December 06, 2010

What you do when you lose the battle of ideas:

Muzzle the opposition:

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.

You can just imagine the subjectivity involved with government bureaucrats "determining" just the "right" amount of "public interest" and "diversity" a station should have/report. It's pure nonsense, and still more proof that the Democrat Party (and "progressives" in general) still don't get why they got pasted a month ago.

Posted by Hube at December 6, 2010 05:35 PM | TrackBack

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