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BUT THEN PRACTICES CENSORSHIP ITSELF
by Sharon Rondeau
(Feb. 21, 2014) — On Friday morning, The Post & Email was sent a link to a story in The Washington Examiner which discussed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plan to “to determine whether journalists are producing articles, television reports, Internet content, and commentary that meets the public’s ‘critical information needs.'”
The author of the article, Byron York, reported that in 2012, the FCC hired a company called Social Solutions International at a cost of $900,000 to conduct a study of “media ecologies” and delivery of information to “diverse target markets.”
As of this writing, there appears to be no mention of Social Solutions International on the FCC website.
One of the FCC’s five commissioners, Ajit Pai, said that he was told nothing of the program and was not asked for his “input” when he learned of its impending implementation in the near future. In his column in The Wall Street Journal dated February 10, 2014, Pai stated that the plan calls for questions to be posed by government “researchers” about the “editorial discretion” practiced by editors of both broadcast and print media.
Fox News and other mainstream outlets have been reporting on the FCC plan over the last week. The Daily Caller first reported on the plan last October and stated that as of December, “the city where the program was scheduled to begin has yet to hear from the Feds.” On December 10, 16 members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce signed and sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler expressing concern for the cost, intent and outcome of the study, which they claimed “shows a startling disregard for not only the bedrock constitutional principles that prevent government intrusion into the press and other news media, but also for the lessons learned by the Commission’s experience with the Fairness Doctrine.”
Instituted in 1949 and abandoned in 1987, the Fairness Doctrine required “contrasting views” to be presented in discussions of “controversial matters” by the media.
Since 2008, many Americans wary of Obama and his policies have suspected that he intended to relaunch the Fairness Doctrine in order to control the media. After his declared victory in the 2008 election, his former communications director, Anita Dunn, proudly stated, “We controlled the media,” and therefore, the message, during the campaign.
Wheeler responded to the committee members’ concerns by stating that adjustments to the program could be made and that the FCC is actually seeking information on whether or not “barriers” to a “diversity of media voices” exist, not to intrude into decisions about the information to be reported.
In 2009 and 2010, Obama said, “If you like your health plan, you can keep it,” which turned out to be false in regard to Obamacare, his “signature achievement” while in office.
On Friday morning, at approximately 7:50 a.m., The Post & Email entered a comment to the cited article at The Washington Examiner stating that the mainstream media had failed in its duty to inform the public about Obama’s history and ideology, the election fraud which took place in 2008, and the forgery of his long-form birth certificate and Selective Service registration form as determined by the Maricopa County, AZ Cold Case Posse. We stated that the same media which refused to report anything negative about Obama is now vocally objecting to his regime’s attempt to infringe on the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of the press. A similar comment, without the mention of Obama’s fraudulent documentation, still appears just under the article.
Since 2009, reports have been published claiming that media outlets were threatened with loss of their FCC license if they were to report on the doubts about Obama’s constitutional eligibility and scant documentation. Cold Case Posse lead investigator Mike Zullo stated at a press conference on March 1, 2012 that he possessed sworn affidavits from reporters who had personally been threatened over the issue. Many, including this writer, have received written death threats.
We included in our message that a significant announcement is expected next month from the posse which reportedly the media will not be able to ignore. We added that if the comment were “censored,” we would know whether or not The Washington Examiner is truly practicing the exercise of freedom of speech and of the press.
Although comments mentioning impeachment, treason and the multiple “crisis” [sic] which have occurred during the reign of Obama were allowed, The Post & Email’s comment never appeared.