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Tom Wheeler refutes Republican fears that the FCC wants to be the ‘news police’

21
Feb
2014

FCC chair Tom Wheeler has refuted accusations that a new commission study is an attempt to strong-arm television, newspaper, and internet news organizations into changing their coverage. Last week, Wheelers fellow commissioner Ajit Pai accused the FCC of meddling with media outlets, citing an upcoming field test of its Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs. The studys stated purpose is to identify how the overall media landscape covers critical information in a variety of categories and markets. A new Fairness Doctrine is a recurring concern In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Pai cited a number of questions the FCC plans to ask various outlets.

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