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Politico Downplays FCC Probe As ‘Market Study’

From the Politico:

FCC backs off newsroom study

By HADAS GOLD | February 21, 2014

The Federal Communications Commission will amend a proposed study of newsrooms in South Carolina after outcry over what some called "invasive questions," the commission’s chairman said Friday.

"Amend" is not shelved. But even so, this is the closest thing that I’ve seen to an official confirmation that this project has been derailed. (So naturally, it was put out on a Friday evening, when nobody would notice.)

The survey was meant to study how and if the media is meeting the public’s “critical information needs” on subjects like public health, politics, transportation and the environment.

Notice how the Politico plays down this FCC project at every turn.

Now, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said questions about news philosophy and editorial judgment will be removed from the survey and media owners and reporters will no longer be questioned.

At this point. But just wait until the heat is off.

The uproar caught on fire after one of the Republican commissioners [sic], Ajit Pai, penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal last week blasting the survey and saying the government had no place in newsrooms. The FCC is required by law to conduct media studies.

"Any suggestion the Commission intends to regulate the speech of news media is false," FCC spokeswoman Shannon Gilson said Friday in a statement, adding that a revised study will be released within the next few weeks. Additionally, she said media owners and journalists will no longer be asked to participate in the pilot study.

"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," she said.

Once again, imagine the outrage if President George Bush had ever initiated such a ‘market study’ of the news media.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, February 24th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Politico Downplays FCC Probe As ‘Market Study’”

  1. canary says:

    Dept of Justice ordering FCC to enforce Tougher Rules on TV Sharing News, Media, Costs, Ads, .

    Excerpts from National Journal

    DOJ Pushes for Tougher TV Ownership rules

    Feb 21 2014

    The Justice Department is calling for tougher federal rules to limit the ability of TV stations to coordinate with each other.

    The department’s Antitrust Division filed a report Friday with the Federal Communications Commission, urging the agency to crack down on arrangements that local TV stations use to share costs. The division warned that those arrangements are undermining the FCC’s media-ownership restrictions, which are intended to promote diverse views in the media.

    The division criticized “joint sales agreements,” which allow TV stations to sell ads for each other, and “joint services agreements,” in which TV stations share resources, such as news helicopters or staff. The Justice Department warned that the deals allow one TV company to exert “influence or control” over competitors.

    The report is a boost to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who is expected to push an order next month that would closely track those recommendations.

    Dennis Wharton, a spokesman for the National Association of Broadcasters, said he “strongly disagrees” with the DOJ report, which he warned could “kill jobs and damage the economics of local broadcasting.”

    Wheeler will circulate the new ownership rules among the FCC commissioners as soon as next week for a vote at the March 19 meeting, according to officials.

    (entire article)

    • canary says:

      Doesn’t this new OBAMA gestapo tactic contradict their reasoning behind invading news media to study emergencies and health.

      Big cable companies have so many channels of Spanish media and soap operas. Shows translated to Spanish. Shouldn’t helicopters be shared if it means getting the weather reports out?

      This National Journal is more liberal than Politico in siting everything they are now saying they won’t be doing on surveys, that the FCC laws requires those surveys be done. So, they are just postponing it. I think the National Journal says it’s already a rule, than why are they voting, and who is voting? And more going to the public for their thoughts?

      And why should the government being calling viewers for their opinions and what they watch.

      This is two new rules where the Democrats will be calling the public to see what they watch and what kind of adds and stations they watch.

      Then the Democrats will place their adds, design their adds, for elections.

      No amount given what this is going to cost the people.

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