Or was that a wink? As others have pointed out, the FCC has backed off on their plan to swagger into the nation's radio, TV and newspaper newsrooms* and see if you and I have been missing out on news the FCC thinks we should see.
Or at least they say they have dropped the plan. Maybe it'll come back in some "kindler, gentler" form, only a little repackaged. And to think, the Federal legislation that prompted this fool mess simply requires the FCC to look to barriers to minority ownership of broadcast outlets. How's that require snooping into how stations cover the news? This isn't "mission creep," it's more like "mission gone wild."
* They don't actually regulate newspapers and print media has no tradition of having to make nice in that way, so it was going to be a real teaching-the-pig-to-sing moment and an open question who was the pig and who was the music teacher.
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