Back when I was in high school we read George Orwell’s 1984. Most of us thought of it as great imaginative fiction and some may have contemplated how society might actually be moving in that general direction, but I don’t think anyone anticipated we would actually come to realize that world as our own country in our own lifetimes.

Mignon Clyburn, the daughter of House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, was nepotically appointed as acting head of the FCC by Obama in 2009. She has announced the latest government initiative to help “fundamentally transform” America; A “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,” which will interrogate media news outlets to ensure they are “meeting the needs” of the public. You won’t hear a peep about this in the mainstream media.

“The FCC has a duty to make sure that the industries it regulates serve the needs of the American public no matter where they live or what financial resources they have. The research design we announce today is an important next step in understanding what those needs are, how Americans obtain the information critical to their daily lives in a dynamic technological environment, and what barriers exist in our media ecologies to providing and accessing this information.” -Mignon Clyburn

Maryland-based Social Solutions International has been commissioned to conduct the study. Among the questions federal contractors will be asking of private media companies:

For media owners:

“What is the news philosophy of the station?”

For editors, producers and managers:

“Do you have any reporters or editors assigned to topic ‘beats’? If so how many and what are the beats?”

“Who decides which stories are covered?”

For reporters:

“Have you ever suggested coverage of what you consider a story with critical information for your customers (viewers, listeners, readers) that was rejected by management?” (Followup questions ask the reporter to speculate on why a particular story was spiked.)

Social Solutions International will be paid $917,823 for the study, which also questions news consumers about their habits and numerically codes news content according to how well, in the FCC’s view, it meets the “critical information needs” of particular “communities.”


Clearly, the emphasis is going to be on conservative talk radio; a medium the liberals have been feverishly trying to find a way to combat for years. How do I know? Read the question for the media owners. It clearly says, “what is the news philosophy of the station.” You see, newspapers and magazines are not really subject to interrogation by the FCC. They can tell them to go stick it where the sun don’t shine, and there isn’t much the FCC can do about it. But television and radio depend on FCC licensing, so they have to comply. Oh, it’s all cleverly designed to appear this is innocuous, objective and reasonable. They just harmlessly want to make sure our needs for information are being met and all.

No big deal.

So the Federal government is now going to be policing media information sources to ensure us sheeple are being “properly informed” of what is going on. So much for the 1st Amendment.