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sixoh1 writes: According to an op-ed in today's WSJ (tiered subscription model) by Ajit Pai (current FCC commissioner, nominated by Obama):

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.

Don't rush to the tin-foil hats, but at the same time we're seeing a fight over Net-Neutrality, do we want to see a precedent set that allows the FCC to select favored content?

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FCC said to be considering monitoring radio and TV news content

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  • I'm really not sure how we could not rush to the trusty hats. The Government being able to decide what gets covered and what does not is exactly "Government run propaganda". Claiming "well it's the FCC and not Obama" does not mean that the Government is not doing it, just that the President is not controlling this _directly_.

    Since alleged news agencies are already running stories by the Government before submitting them (See NY Post whistle blower) I guess this cuts out the middle man a bit.

    • by sixoh1 ( 996418 )

      Given Ockham's razor, its pretty likely that this is meant with "good intentions" by the well meaning bureaucrats at the FCC who seem to lack any sense of irony. Its pretty creepy though...

  • I suggest they start with Fox. If they still don't understand what's going on, I could explain it to them. For an appropriate fee, of course. It's just business isn't it.

Vitamin C deficiency is apauling.