Monday, February 24, 2014
FCC had actually considered "monitoring" newsrooms. What about blogs?
The Federal Communications Commission proposed a newsroom monitoring plan called “Multi-Makrer Study of Critical Information Needs”, according to a commentary by the Washington Times on Monday, February 24, 2014 in The Washington Times, by Jordan Sekulow and Matthew Clark, link (website url) here.
The study would have asked station owners, managers and reporters about “news philosophy” and “target audience”. The FCC has reportedly backtracked on these ideas now.
One wonders whether independent bloggers could have come under scrutiny, as they do in so many other countries.
This story reminds me of a controversy around 2003-2005, when pundits feared that federal circuit ruling on the scope of the Campaign Finance Reform Act (McCain-Feingold), incorporating the web and Internet, could serious interfere with “blogging as we know it”. I’ve given a detailed account of that issue on my new “footnotes” blog (accompanying my upcoming DADT-III book) here There’s a link there to the now notorious (and restored online) Washington Times editorial Oct. 12, 2005, “Suffocating the First Amendment”. Imagine needing a lawyer’s approval to start a blog.