The danger of a politicized FCC

Thursday, March 24, 2016
 | 
Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

radio studio microphoneIt's a government agency that most people know little about, but a growing partisan divide could make the FCC "Enemy #1" of free speech.

The Federal Communications Commission is has five commissioners appointed by the president, who is allowed to appoint three from his party and two from across the aisle. Of late, President Obama's three liberals have been shutting down the two conservatives, even vetoing their proposals and then re-introducing the exact same language as their own.

Dan Gainor of Media Research Center explains why it's a dangerous place to play politics in the FCC. "What's at stake is the entire future of communication," he summarizes. "Everything that we do now goes through the FCC – that's the Internet, that's TV, that's radio."

Gainor, Dan (MRC)He adds: "That's a scary place if you're conservative, because the FCC is not."

Gainor fears the FCC could have conservative news organizations in their sights, the objective being "to legislate them and bureaucrat them to death."

"They're going to force them to cover things that they know their audience doesn't care about," the MRC spokesman continues. "They're going to force them to track and monitor things in such detail that the solution is they won't cover politics [and] they won't cover controversial issues."

It may even be part of the president's legacy-building agenda. "His ideas of change in the FCC get to the very heart of free speech," Gainor alleges. "The left wants to dominate the speech agenda for everyone."

And that, he notes, is another reason it's important to elect a conservative president in November.

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

What's your take on the issue of school choice?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

France begins presidential vote in test for populism
Report: Anti-Semitism rises, but violence against Jews falls
Roadside bomb in Somalia kills 8 soldiers, police say
Iranian candidate says nuclear deal failed to lift sanctions
FBI boss Comey arrives in New Zealand ahead of conference
Security tight as France prepares for presidential vote
Erin Moran, Joanie Cunningham in 'Happy Days,' dies at 56
American tries to learn from United's mistakes in incident

LATEST FROM THE WEB

North Korea threatens to strike US aircraft carrier to show 'military's force'
Pope likens migrant holding centers to 'concentration camps'
Security tight as France prepares for presidential vote
ISIS terror attacks make security key issue in France's presidential election
France gets ready for a rocky vote

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
Media on IRS scandal: 'We know nothing!'

Lois Lerner (former IRS official)There have been new developments in the IRS targeting scandal but if you watch the news on ABC, CBS or NBC, good luck hearing about it.