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    Re: Government to Monitor News Media

    Quote Originally Posted by Northern Light View Post
    The U.S. government has always had some degree of control over the mainstream news media, either through direct suggestion or by the pulling of corporate strings. Now that only a few corporations own the entire mainstream media, it's easier than ever. It's unfortunate that people really believe we still have freedom of the press. As soon as "security" becomes a priority over freedom, there are a plethora of laws which the government can create and call on to "guide" the press. Our government has become highly skilled at finessing its will into our free systems in such a way that people believe freedom has not been compromised. That's the genius of it.
    That 'security' is often to protect the politicians and their immediate bureaucrats rather then the country itself. Nixon is famous for confusing national security with that of his own, and it would be a natural tendency for most politicians to do the same, if they can get away with it.

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    Re: Government to Monitor News Media

    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    Here is the article from a member of the FCC. There are also other news releases if the story interests you.



    Mr. Pai is a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission.
    Thanks for that text, Grant.

    A couple of comments:

    1. I see this issue about this FCC study to be quite different...and essentially unrelated...to the other article you quoted.

    2. I think every news department head that the FCC visits should tell them, maybe not in these exact words, to piss up a rope.

    3. I predict three things:

    a. Nobody will really much care what Reporters Without Borders thinks about the US.

    b. The FCC will quietly let this whole study die.

    c. Mr Pai will lose his job.
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    Re: Government to Monitor News Media

    Quote Originally Posted by Mycroft View Post
    Thanks for that text, Grant.

    A couple of comments:

    1. I see this issue about this FCC study to be quite different...and essentially unrelated...to the other article you quoted.

    2. I think every news department head that the FCC visits should tell them, maybe not in these exact words, to piss up a rope.

    3. I predict three things:

    a. Nobody will really much care what Reporters Without Borders thinks about the US.

    b. The FCC will quietly let this whole study die.

    c. Mr Pai will lose his job.
    My feeling is that the Federal Government will find a reason to reintroduce the "The Fairness Doctrine" and these 'monitors' being appointed by the government will find some excellent reasons why this program should be brought back. Of course, given the President's frequently singling out Fox News, we know where these monitors are headed.

    Your 3(a) is spot on though something to consider in context, but disagree with your 3(c) - though of course I want you to be correct.

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    Re: Government to Monitor News Media

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    Yes, until recently the press and the politicians (with the exception of Kennedy) have been in generally adversarial positions.



    The drop in both categories would seem to be related. "Low information voters" is more of an observation and a concern rather than just a criticism.

    There has to be greater State rights with much of the power removed from the Feds in order that people get closer to those who govern them.

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    Re: Government to Monitor News Media

    This sounds like it came straight from the top. From our Professor President....What better way to try and intimidate pesky facts from making it to the public? Send in the Government officials to say just participate in this study, and answer this form of 200 questions....Hmmmm....Sounds like maybe Lois Lerner found a new job....
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