The Federal Communications Commission is backing off on a plan that would put monitors in newsrooms after critics called the idea intrusive and an attack on the First Amendment. This is a big victory for the First Amendment. The FCC has announced that it is not going to send researchers hired by the government into news rooms across the country. Any study that the FCC does in any market will not require media owners, news directors or journalists to answer any intrusive questions about editorial judgment. The study design was closely intruding on one of the core First Amendment principles. No matter where you stand on political issues it's important that we all understand what our Constitution means when it says, "The press shall be free." The FCC says that studies will not be going forward until a new study design is finalized, and any future research plans will not involve interviews with media owners, news directors, or reporters. That's good news for the industry as well as viewers.
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