February 21, 2014
Honorable Ralph M. Hall
2405 Rayburn H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515-0001
Subject: FCC Plans to ‘Study’ newsrooms to “figure out why they cover the stories that they do”
First of all, I acknowledge the fact that the FCC, due to public outcry, has withdrawn its plan to “monitor” newsrooms, but one must understand this president has no compunction from abuse of power. He pulls back now, but will move forward another time.
What President Barack Obama clearly intended to do was censor by way of intimidation conservative television newscasts and probably conservative radio broadcasts, too.
Thankfully, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai sounded the alarm, signalling he is not willing to violate the Constitution of the United States of America.
We owe a debt of gratitude to FCC Commissioner Pai for opposing abuse of his agency’s authority. This tactic of the Obama administration, if allowed to go forward, would violate the First Amendment. Mr.Pai understood this and elected to stand between us and more Obama tyranny.
When created by the Communications Act of 1934, and as amended by the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the role of the FCC was to regulate use of radio spectrum and it has done so very well.
This agency was not created to govern or limit criticism of government.
Congressman, obviously this is an agency whose budget is ripe for cutting. Federal spending must be curtailed. Public indebtedness has grown astronomically over the last five years, to the point of being unsustainable.
I call on you to propose a review of the FCC budget to learn how much it can be reduced without diminishing its core purpose of regulating public communications.