There is something of a bit of paranoia developing from our sector of the internet that for some reason, the Federal government is soon going to start prohibiting people from discussing news stories about black crime.
Those worries are far afield, because the Feds won’t actually need to do that in order to do that.
The best way to keep us from talking about black crime is to deprive us of news and information about black crime.
And how will that be possible?
Look up the name Mignon Clyburn. If you have seen that last name in the last several days, you’re not imagining things. It comes from Jim Clyburn, member of Congress from South Carolina, and former head of the Congressional Bellcurve Caucus. Mignon Clyburn is his daughter; Baraq Obama appointed her to be an FCC commissioner.
Last year, there was a here today gone tomorrow story about her name being mixed up in something called Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs. Part of this research involved:
But it’s another part of the study that has prompted critics to invoke images of FCC officials parachuting into local newsrooms to influence coverage decisions. The design calls for the FCC to interview management and staff at broadcast outlets in order
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.
Suggested questions directed to station managers in the voluntary interviews include, “What is the news philosophy of the station?” and “How much does community input influence news coverage decisions?”
One of the FCC’s own members, Ajit Pai, who was appointed in 2012 by President Obama, panned the study in a recent Wall-Street Journal op-ed. That followed a December letter sent by 16 congressional Republicans to the new chairman, Tom Wheeler, urging him to stop what they called an “attempt to engage the FCC as the ‘news police.’”
Blogmeister Translation Service:
Prevent over the air local eyeball news from doing news stories about black crime.