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InsiderOnline Blog: October 2008

How Dare They Use Information from the Government to Explain What the Government Is Doing!

Apparently, the Left doesn’t even need a Fairness Doctrine to be able to silence commentary it doesn’t like. There are already laws on the books that allow it to do that—like Section 507 of the Communications Act of 1934. Of course! Rowan Scarborough has the report at Human Events:  

The FCC has sent letters to some of the nation’s most prominent military analysts – some of them pro-President Bush and pro-war – suggesting they may have broken the law when they appeared on television stations to comment on and explain the war on terrorism. …

In the analysts case, the FCC is looking at the practice of the Pentagon providing exclusive briefings on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to retired military officers, who would then use the information on the air.

In the Oct. 2 letters to 19 analysts and various TV networks, the FCC cited a New York Times article which accused the analysts of receiving the Pentagon information in exchange for positive commentary on the air. The letters, signed by Hillary S. DeNigro, chief of the agency’s investigations and hearings division, said such an arrangement might violate the Communications Act of 1934.

The FCC sent the letters after receiving a complaint from Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro, (D-Conn.) and Rep. John Dingell, (D-Mich.). …

“In their complaint, Representatives DeLauro and Dingell express concern that the analysts and [TV stations] may have failed to disclose this exchange of consideration to the stations, as required by section 507 of the Communications Act of 1934,” said the FCC letter. “They also suggest that the stations may have aired your commentary without making appropriate sponsorship identification announcements at the time such material was aired, as required” by the act.

Posted on 10/31/08 10:45 AM by Alex Adrianson

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