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FCC wants to have news monitoring to make sure the public gets what it needs

The Federal Communications Commission stepped on a political land mine by attempting to setup monitoring data at broadcast points.
The Federal Communications Commission stepped on a political land mine by attempting to setup monitoring data at broadcast points.

There is a genuine loathing regarding Fox News from many in the Obama Administration. Without a doubt President Barack Obama has been using his executive office as a bully pulpit to advance ideology of the Democratic Party. Nothing really new there, or is there?

When one inspects how the Justice Department, Internal Revenue Service, National Security Administration, and other government agencies have been caught in the flexing of what is suppose to be their non-partisan influence to become political tools of the Obama Administration, it should create warning flags in the least.

The assault of the Obama Administration on religious freedom as part of the First Amendment has been unprecedented. There has been an ongoing chipping away at the religious clause that forbids the government from interfering with the expression of religion. The Supreme Court rebuked the government 9-0 last year for attempting to change the exemption status of religious ministers.

Obama has been attempting to adapt the laws for gun ownership through the legislature which would undermine the right to bear arms. Gun owners should not be ill at ease because surely if you own a legal gun and like it, you can keep it.

Gee, didn’t we hear something like THAT before?

The allegedly left leaning media has so far shown restraint in going after the administration because after all, those the media considers loud and obnoxious conservatives need to be taken out to the woodshed anyway. Fox News, conservative radio, and religious affiliated broadcasting are annoying.

The Federal Communications Commission came under a firestorm by attempting to come out with a plan to have news monitors put at the source of every broadcast point to make sure “the public gets what it needs”. The FCC would of course be doing a public service by implementing this plan.

The blistering objections from critics encouraged FCC spokeswoman Shannon Gilson to come out in damage control on Friday, February 21st to explain that Chairman Tom Wheeler of the FCC agreed that the FCC “overstepped the bounds of what is required”.

The survey designed by the FCC had questions for reporters and news directors which were intended to understand the motive of why some news stories were covered, focused upon, or not reported at all. The gathering of information could be used for data for deciding whether a license could be granted or pulled. One can legitimately wonder if the FCC incursion involved directives from the White House.

Remember when the Justice Department was caught monitoring phone conversations to the Associated Press telephones? It represented a serious breach of the Constitution concerning unreasonable search, something that has been quite a hot button for the vast gathering of information by the NSA.

Now the FCC has come out wanting to gather information regarding how news stories are covered and understanding the motives of why the information is covered.

Really? For what purpose and why? Who ordered and authorized the Justice Department to snoop on reporter conversations? Why did the FCC venture out to do something far beyond the scope of the standard for granting or pulling a broadcast license?

Those thinking the First Amendment is not under scrutiny have their heads in the sand.

While the media continues to snooze (except for Fox News) and maintain its role as a lapdog instead of a watchdog of the Obama Administration, it continues to excuse circumventions of the First Amendment by the government. It will be interesting to see if the media wakes up and smells the coffee. It is about time to inspect the breaches into the US Constitution’s First Amendment, particularly religious freedom.

The free press is only a comma away.

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