POSTED: Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 3:37pm
UPDATED: Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 1:03pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — I am sure you've heard by now what the Federal Communications Commission is up to.
They now want a newsroom monitor in every TV and and radio station in the country. They even want a monitor in newspaper newsrooms, as well, even though the FCC has nothing to do with newspapers.
The reason is that they want to keep an eye on our content. In other words, one of the FCC commissioners says the government has nine areas they want monitored. They said they'd like to monitor topics such as the environment. They believe something they deem important is not getting enough coverage.
Do you see where this is going?
In other words he or she could sit in our newsroom and say, "Hey, enough of this Obamacare debacle, let's move on, let's have stories about green energy."
And what about this little First Amendment, Constitution thing? That's so 2001.
They also want to know which managers are picking stories and what everyone is paid. I can tell you right now, there are journalism advisors who just hate me because every year they pester me to go online or fill out a paper about newsroom demographics. They also want to know what each position is paid. What my news people are paid or anything about their lives is none of anyone's business.
If this FCC idea, which is not mandated yet, does not chill you, you are dead in the head.
Just remember, appointees to the FCC won't always be Obama appointees. Plus, if the federal government is just trying to harass us with people in our newsroom who live out of town to pester us about content and don't really have a handle on things, most news directors already have that.
They're called TV consultants.
That's my point of view, what,s yours?
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