Disclosure Rule The First Step Toward Quotas

The FCC’s proposed disclosure rules, which would require stations to detail the kinds of programming they air and post the info on their websites, should be fought tooth and nail by broadcasters. What the regulators want are statistics that they can use to hang over stations in the form of a programming quotas at license renewal time. And a quota is nothing but a mandate. It’s the federal government telling stations what programming they must air, and that slams right into broadcasters’ First Amendment rights.