A plan by the Federal Communications Commission to study how news organizations select stories has prompted about 10,000 people to sign a petition demanding: “no government monitors in newsrooms.”
That’s according to the American Center for Law and Justice, which announced the petition Wednesday and said it reached that number within the first two hours.
The FCC announced a Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs last year, saying that it wanted to understand the process of which stories are selected, station priorities, content production, populations served, perceived station bias and perceived percent of news dedicated to each of the “critical information needs” in a community, Fox News reported.
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The Obama Administration is seeking to put monitors in the newsrooms of every major media outlet in the country.
One FCC commissioner says he fears these monitors would be used in “pressuring media organizations into covering certain stories.”
It’s exactly as dangerous as it sounds, and it could be used to cripple free speech and freedom of the press in America.