In Obama's latest power grab, as reported by Fox News on 02/19/2014, FCC agents would be stationed in both newsrooms and newspaper offices across the country in order to both monitor and intimidate media purveyors who might step out of line.
While, outwardly, the monitors are stated to be "researchers" who are present in order to determine how editorial decisions are made, inwardly, experts believe this particular impetus is nothing if not an attempt to stifle First Amendment rights of the press.
There can, in fact, be little if any doubt that a powerful government representative who is stationed inside a newsroom, while constantly questioning editorial decisions, will have an enormously chilling effect on the freedom of the press.
Indeed, the FCC, which is fronting this outrageous impetus, has ultimate power to both grant and eliminate FCC licenses for broadcasters, meaning any newsroom not towing the party line could be shuttered.
Interestingly, while the FCC can monitor any broadcast over-the-air station, the government agency has previously held no power over non-broadcast news outlets such as newspapers; however, couched within the language of the FCC pilot program is a incredibly unlawful expansion into newspapers, as well, according to available reports.
An FCC commissioner recently spoke out against the latest FCC pilot plan, according to IBD:
"Ajit Pai, a commissioner with the Federal Communications Commission, warned this week in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that a plan to dispatch researchers into radio, television and even newspaper newsrooms called the "Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs" is still going forward, despite the grave danger it presented to the First Amendment."
"Pai warned that under the rationale of increasing minority representation in newsrooms, the FCC, which has the power to issue or not issue broadcasting licenses, would dispatch its "researchers" to newsrooms across America to seek their "voluntary" compliance about how news stories are decided, as well as "wade into office politics" looking for angry reporters whose story ideas were rejected as evidence of a shutout of minority views."
The President's latest grab for power, against an admittedly supine Fourth Estate, should send chills down the spines of every single American. Obama's latest popularity rankings have shown that a majority of individuals who voted for Obama's 2nd term, now lament their voting decisions as being both misguided and wrong.
America's Liberty is more clearly now, than ever, under Clear and Present Danger, especially after Obama recently stated his intent to bypass Congress whenever possible, in the State of the Union Address.
It is readily apparent that the President is now seeking to bypass the First Amendment and therefore the freedom of the press.
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