The Republicans are horribly upset about an FCC study -- which the agency is required by law to conduct -- that is "intended to examine barriers of entry into the news media industry for small businesses." So naturally they're screaming bloody murder, carping that... gasp!!!... it could lead to the return of the Fairness Doctrine. And of course the pundits at Fox like Charles Krauthammer are up in arms as well.
A ‘Special Report’ panel today discussed a proposed FCC study, which would send government monitors into newsrooms across the country. The study was brought to the public’s attention by FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, who published an op-ed about it in the Wall Street Journal.
“As if the IRS and the EPA and the NLRB haven’t done enough damage, the FCC now has to trample on what rights are remaining,” Charles Krauthammer said. “This is an outrage disguised as a study.”
In a statement, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said, “The Commission has no intention of regulating political or other speech of journalists or broadcasts by way of this research design, any resulting study, or through any other means. The research design is a precursor to any formal study. If used in any way, its goal would be similar to those of past reports seeking to identify whether potential market barriers exist and, if so, whether those barriers affect diversity of media voices.”
Krauthammer said there are more media today than in the history of mankind, “including cave drawings.” He said the House of Representatives should pass a law withholding every penny from any such study.
I'm not sure just who Charles Krauthammer thinks is supposed to be "surrendering" to the United States to finally end this so-called "war on terror," but that's one of the only two scenarios he offered to his cohort Bret Baier on Fox this Thursday as legitimate reasons to end the United States pretending we're at war with a tactic. Read more...
Fox regular Nina Easton called the claim that voter ID laws are discriminatory a "liberal ruse" to "gin up" the black and Latino vote following Eric Holder's announcement that he plans to fight Texas on their recent voting rights restrictions. Read more...