What Was the FCC Newsroom ‘Survey’ Really About?

Byron York, Washington Examiner, February 24, 2014

When controversy erupted over the FCC’s now-suspended plan to question journalists in newsrooms around the country, some conservative critics saw a grossly unconstitutional attempt to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine. Others saw a grossly unconstitutional attempt to press the Obama administration agenda on a broad range of issues. But the FCC’s action may have, in fact, been something different: an attempt–still grossly unconstitutional in its method–to lay a foundation for a new government push to increase minority ownership of the nation’s media outlets.

A key advocate of the project to assess whether news organizations are meeting government-defined “critical information needs” was Mignon Clyburn, an Obama-appointed FCC commissioner and for part of last year the acting chair of the FCC. Clyburn, who is the daughter of powerful House Democratic Rep. James Clyburn, has long advocated more minority ownership in the media. But she has often reminded colleagues that to make the case for policies that would increase minority ownership, proponents need more empirical information to support their contention that more diverse ownership would be better than what exists today. {snip}

The “critical information needs,” or CIN, study appears to have been an effort to gather material to support Clyburn’s position. “The FCC needs better data ‘hard and fast’ to create policy that would increase the number of minority-owned broadcast stations, said acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn at the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters conference,” reported the trade publication Communications Daily last October. The article went on: “Clyburn . . . briefed attendees on several proposals at the FCC and in Congress that might address the difficulties of minority broadcasters, but she said the FCC’s collection of data is a prerequisite for changes. ‘A complete picture of the media landscape is necessary to entertain . . . any major policy adjustment in the short term,’ she said.”


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  • sbuffalonative

    “…lay a foundation for a new government push to increase minority ownership of the nation’s media outlets.”

    Give them to them. Then we can sit back and watch as they run these franchises into the ground.

    How many shows can they produce about the suffering of the black man can people be expected to want to watch?

    • D.B. Cooper

      If I don’t see the GOP, other than Jan Brewer and company, do something, I will be voting for any democrat running against any republican who reminds me of you-know-who.

      • SFLBIB

        “I will be voting for any democrat running against any republican who reminds me of you-know-who.”

        Great solution that only helps elect someone even further from your personal convictions.

    • Nancy Thomas

      We already get at least one slave movie a week! Blech!!!

      • dd121

        And between the slave movies we get holocaust movies. The propaganda just never stops. Who goes to see this crap?

    • Dave4088

      Really. We’ll have 12 years a slave, 18 years a slave, 24 years a slave, The Butler I, II, III, The Butler Unchained, etc.

      • BonV.Vant

        in the end we will have shows such as “ghetto wars” and “Candid Camera Knockout” and “I-Hop Beat Downs” and “top Ho beatdown” and “Oh NO You Dih’in!”. All shows that would satisfy the yearning of blacks for gratuitous cruelty. Here is a very insightful description of their nature taken from the article “Morality and Abstract thinking, How Africans may differ from westerners””

        “……..At the slightest provocation their blood-lust is aroused. And then they want to see death, and they jeer and mock at the suffering involved, especially the suffering of a slow and agonizing death.”

        Such a people would have “The Joys of Cannibal Cooking” on their food networks, and the majority of those shows would be about the best ways to torture your victim before you kill and cook him.

  • Dalliance

    Should whites become the minority in this country, would they be able to to push their own racial agendas under the guise of multiculturalism? Most likely they’d be perceived as eternal threats to “multiculturalism” and further threatened and reduced. The bright lights of liberalism would never see their actions as racism, even down to the last white child who remained in existence.

    • Nancy Thomas

      I’m convinced they won’t be happy until we report to work in the cotton fields.

      • D.B. Cooper

        That will never happen, Whites will pull a Marie Antoinette and a Nicholas Romanov on the white ruling elitists who gave blacks the illusion that they have any actual power.

        • Nancy Thomas

          I hope you’re right but…our police force has been militarized and has tanks and armored vehicles, the DHS bought a billion hollow points, the NSA watches our every move, drones are flying overhead, we suffer constant attacks on free speech and gun rights….that despicable Rachel Maddow gleefully blurted out, “Well rednecks what good are your guns if we have TANKS?”

          I think white people better wake their asses up NOW, because when the pan of water has already been boiling for a long time it’s already too late for the frog.

          • Guns against tanks in battle are of limited value. But guns used to assassinate the enemy’s leaders and families have high value. Maddow is a dummy.

          • Brian

            I’m an electrical engineer and could build my own programmable drone if I want, with GPS, infrared/zoom, and other…more interesting accoutrements. Maddow shouldn’t be quite so smug.

          • Guest

            You know what a redneck ex-soldier thinks when he sees an undisciplined bunch of minority government troops with a tank? Thanks for bringing me a tank.

          • Excellent!

          • Tanks are useless against the same urban infrastructure you require to keep your war of oppression going. I wouldn’t look to some MSM pervert talking head for cogent discussions on war strategy. 😉

          • Sangraal

            ‘….that despicable Rachel Maddow gleefully blurted out, “Well rednecks what good are your guns if we have TANKS?”‘
            Liberals usually like to project a veneer of being ‘against the grain’, ‘anti-establishment’, and ‘free-thinking’. But here Maddow has betrayed the fact that she is wholly aligned with the establishment, and that they share a common contempt for the European peoples of America.

          • And since when did Rachel Maddow and the MSNBC Gang start loving the military all of a sudden?

            “We” have tanks? I didn’t know Rachel Maddow could commandder a whole armored cavalry division. Or, maybe she does, with one phone call to Obama. Or maybe we now know what “women in combat” and “gays in the military” is really all about: Both go back to lesbians. Which in turns goes back to Rachel Maddow.

          • WhiteGuyInJapan

            ‘….that despicable Rachel Maddow gleefully blurted out, “Well rednecks what good are your guns if we have TANKS?”‘
            Sorry, where is this line from? Anyone got a link. I don’t live in Upper Mexico anymore and don’t follow American news much.

          • Sangraal

            I was just quoting Nancy Thomas above. I gather Rachel Maddow is an MSNBC anchor. I don’t follow American news either.

  • dd121

    These people don’t want “debate”. They want complete totalitarian control then they’ll tell YOU what to do and think.

  • D.B. Cooper

    This is an example of what kind of Republican Party we have. The GOP is so pathetic, that it can’t even stop a racist Affirmative Action quota from being appointed to a very important post. But, as you guys would say, “At least the republicans aren’t as liberal as the democrats, so I’ll vote for them again.”
    Groan. Anyway, meet the beeeeutiful Fillet Mignon Clyburn.

    • IstvanIN

      Does she have a brother named Hock?

    • r j p

      Anybody else wonder how many times she’s been called Filet Mignon in bed?

      • RisingReich

        How many people lost their lunch after reading your post?
        At least one.

      • KevinPhillipsBong

        (Medium) rarely, I’d say.

  • T_Losan

    Why is it that proportional representation is only for cool jobs, ie business owner, fireman, executive etc, and never for fisherman, exterminator, or seamstress positions.

  • As usual, it’s up to me to translate bureaucratic duck speak into readable English.

    This was Rush Limbaugh quoting from an official CIN document last week:

    “Last May the FCC proposed an initiative to thrust the federal government into newsrooms across the country. With its ‘Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,’ or CIN, the agency plans to send researchers to grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run. A field test in Columbia, S.C., is scheduled to begin this spring. The purpose of the CIN, according to the FCC, is to ferret out information from television and radio broadcasters about ‘the process by which stories are selected’ and how often stations cover ‘critical information needs,’ along with ‘perceived station bias’ and ‘perceived responsiveness to underserved populations.’”

    Bold emphasis mine.

    What does that mean?

    We know the national media will censor and cover up brutal black on white and non-white on white and black on other non-white hate crimes. The only reason our sorts of websites, AR, CofCC, Stormfront, New Nation News, Nicholas Stix, Irate Irishman, and many others, even know about them, is that the local eyeball newscasts report on them in the areas where they occur, and even then they soft soap a lot of the details. Even though the night has a thousand eyes, and one of our people in the area can provide the necessary translation and filling in the blanks. But if Obama and Mignon Clyburn deploy commissars to newsrooms to monitor “perceived station bias and perceived responsiveness to underserved populations,” what that means is that they’re going to pressure news rooms and news directors of local eyeball newscasts not to report on black crime, so that we’ll have absolutely no clue.

    • Thank you for mentioning the websites. I had not heard of New Nations News and Irate Irishman. Any others you recommend?

      • Countenance Blog, if you can stand the snark.

        Occidental Dissent, though not necessarily for the daily digest from the goings-on in Bell Curve City, but for a lot of other things. Among which, Hunter Wallace is doing an almost daily history lesson about the Caribbean.

        • Kenner

          Countenance blog is yours, right?

      • Alexandra1973

        Angry White Dude is one I visit.

        • I know RedStaterNYC who writes over there sometimes comments here as ExMachina.

      • So CAL Snowman


        also Zerohedge(dot)com (not a race/ideology site, but a must read each and every day if you want to know whats going on in the world)

      • bilderbuster

        SBPDL & The White Network.

      • Kenner

        The Brit tabloid the Daily Mail covers black-on-white crimes that our media hush up.
        The Daily Kenn is very good.

    • sbuffalonative

      It’s all about getting news outlets to toe the line on how race issues are covered by the media. Coercion and outright intimidation.

    • SFLBIB

      “What does that mean?”

      To make sure the “correct” propaganda, and only the “correct” propaganda, gets to the oppressed peoples of color in ever increasing doses.

  • thomas edward

    Dollars to donuts, the “minority owned” are just fronts White who’re trying to put their snouts in the public trough

  • Spartacus

    I fully support this. The more things put in the hands of dark-skins, the faster they sink. And the MSM is the main instrument for the brainwashing of Whites, both in the US and in the rest of the world .

    • D.B. Cooper

      The next step is a republican not afraid to point out democrat failure, and have a big picture of the failed black democrat in the background. It seems like the only organization who has shown a backbone in recent weeks was the Washington Redskins.

  • Pro_Whitey

    This is an illustration of why a GOP candidate pushing an end to affirmative action, on top of immigration control/enforcement and balancing our international trade, could whip anyone the left could throw against him. Is anyone out there willing to pick up these issues and run with them? I am hoping Jeff Sessions of Alabama does.

    • Geo1metric

      I like most of Sessions’ positions, but alas, he’s too short to be president. So is Rand. Those things actually matter to lots and lots of low-info voters.

      • bilderbuster

        FDR was in a wheelchair for crying out loud & Ross Perot is a shorty so that’s not a very good reason.

        • Strider73

          There was no such thing as TV in FDR’s time. His handlers and the media did everything they could to downplay his condition. While that condition was common knowledge, few news photos or newsreels showed him in his wheelchair.

          • bilderbuster

            It’s true the media covered for FDR big time but Perot was a feisty little runt & people loved him. I really don’t care if Sessions is short as long as he wants to give the Mexicans the boot he’s my kind of guy.

      • Pro_Whitey

        So far the big Dem prospects look to be Hillary! and Deval Patrick. Sessions would stack up well against either, and I think his height might even be a plus, because he would not tower over them and appear to intimidate them. The press will find some way to spin his height against him, I’m sure, but I remain for the moment hopeful.

  • I don’t even think any of this is really about black ownership of media outlets. Because when it comes to that, Obama would have to step on the toes of another constituency group that voted for him 83% in 2008 and 68% in 2012. He’d have to take media outlets away from any number of Jewish individuals and firms and give them to black individuals and firms. I think it’s all about completely censoring news about black crime.

    • I agree with you conclusion. Obamunnist wants more anti-white propaganda to be broadcast, while censoring unpleasant realities plaguing the Kenyan.

      • Or maybe there’s another consideration.

        Maybe this is about the ownership issue a little bit. Like I said, neither Obama nor any other Democrat is going to be in the mood for expropriating media properties away from one loyal Democrat constituency group to give them to another loyal Democrat constituency group. But we could end up with a situation where affirmative action Rufus gets to be CEO of Time-Warner for a few years, at which time he’ll boast that “Shazaam shawty I owns and runs da media,” all the while, Abe, Chaim and Jonah are in the background rolling their eyes and/or snickering.

    • RisingReich

      I love how certain posters can name names, but if I do I get deleted quick as lightning.
      Kosher site here.

  • Dave4088

    I read where the stated purpose of this FCC survey was designed to see if news stations were meeting the needs of the “under served” which to me was just code for black and brown. I already thought MSNBC was co-owned by the New Black Panther Party and La Raza given the 24/7 anti-white bombast that emanates from that network and Sharpton has his own show.

    • Jesse James

      I’m white and I feel pretty under served by the media.

  • Don’t forget the Mexicans. Blacks are going to the back of the bus again as the Demorats new favorite pets are the Mexicans. ” Amigos, we cannot understands zee englize, so you must learn zee Messican talk.” More spanish language broadcasts, actors, story lines, etc. are surely on Obammunist’s agenda.

    • The Verdict of History

      Why might this be so?

      The assault on the English language is yet another way in which the Left can DELIBERATELY segment and balkanize this already fragmented “country”…

      Further diversification undermines whatever national unity still remains in America…

      As Peter Brimlow often says, Homogeneity of ANY kind is now savagely demonized by the Left.

      Even those national characteristics which are very elemental and benign in nature – like language (which is so essential to maintaining any kind of national unity and coherence) – are to be totally dismantled and “diversified”….

      In a country which has already been destabilized by numerous sources of tension along racial, religious, ethnic, socio-economic, regional and ideological lines…

      …. eroding the preeminence of the last unifying element – the English language – would be the ultimate act of national suicide.

      This is a final nail in the coffin.

  • r j p

    Mignon Clyburn?

    Enough has been said already.
    And it appears she is a member of the Fambily Job Program too.

  • IstvanIN

    They want no less than political observers to make sure only the “truth” as determined by the party is reported. The PRC does this all the time.

  • Kenner

    The ‘underserved’ —WT is all ‘Butlers’ now!

  • WR_the_realist

    Good grief. As if the mainstream media wasn’t already sufficiently anti-white.

  • Puggg

    Don’t worry. If all this means that the TV news won’t do the black crime stories, there’s always the police scanner. And there’s always your friendly toy dog who has become an AmRen regular at the bar who is nicely plugged into the cop gossip line around here, that line goes all the way up to the black ghettos of St. Louis.

    They’re going to have to get up pretty early in the morning to pull a fast one past me.

  • M&S

    Fallout people. Fallout. Look three steps down the road, not two.
    No black crime/social failure/drop out rates etc. = no more stats and reports to tell the world.
    And sites like this one move one step closer to ‘racist trash’ with only heresay and old news to report.
    Keep in mind, when someone hears ‘AmRen’ their first thought is not conservatism but bigotry and the ONLY thing we have on our side is the counter: “And of course this article isn’t from there, we only collect and collate are they ‘racist’ too…”
    These people are essentially burning books.
    And once there is a sufficient dearth of direness, they will force a Sunshine Of Spotless Mind outcome on all of us as the Internet equivalent of a Nero burning down Rome to build his palace.

  • Ograf

    It was a cruel joke, my being born in the middle of the last century. How I wish I could live a life free of the dangers and hatred of multiculturalism and diversity . Where the truth is a lie and there are people who demand that we see the truth as a lie also. How blind can these liberals be ?

  • Hunter Morrow

    The media outlets are already in minority ownership and have been for decades. They just Look White to the untrained eye and the closed mind.

  • Groovy

    Never forget the words “disparate impact”

  • Puggg

    If a certain something had not happened a few months ago, I was seriously considering running for a certain public office in 2016, and bringing in someone in my general area who we all know and love on AmRen (or maybe not love) as my campaign manager.

    It was an office not quite as prestigious or powerful as supreme ruler of the universe. No way.

  • Strider73

    Handguns can render tanks useless by killing their drivers, gunners and maintenance troops.

    Handguns can render planes, choppers & drones useless by killing their pilots and maintenance troops.

    Unlike infantry grunts, who are a quarter a dozen even after accounting for inflation, those people are highly trained, and therefore very difficult (if not impossible) to replace. An obvious fact going clear back to The War of the Worlds, but which totalitarian trash like Madcow never seem to grasp.