cnn-600x320The first amendment of the Bill of Rights states that “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom… of the press.” The words are clear and understood, but what if it’s not Congress trying to control the press? What happens when the President and departments of the executive branch go around the Bill of Rights and begin controlling the news stories that the free press presents to the people?  New documents reveal devious controls to be carried out through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In an attempt to control freedom of the press, the FCC has authored an investigation called the “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs” (CIN) initiative. Proposed last May, the CIN initiative was proposed to gather information from television and radio broadcasters “to ascertain the process by which stories are selected.” Additionally, the information is collected to be used to designate “station priorities” to monitor content production quality and the populations served. Furthermore CIN initiative is designated to eliminate perceived station bias and regulate “perceived percent of news dedicated to each of the eight [critical information needs] and perceived responsiveness to under-served populations.” This plan could result in FCC agents visiting newsrooms. The FCC has identified what they believe are eight critical information needs, or key topics that the government thinks should be covered by news outlets. More