Monday, February 24, 2014



An opinion poll released last year reveals that more than 77 percent of Americans don't trust mainstream newspapers and television reports.

Despite losing the public's trust, the media aren't apologizing or resolving to be more objective. Instead, the media are actually ramping up their anti-conservative offensive.

Although we are pleased that Americans are awakening to the media's lack of integrity, the MRC cannot stop exposing and neutralizing the liberal media's daily assault on conservatism.

Despite losing the public's trust, the media aren't apologizing or resolving to be more objective. Instead, the media are actually ramping up their anti-conservative offensive.

Why would they risk their credibility and their audience? Because they know the importance of the 2014 elections for the future of America.

Echoes of the IRS in the FCC Snooping Scandal

The IRS targeting scandal is of course multi-faceted, but one of its key elements was the use of comprehensive IRS questionnaires to determine everything from tea-party donor and member lists to the actions and activities of family members and even identifying “persons or entities with which you maintain a close relationship.” In other words, the Obama administration IRS was abusing its regulatory authority to essentially discern the inner workings of an entire political and cultural movement.

Last week, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai disclosed the existence of the FCC’s new “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,” a study that would send FCC researchers (monitors?) into newsrooms across the nation to determine, among other things, whether news organizations are meeting citizens “actual” as opposed to “perceived” information needs. As designed, the study empowers researchers to not only ask a series of questions of news staff, it also provides (in pages 10 and 11) advice for gaining access to employees even when broadcasters and their Human Resources refuse to provide confidential employee information. The Obama administration FCC is abusing its regulatory authority by attempting to discern the inner workings of American newsrooms.

And what will these FCC monitors ask when they do get access? 

Here’s the list of questions to station owners, managers, or HR:

• What is the news philosophy of the station?
• Who is your target audience?
• How do you define critical information that the community needs?
• How do you ensure the community gets this critical information?
• How much does community input influence news coverage decisions?
• What are the demographics of the news management staff (HR)?
• What are the demographics of the on air staff (HR)?
• What are the demographics of the news production staff (HR)?

And here’s the list of questions to on-air staff:

• What is the news philosophy of the station?
• How much news does your station air every day?
• Who decides which stories are covered?
• How much influence do you have in deciding which stories to cover?
• Have you ever suggested coverage of what you consider a story with critical information for your customers (viewers, listeners, readers) that was rejected by management?

o If so, can you give an example?
o What was the reason given for the decision?
o Why do you disagree?

Since when is a station’s “philosophy” or its inter-office disputes any of the federal government’s business? For that matter, how is the federal government qualified to determine what a citizen “needs” to know. Are citizens not qualified to make that determination themselves?
The Obama governing philosophy combines the regulatory state with an intolerance of dissent. Taken together, this means an extreme level of government intrusion into private activity. Any entity whose business touches the federal government (and given the vast scope of the government, it touches and regulates virtually every entity) is deemed an open book for bureaucratic inquiry. The chilling effect is obvious and broadcasters decline to participate at their own risk.

I spend a lot of time in our own radio studio (at the ACLJ we have a daily radio program that broadcasts on 850 stations nationwide), and I was trying to imagine today’s broadcast with an FCC “researcher” in the studio. It’s not hard to guess what they’d think, what their report would say, and what it would recommend. We believe the public has a “critical information need” to hear about Obama-administration overreach.

I suspect his FCC disagrees.
Venezuela president threatens to expel CNN

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro threatened to throw CNN out of the country on Thursday if they don't change their coverage of protests and civil unrest in the country.

"I've asked (information) minister Delcy Rodríguez. to tell CNN we have started the administrative process to remove them from Venezuela if they don't rectify (their coverage)," Maduro said on state TV. "Enough! I won't accept war propaganda against Venezuela. If they don't rectify this, they're out of the country."

Protests against Maduro over several issues, including inflation, crime, corruption and shortages of products like medical supplies have rocked the country in the past few weeks. Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez turned himself in on Tuesday after the government charged him with terrorism and murder, though the murder charges were dropped on Thursday. Human rights groups have condemned his arrest, saying it is politically motivated.

Local television networks have provided almost no live coverage of the protests against Maduro, Reuters reports, so many in the country are turning to CNN Español. Colombia-based news network NTN24 was taken off cable in Venezuela after it showed live coverage of violence that started last week.