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Big Brother Invading the Newsroom?

09-07-2014

Conservatives and some media analysts are speaking out against a Federal Communications Commission plan they say violates First Amendment guarantee of a free press.

The FCC plans to investigate how newsrooms decide which stories to use. But critics say this could lead to government regulation and control of media stories.

Republican FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai first brought the plan to light in a Feb. 10 Wall Street Journal column.

"News organizations often disagree about what Americans need to know," he wrote. "MSNBC, for example, apparently believes that traffic in Fort Lee, N.J., is the crisis of our time."

"Fox News, on the other hand, chooses to cover the September 2012 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi more heavily than other networks," he continued. "The American people, for their part, disagree about what they want to watch."

"But everyone should agree on this: The government has no place pressuring media organizations into covering certain stories," he said.

***To read more about the FCC proposal, visit Pai's Wall Street Journal column.

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