A ‘Special Report’ panel today discussed a proposed FCC study, which would send government monitors into newsrooms across the country. The study was brought to the public’s attention by FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, who published an op-ed about it in the Wall Street Journal.

“As if the IRS and the EPA and the NLRB haven’t done enough damage, the FCC now has to trample on what rights are remaining,” Charles Krauthammer said. “This is an outrage disguised as a study.”


FCC Commissioner: ‘Government Has No Place in the Newsroom’


In a statement, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said, “The Commission has no intention of regulating political or other speech of journalists or broadcasts by way of this research design, any resulting study, or through any other means. The research design is a precursor to any formal study. If used in any way, its goal would be similar to those of past reports seeking to identify whether potential market barriers exist and, if so, whether those barriers affect diversity of media voices.”

Krauthammer said there are more media today than in the history of mankind, “including cave drawings.” He said the House of Representatives should pass a law withholding every penny from any such study.