As if the mainstream media weren’t compliant enough, now the Barack Obama Federal Communications Commission is about to put government monitors in the newsrooms of television and radio stations and newspapers across the county.
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, the Republican Party appointee to the commission, let the cat out of the bag on this Ministry of Truth-like proposal in an op-ed printed in The Wall Street Journal on Feb. 10.
According to Pai, the FCC wants to grill reporters, editors and station owners over what stories they run or ignore. It’s sort of a reprisal of the grossly misnamed “Fairness Doctrine” that thankfully died in the late 1980s. The program is called the “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs.” In newspeak it’s called CIN. Pai writes:
The purpose of the CIN, according to the FCC, is to ferret out information from television and radio broadcasters about “the process by which stories are selected” and how often stations cover “critical information needs,” along with “perceived station bias” and “perceived responsiveness to underserved populations.”
How does the FCC plan to dig up all that information? First, the agency selected eight categories of “critical information” such as the “environment” and “economic opportunities,” that it believes local newscasters should cover. It plans to ask station managers, news directors, journalists, television anchors and on-air reporters to tell the government about their “news philosophy” and how the station ensures that the community gets critical information.
The FCC also wants to wade into office politics. One question for reporters is: “Have you ever suggested coverage of what you consider a story with critical information for your customers that was rejected by management?” Follow-up questions ask for specifics about how editorial discretion is exercised, as well as the reasoning behind the decisions.
Having a “Minitru” observer will stifle any hope of ever seeing a news article or hearing a story critical of the regime. While the major media organizations are already largely controlled by the regime — after all, six corporations control 90 percent of what Americans see and hear — nuggets of truth do occasionally slip out.
But the regime obviously feels it is losing control of the message. This might be because it’s seeing more people than ever before turning to talk radio and the Internet for news and information and turning away from the networks, cable news and newspapers.
The Minitru observer can have an immediate and deleterious effect on talk radio because the FCC controls who owns the licenses. A noncompliant radio station can easily be booted. The criminal Eric Holder Justice Department has already shown its disdain for press freedom with its subpoena of Associated Press telephone records, which had a chilling effect on whistle-blowers and other news sources. And the Obama regime has filed criminal charges against whistle-blowers at a rate unparalleled in U.S. history.
In 1984, Minitru was responsible for rewriting articles that contradicted current party dogma. Articles that exposed the truth were flushed down the memory hole.
Obama’s Minitru will make sure no news gets out that contradicts party dogma. The MSM’s silence on the concept speaks loudly.