Sunday, February 23, 2014

All the news (the government thinks) is fit to print?

Well, this one seems to be causing an uproar.  The FCC has unveiled a plan to study how media decides what information to impart to their viewers/listeners/readers.  You can read the proposal here:

The money quote would appear to be this one:

The purpose of these interviews is to ascertain the process by which stories are selected, station priorities (for content, production quality, and populations served), perceived station bias, perceived percent of news dedicated to each of the eight CINs, and perceived responsiveness to underserved populations.
Really?  The government is going to look into whether your local news has bias, whether they are devoting enough time to "Critical Information Needs" (CIN), and whether they are responsive to under-served populations?  Who decides what a CIN is?  Who decides who is under-served?  Will the government decide that global warming is a CIN and the IRS scandals and Benghazi aren't?  Right now they claim that is not the intent, but does anyone reading this seriously trust the government enough to assume that they won't use the information once they have it?

Enjoy the Decline my friends.  The Roman empire did not fall in a day, but it did fall.

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