Ministry Of Fairness

The Schwarze ReichThe Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in yet another of their attempts to “back door” a reprise of the Fairness Doctrine, enacted a program which they carefully named the, “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs.” This would allow the FCC to destroy any that didn’t meet the government’s approval.

It was meant to hunt out “station bias” and to ensure that the desires and interests of special interest minority subcultures were being fully met by television news programing. Such aims were to be accomplished through a combination of interrogating station managers, news directors, journalists, television anchors and reporters, and by placing government monitors in stations’ news rooms.

The program was scheduled to begin this spring in the “problematic,” Southern market of Columbia, SC., possibly to influence the coverage of 2014 election campaigns.

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We Want To Ask You About Your Station Bias

But this has been put “on hold” due to the outrage over it expressed by the American people.

To be clear, media owners and journalists will no longer be asked to participate in the Columbia, S.C. pilot study. The pilot will not be undertaken until a new study design is final. Any subsequent market studies conducted by the FCC, if determined necessary, will not seek participation from or include questions for media owners, news directors or reporters.

— FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler

This sounds both reasonably good and like it’s another victory for we, the People over government tyranny. But, while this is an important victory for the First Amendment, it’s only a partial victory in one small battle in the war we must wage to keep the government from controlling all the information we are allowed access to.

Related Reading:

Changing Channels: The Civil Rights Case that Transformed Television
Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
America: A Narrative History (Brief Ninth Edition)  (Vol. 2)
Tyranny of the Urgent!
Free Speech on Campus

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2 Responses to “Ministry Of Fairness”

  1. Alfie Says:

    Looked into the organization that did the “study” work. SSI is a government approved female owned small business that seems to live off the govt. grant dole cycle. Could not find how much the FCC paid. Saw that other agencies have used them in the under $100k range

  2. jonolan Says:

    Yep. They’re just another 8(a) sucking on the government’s teat. They’re actually a little worse than most since their whole company is based upon pandering to various special-interest groups whose desires are contrary to the American norm.

    It actually, however, makes sense that the FCC hired them. SSI’s inherent bias and agenda would almost guarantee that the “study” would have the results that FCC wanted and could use.

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