ON-Lion Letter

"Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was slapped down when the public learned it had begun an investigation of decision-making in newsrooms," begins an article in the September issue of Organization Trends by Barbara Joanna Lucas.  "The FCC claimed it meant no harm to press freedoms, but in fact for years, the Left has agitated for greater governmental control of the media. Obama administration officials have said as much for years, as did the president when he first ran for the office."

Organization Trends is published by the Capital Research Center (CRC) in Washington, D.C.  The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports CRC.  Lucas is a write and blogger in Virginia.

The FCC's notorious Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs sparked controversy and was supposedly killed after public outcry from journalists and conservatives.  The study planned to survey newspaper and Internet journalists with very intrusive questions, including their organizations' news philosophy, target audience, "beat" assignments, and editorial decisions about which stories to cover.

Lucas' article covers those groups and funders who pushed for the study, and their aims in doing so.

"It’s absurd on its face," according to Lucas, to claim the FCC "has any business determining what content the nation’s news media should or should not provide, but the Left’s invasion of newsrooms was simply a test to see how far they could push.  Progressives do not give up; they simply regroup.

Americans are now allowed to hear more than one side of issues, she concludes, so "the Left wants to strike back in the only way they know how:  government regulation.  The First Amendment be damned."

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