After a public outcry and charges of tyranny, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided to scrap plans to conduct an intrusive news media "study" -- for now at least.
The director of the agency agreed with several FCC commissioners that the study represented overreach and unnecessary intrusion into the exercise of freedom of the press.
While this represents a victory for liberty oriented groups, the agency left the door open for the study to be resurrected but in a different manner. FCC spokesmen stated that if the study is resumed it will not focus on questionaires aimed at editors, reporters, corporate personnel, general managers, or news directors.
Thus, the situation bears constant watch. Even if the FCC is not directly involved, the scuttlebutt is that the DOJ is delving into making rules for the news media.