The Federal Communications Commission—whose transactions and meetings are covered regularly by Radio and Television Business Report and other industry publications—recently dropped a lump of coal into the pre-Christmas stocking of Talk Radio: a little item titled the “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs.”
Tucked away in the bowels of that seemingly innocuous project is a provision for the FCC to seek (as analyzed by website The Daily Beast) “a remarkably wide range of information on demographics, point of view, news topic selection, management style and other factors in news organizations both in and out of the FCC’s traditional purview.”
That vision—a real or imagined conspiracy—of the Federal government’s clammy hands rifling through radio news organization files or surveying “management style” is so Orwellian in nature as to be laughable. But with charges of the Obama Administration’s NSA spying on civilians, 2013’s government “review” of the phone records of Associated Press reporters, and the now documented lying by President Obama himself in promising Americans they could “keep your health plan” while knowing full well that millions would not be able to….who can safely say what can be dismissed anymore?
Welcome to conservative Talk Radio in the Obama era.