FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai is warning against his own agency’s planned study of America’s newsrooms, saying “government doesn’t have a place in the newsroom.”
Appearing on Greta Van Susteren’s TV show on Thursday, Pai explained that under the planned study the FCC would oversee an outside contractor as researchers gathered information. The study would seek to “figure out why they cover the stories that they do,” Pai said.
The FCC commissioner went public with the story because he says he was “concerned about what this implicated for our First Amendment values.”
Following the public outcry, the head of the FCC promised to remove questions about “news philosophy and editorial judgement,” however, Pai is still against the study and has concerns about what it would mean to press freedom.
“You’d have to be out of your mind to have proposed this in the first place,” Van Susteren said.
Pai, a government official, then proclaimed that the “government doesn’t have a place in the newsroom.” He also revealed that study was designed and adopted under previous leadership.
Watch the segment here: