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Another attempted progressive power grab?

Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) pushed back on Monday against a contention by a Democratic FCC commissioner that the government should create new regulations to promote diversity in news programming.

Barton was reacting to a proposal made last week by FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, who in a speech suggested that broadcasters be subject to a new "public values test" every four years.

"I hope … that you do not mean to suggest that it is the job of the federal government, through the [FCC], to determine the content that is available for Americans to consume,” Barton wrote Monday in a letter to Copps.

Copps had suggested that the test would make a broadcaster's license renewal contingent upon proof that they meet a prospective set of federal criteria.

He said outlets should be mandated to do the following: prove they have made a meaningful commitment to public affairs and news programming, prove they are committed to diversity programming (for instance, by showing that they depict women and minorities), report more to the government about which shows they plan to air, require greater disclosure about who funds political ads and devote 25 percent of their prime-time coverage to local news.

The regulations would apply to all news outlets operating on the public airwaves.

Do you want the government to control what news you are allowed to see?
If you are a democrat/progressive/liberal, and support this, do you want it when republicans are back in control?

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Carpy

Asked by Carpy at 9:10 AM on Dec. 7, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (25)
  • Government control of the media? What country is this!?
    SuperChicken

    Answer by SuperChicken at 9:12 AM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • – collapse
    It just depends on how you interpret that.
    kerp1960

    Answer by kerp1960 at 9:22 AM on Dec. 7, 2010 (hidden) + expand

  • The Soviet Union has moved to America, SuperChicken.
    Carpy

    Comment by Carpy (original poster) at 9:22 AM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • Combined with the TSA I'd have to say you're right.
    SuperChicken

    Answer by SuperChicken at 9:23 AM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • Absolutely! America needs to stay vigilant. These people and their crap are not going away.
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 9:33 AM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • Wow! Just, wow.
    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 9:34 AM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • If you are a democrat/progressive/liberal, and support this, do you want it when republicans are back in control?

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    Great Question
    jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 9:35 AM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • No, kerp, there is no 'it just depends on how you interpret it' to this. Do you want the government dictating what can and cannot appear on your news programs? Do you want the government telling you what news you can (and by default, what news you cannot) hear? If this were a mere six years ago, you would probably be furious about such a move from the FCC. Frankly, I would have been, too, because this should not be a 'which side of the aisle are you on' issue; this is a Constitutional issue. We still have freedom of the press, even when the press choose to not exercise it. We have the right to know what our governmental officials are doing simply because they are our elected officials, our employees.
    May-20

    Answer by May-20 at 9:41 AM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • Appears so..holy cow..
    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 9:47 AM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • It doesn't matter who's in control of the government this goes against free press. Last I checked this was America not Venezuela!

    BlueCollarMama

    Answer by BlueCollarMama at 9:58 AM on Dec. 7, 2010

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