Groups want FCC to police hate speech on talk radio, cable news networks

(TheHill) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is being urged to monitor “hate speech” on talk radio and cable broadcast networks.

A coalition of more than 30 organizations argue in a letter to the FCC that the Internet has made it harder for the public to separate the facts from bigotry masquerading as news.

The groups also charge that syndicated radio and cable television programs “masquerading as news” use hate as a profit model.

“As traditional media have become less diverse and less competitive, they have also grown less responsible and less responsive to the communities that they are supposed to serve,” the organizations wrote to the FCC. “In this same atmosphere hate speech thrives, as hate has developed as a profit-model for syndicated radio and cable television program masquerading as ‘news.'”

The organizations, which include Free Press, the Center for Media Justice, the Benton Foundation and Media Alliance, also argue that the anonymity of the Web gives ammunition to those that would spread hate.

The groups did not mention any specific programming on the right or the left in their letter, which supports a petition filed by the National Hispanic Media Coalition last year requesting a probe of the relationship between hate speech and hate crimes.

The groups argue the Internet has made it harder for the public to separate the facts from bigotry masquerading as news.

“The Internet gives the illusion that news sources have increased, but in fact there are fewer journalists employed now than ever before. Moreover, on the Internet, speakers can hide in the cloak of anonymity, emboldened to say things that they may not say in the public eye.”

“For these reasons, as the Commission deliberates how the public interest will be served in the digital age, it should consider the extent of hate speech in media, and its effects.”

Source: The Hill

3 thoughts on “Groups want FCC to police hate speech on talk radio, cable news networks

  1. What a pile of crap! The accusations against emerging new media should be directed at the old mainstream media. The are the linchpin for the promotion of hatred. But I would not suggest jailing the mainstream for expressing their hatred and contempt for people. Conspiracy to commit treason – certainly.

  2. So, will the monitor the LIES that Obummer spouts off about? He calls returning servicemen “terrorists”?

  3. Never mind that the internet news services rose in tandem with the deliberate, misleading and outright deceptive lies of the MSM. They identify themselves as traitorous by calling on the FDA corporation to regulate anything. Giving the FDA some undeserved authority over anything is beyond ludicrous… and we know it.

    This is just advance notice of their intent to cut off our ability to do anything but guess what the truth is. Wanna bet that our best guess is that anything opposite of what these clowns put out is maybe touching on truth?

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