There was a serious revelation regarding the now-suspended and controversial FCC newsroom survey that was blatantly ignored by the mainstream media. Not only did the Federal Communications Commission plan to have government contractors question journalists about editorial decisions and practices, but it was also discovered that it was, indeed, a partisan motivated effort to stifle opposing opinion.
The plan, we now know, did in fact originate among Democrats on the FCC and, furthermore, the commission’s two Republican members didn’t even learn about it until the tyrannical plot was already in motion. The Democrats crafted and subsequently hid the grim details of the FCC newsroom survey from Republicans on the commission.
It has also been learned, though it is no longer surprising, the research used to justify the so-called “study” was completely one-sided.
The liberals on the FCC enlisted the help of scholars from two big, liberal journalism schools, including the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Communication and Democracy. The objective was to determine the “critical information needs” about which journalists would then be questioned.
The study, which was presented in July of 2012, listed five authors: Ernest J. Wilson III, Carola Weil, and Katherine Ognyanova from USC, Lewis Friedland from Wisconsin, and Philip Napoli from Fordham University. (Weil is now with American University.) Among the liberal panel of professors, a whopping 4 of the 5 were donors to President Obama and — no or — other Democratic campaigns.
According to Federal Election Commission records, USC professor Ernest J. Wilson III gave $3,300 to the Obama presidential campaign in 2007 and again in 2008. Fordham University Philip Napoli donated $500 to Obama in 2008, while then-USC and now-American University professor Carola Weil gave $250 in 2012. Wisconsin professor Lewis Friedland, whose fellow is the now-infamous Karen Kay Kirst-Ashman, whom we called out on PeoplesPunditDaily.com for writing propaganda in textbooks, gave $200 in 2012.
However, there are no contributions that we know of from Katherine Ognyanova from USC, who as a post-doctoral fellow led a team of graduate student researchers on the project.
It goes without saying that nothing at all is wrong with professors contributing to President Obama or other Democrats, or with Democrats exercising control on the FCC when there’s a Democratic president in the White House. However, this was clearly an effort to control and regulate the opposing views and constitutional-protected rights of American citizens. And in this case, the FCC newsroom survey was just the latest in a long line of disturbing efforts during the Obama administration to pull the levers of government to either harm or silence those who oppose authority.
If we, as Americans, cannot see anything dangerous about that, then we are already slaves. We are just waiting for it to become official.