Shine a light on even the most aggressive rats and they will retreat to their hidey-holes — for now. The FCC has suspended its outrageously intrusive Critical Information Needs program, which means the bureaucrats are pulling back on it until the publicity dies down, at which point they will push forward again. That publicity was conspicuously lacking from certain key corners. This time the light was shined upon not only the rat, but its enablers. As NewsBusters reported Friday:
On Thursday, Kyle Drennen at NewsBusters noted that none of the three broadcast networks had covered the intent of the Federal Communications Commission, in the words of Byron York at the Washington Examiner, to “send government contractors into the nation’s newsrooms to determine whether journalists are producing articles, television reports, Internet content, and commentary that meets the public’s ‘critical information needs.’”
Given that the nets take many of their new prioritization cues from the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, and to a lesser extent from the New York Times, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that searches at the self-described “essential global news network” and at the Old Gray Lady indicate that neither outlet has covered it.
This is why we need alternative information sources of the type CIN appears intended to eradicate. You cannot rely on the central pillars of the information establishment to report anything that does not advance the hard left agenda.
It isn’t that AP and the New York Times are willing to feed the crocodile in hopes that it will eat them last. The AP and the New York Times are the crocodile. The federal government is effectively an extension of the radically liberal media establishment, which does not exist to inform but to control.
On a tip from JusttheTipHQ. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.