FCC’s “Public Value Test”: An Essential Step To Dictatorship

December 20, 2010 08:05

Anyone who thinks government can create diversity is out of their minds. Government represents uniformity, command and control … not diversity and choice.

Dr. Michael Hurd at Capitalism Magazine


Michael Copps, of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has suggested a “public value test” to determine who should, and should not, hold licenses for television and radio.

Read this as: Shut down Fox News. But there’s a much bigger and important principle at stake than Fox News. It’s called freedom of speech.

If this doesn’t sound like Soviet Russia, Nazi Germany or any other totalitarian state, I don’t know what does.

What are the criteria for passing a public value test? “Diversity,” as the government defines it. What this means, in practice, is: Left-wing programming must be instituted where it is absent.

In other words, private broadcasting will start to look a lot like NPR and public television — or the raging liberal MSNBC, if you prefer.


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