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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Criminal Justice Quote: The Government's Unrelenting Assault on Free Speech

     The Obama administration is planning to send what critics characterize as government spies into the newsrooms of the nation's media outlets. This unprecedented assault on Americans' First Amendment freedoms is part of the…war against the few pockets of media resistance the president has encountered at Fox News and in the world of talk radio. Sending federal bureaucrats to meddle in newsroom affairs by conducting an alleged "study" will chill news coverage and make government-licensed broadcast media think twice about airing stories that place the Obama administration in a bad light.

     To this end the Federal Communications Commission is moving forward with its "Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs," or CIN. Although the FCC is a regulatory body, not a research organization, it plans to send researchers to question reporters, editors, and station owners abut how they decide which stories to run.

     The FCC intends to discover "the process by which stories are selected," how often stations cover "critical information needs," the media outlets' "perceived station bias," and "perceived responsiveness to underserved populations." [Wow, this is right out of the old communist era playbook.]…

Matthew Vadum, "Obama's News Police," FrontPage Magazine, February 21, 2014  

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