsrooms on a “fact-finding” mission.
As part of a study called the Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs, the FCC will begin sending its minions to America’s newsrooms to question reporters and editors about the process of news selection and coverage. The original plan was to begin this spring, but that may be delayed after complaints led the FCC to announce today that it is redesigning its study.
FCC spokeswoman Shannon Gilson said, “Any suggestion that the FCC intends to regulate the speech of news media or plans to put monitors in America’s newsrooms is false.”
FCC member Ajit Pai opposes the study, or CIN. He wrote in the Wall Street Journal that the purpose of the CIN 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.'”
The only real underserved populations in most news outlets’ communities are conservative readers and viewers, and since that’s the last group the Obama Administration cares about, the obvious conclusion is that the Administration is looking for “bias” of the sort that isn’t favorable enough to the leftist agenda of the president.
The first version of the survey the FCC had planned on using was yanked after complaints about its intrusiveness and slant. The survey is being designed by a team led by Mignon Clyburn, daughter of Sen. Jim Clyburn, who has been on a tirade to get the Fairness Doctrine reinstated ever since Gabby Giffords was shot in Arizona in 2011.
If you’re scratching your head about what Giffords has to do with freedom of the press, it goes like this: In Sen. Clyburn’s warped world, Nevada senatorial candidate Sharon Angle in 2010 commented in a speech about political disputes and quote-unquote “Second Amendment remedies,” and that led certified loony-tune Jared Loughner in 2011 to shoot Giffords while she gave a speech in Tucson, Arizona. Therefore, the obvious solution is to clamp down on news outlets’ free speech rights.
Did you follow that?
A speech by a candidate … in 2010 … led directly to the shooting of a senator … by a crazy person … in another state … in a different year … because of reporters, editors and “pundits.”
Clyburn: “He (Loughner) saw a Second Amendment remedy and that’s what occurred here and there is no way not to make that connection.”
So now it seems Clyburn’s daughter is in charge of the witch hunt to find “bias” in newsrooms. (Or was there a way not to make that connection?)
How much do you want to bet that even after the study is “redesigned,” the FCC won’t find any bias at MSNBC or the Huffington Post, but it will find nothing but bias at Fox News or the Wall Street Journal?
The FCC isn’t going to regulate news coverage or put monitors in newsrooms … its agents are just going to make sure the cover is removed from the ol’ memory hole.