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Obama to send “monitors” into newsrooms. FCC official, others warn agency study could stifle freedom of the press.

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FCC official, others warn agency study could stifle freedom of the press

An Obama administration plan that would get researchers into newsrooms across the country is sparking concern among congressional Republicans and conservative groups.

The purpose of the proposed Federal Communications Commission study is to “identify and understand the critical information needs of the American public, with special emphasis on vulnerable-disadvantaged populations,” according to the agency.

However, one agency commissioner, Ajit Pai, said in a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece Wednesday that the May 2013 proposal would allow researchers to “grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run.”

He also said he feared the study might stifle the freedom of the press.

“The American people, for their part, disagree about what they want to watch,” wrote Pai, appointed to the FCC’s five-member commission in May 2012 by President Obama. “But everyone should agree on this: The government has no place pressuring media organizations into covering certain stories.”

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304680904579366903828260732

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/20/megyn-kelly-press-freedom-government-fcc-press_n_4823497.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000013&ir=Politics

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/02/20/fcc-official-others-warn-agency-study-would-squash-news-media-1st-amendment/

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