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FCC in newsrooms: End of freedom of the press? Government monitoring initiative

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A new pilot program might be leading to the end of the freedom of the press here in the U.S., claims a new report from the Inquisitr this Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. This upcoming government initiative is being launched by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), and is said to include government monitoring of what is said and what goes on in a number of major newsrooms throughout the country. The press release says that if this initiative indeed passes, it might lead “2014 to becoming known as the year that our U.S. First Amendment died.”

Having the FCC in newsrooms has left many in the public wondering whether the move may be part of an upcoming attempt to intimidate and potentially even command what is being said by journalists to the American people at large. According to this breaking statement, freedom of the press might indeed be in jeopardy here in America thanks to a pilot program that will allow the FCC to participate in “government monitoring” of what news is released and even how it is reported.

Currently, the FCC has overarching control of broadcasting licenses for radio stations as well as television and media outlets. It appears that the Federal Communication Commission is now aiming to increase its previous legal bounds to monitor what is printed in newspapers as well, cites the ACLJ. For those who are not aware, print media sources — including magazines and newspapers — that are not visually or orally broadcast (like newspapers) have not been under the jurisdiction of the FCC here in the U.S. until this new “pilot initiative” was revealed.

It appears that a vast number of national newspapers would be held in the sway of the Federal Communications Communication as part of the monitoring news program.

According to a statement from the FCC, permitting the FCC in newsrooms is an integral piece of a government news monitoring imitative intended to “expose information from television, radio, and newspaper broadcasters concerning the ‘process by which stories are selected and how frequently stations can cover critical detail needs.’”

Under the granted legislative powers given by the Obama administration, the freedom of the press may indeed be in the “hands” of the federal government agency, which will be examining “perceived bias … and perceived responsiveness to undeserved” U.S. populations.

At this time, allegations claim that the FCC has outlined a total of eight particular categories focusing on “critical information” that the governmental Federal Communications Commission feels local news stations across the nation should be including in their coverage. Under the Obama administration, adds the report, “the federal government now has the ability to control what news will be shared with the public.”

Ajit Pai, the current commissioner of the FCC, announced that the new Obama administration pilot program may be used to pressure certain media outlets and sources in the newsrooms into highlighting specific stories based on governmental influence. Pai added in an interview:

“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.”

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