Thursday, February 27, 2014

FCC's Clyburn Defends Getting Nosey In Newsrooms

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn
A Democrat on the Federal Communications Commission is defending the agency’s controversial study of newsroom practices, according to The Hill.

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, who designed the initial study as acting FCC chairman last year, said the study of newsroom practices was an attempt by the agency to better understand, not control, the industries it regulates, including the news industry.

Speaking at a Media Institute event Wednesday, Clyburn said those fears were overblown.

"The goal for this study is to give us a better ... foundation for the decisions that are before us. It will be very difficult to make any type of sound regulatory decision … in a data vacuum," she said.

“Understanding the markets that we regulate is necessary, it is critical and it is urgent."

Clyburn pushed back against the vocal critics of the agency and the study who claim that it is an attempt to influence news outlets.

“I would never, ever, ever be a part of any effort to chill speech, shape the news or influence” those gathering the news, she said.

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