Lanny Davis Speaks Out Against FCC in Newsrooms BREAKING: FCC “PULLS PLUG”

::::UPDATE BREAKING:::: The FCC is “throwing in the towel on its plans, but…only sort of.

The Federal Communications Commission has pulled the plug on its plan to conduct an intrusive probe of newsrooms as part of a “Critical Information Needs” survey of local media markets.

However, a revised version of the survey could raise new concerns: that it will trade its now-kiboshed news questions for a demographic survey that might justify new race-based media ownership rulemaking.

read it all. :::END UPDATE:::

So, apparently, this is how America works now:

The First Amendment says “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…” But under the Obama administration, the Federal Communications Commission is planning to send government contractors into the nation’s newsrooms to determine whether journalists are producing articles, television reports, Internet content, and commentary that meets the public’s “critical information needs.” Those “needs” will be defined by the administration, and news outlets that do not comply with the government’s standards could face an uncertain future. It’s hard to imagine a project more at odds with the First Amendment.

The initiative, known around the agency as “the CIN Study” (pronounced “sin”), is a bit of a mystery even to insiders. “This has never been put to an FCC vote, it was just announced. . .”

Well, when a president is able to amend his signal legislative achievement
again and again by whim-and-decree, why would it surprise anyone that, increasingly in America, things are “just announced”, with nary an objection by our “mediating intelligences” in the press.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes, indeed.

Props, therefore, to former Clinton Administration advisor Lanny Davis, who dares to speak out — or at least, to tweet out — his objections to the very illiberal, really quite scandalous intention of the Obama Administration to intrude upon our newsrooms:

Many of us have been quick to point out that if George W. Bush — or for that matter, any Republican — had even entertained this Orwellian notion, the press would be (quite justifiably) screaming “abuse of power” loud, and long. Davis is here tweeting the veriest and simplest of truths.

Yet, with the exception of Davis, (and Howard Kurtz) there thus far appear to be no objections from our Democrat-leaning major news outlets. They apparently won’t mind having political officers monitoring them.

Is good citizenship and responsible journalism, comrade.

Last week I noted that, the Republicans on Capital Hill have spoken up, but no one else. You’d think Mrs. Clinton (a pal of Davis’ and a woman who loves to be thought of as an “advocate”) would be advocating for the press’ first amendment freedoms — for their right to their own editorial judgement and opinions.

But for heaven’s sake, if the press isn’t even advocating for themselves, why should she?

Clintonista friends and family within the media have already more than demonstrated that they are happy to take transcription from her (as they did after Benghazi), that they will refrain from asking challenging questions (as they did after Benghazi) and that they will willingly characterize her stereotypically female yelling and sobbing (before a congressional committee) as a model of feminist strength and fortitude. They are already going back to the storage shed to haul out the phrase “anti-Clinton” with which to label anything remotely critical of Hillary that cannot simply be called “sexist.” The Anti-Clintites are coming, again!

So, yes, this is how America works now. But still, good on Lanny Davis, for minding about it, even if it’s only on Twitter.

I wonder what Tim Russert would say? Or Michael Kelly?

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  • Manny

    Once upon a time this country was the land of the free. Excuse me for being pessimistic again, but this is no longer the country it once was. Just realize this. They can force people to buy what they dont want; they have violated religious liberty; people and groups are being investigated by the IRS based on their political associations; there is no longer free speech if this is allowed. We are no longer free. I’m ready to grab a pitchfork and storm the gates.

  • Bernard Fischer

    The media doesn’t care when Obama starts running GM, solar energy or health care. Why worry now? As long as Justin Beiber is acting up or Miley Cryus is taking her clothes off, it’s all good.

  • Lynn Perrizo

    We all know this is not over. The hoopla will quiet down for a time and then secretly, probably on a Friday afternoon, that famous pen will scribble an executive order declaring something close to what has been proposed this week. And it will be done. Without a peep from anyone but “we the people” who sitting back in fly over country, trying to figure out why this can’t be stopped. Pandora’s box was opened in 2008. All one had to do back then was read Mr. O’s books, or observe how he treated his friends, to know what direction he would go. No one listened. No one wanted to read the handwriting on the wall. My heart aches for what we have lost and most likely will never regain.

  • DeaconJohnMBresnahan

    It may be a strong word–but this administration more and more is earning the title “fascist.” This is because part of the reason this administration is able to do just about anything it wants to do is in partnership with big corporations–like health care giants and insurance companies as well as the MSM’s corporate collusion.

  • johnt

    The crowd in the WH is tip toing around on this one, the parallels are to easy to draw with other statist regimes. They haven’t, won’t, give up. Forget about the FCC, this comes from Obama and his WH goons, though it’s reported as if Obama is In Timbuktu, innocent babe that he is.

  • johnt

    It fits, what they’re doing is the beginning, the model, how far it goes is the problem. It is what they are perfectly.

  • FW Ken

    The media has toadied for the administration since 2008. They didn’t even try to look non-partisan in 2012, and are currently campaigning for Hillary Clinton.

    Is this the 1950s in Argentina? Will Hillary come out on the Truman Balcony and sing… well, you know.

  • Frank McManus

    I’m giggling over the notion that Lanny Davis and Howard Kurtz represent “Democrat-leaning major news outlets.” Has Fox News gone liberal?

    And has no one noticed how many weasel words are being used in every single piece of critical opinion that attacks the FCC study? This could be a good exercise for a freshman writing class: go through Ajit Pai’s WSJ piece and highlight each occasion that he breaks his quotations from the study design and attributes certain motives and plans to the FCC study using highly emotive weasel words. Extra credit: describe the rhetorical relationship between the quotes he uses and the weasel words embedded in the text around them.

    Elizabeth, when you refer to MSM giving Democrats a free pass, what do you think of Anthony Wiener, Kwame Kilpatrick, nearly every New Jersey mayor in the past decade, Bob Filner, Jesse Jackson Jr., Eliot Spitzer, etc., etc.? I bet they’re all wishing they could put their hands on a free pass from the media.

    In contrast, Chris Christie, Bob McDonnell, and David Vitter were not driven from office, were they?

    PS In a previous comment, apparently deleted for good reason, I misinterpreted you to be saying that plans for this study go back seven years. I still don’t know what your references to seven years mean: what was happening in February 2007? But apart from this, it’s still the case that the law on which this proposed FCC study is based is from 1996, and the FCC has prepared previous similar studies with no evident Soviet influence and no MSM freakout during the Bush years.

  • Victor

    (((I’m ready to grab a pitchfork and storm the gates.)))

    America! Please don’t take Manny literally serious for “ONE” second cause truth be known, if any human being was trying to help his country and while trying, happened to come across an old fool as myself who has been for years influenced by strange gods such as “ME”, “ME”, “ME”, “Myself” and “I”, what chance could he have against these sinner vic cells?

    I kid YAS not people of GOD (Good Old Dad) cause even The Anchoress has written me about a year ago saying in so many polite words that’s she’s honestly tried but can’t help me out at this time. Let’s not forget Joe Carter, Doctor Wesley J. Smith and Doctor Taylor Marshall and that’s not counting many good spiritual Senior doctor cells, just to name a few.

    Good People! I could go on and but I must try to remember that this is not Fred Clark and Jeff Millers blog so “I” better stop NOW and……


    What’s that You say Jesus?

    Go Figure! :)

    God Bless Peace