UPDATE: The FCC announced a hold to the program:
Chairman [Tom] Wheeler agreed that survey questions in the study directed toward media outlet managers, news directors, and reporters overstepped the bounds of what is required. Last week, Chairman Wheeler informed lawmakers that that Commission has no intention of regulating political or other speech of journalists or broadcasters and would be modifying the draft study. Yesterday, the Chairman directed that those questions be removed entirely.
Gotta love a win, even if it might be temporary. /UPDATE
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO — I have a rather unique position in media. I am 33 and have 30 years’ experience in radio broadcast.
I grew up around radio and its personalities. I can tell you the great things the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine did, and the damage that the ensuing corporateers caused to the field.
Now there is impending implementation of the massive survey called “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs (CIN)” for the FCC. The commissioner is Mignon Clyburn — daughter of House Democratic Rep. James Clyburn and headed by the Social Solutions International Inc. (SSI).
The task will place government “researchers” (or agents) in media outlets nationally to ask questions about newsroom philosophy and demographics.
The media mouths are freaking out, and rightly so. see more…