It's a government agency that most people know little about, but a growing partisan divide could make the FCC "Enemy #1" of free speech.
The Federal Communications Commission is has five commissioners appointed by the president, who is allowed to appoint three from his party and two from across the aisle. Of late, President Obama's three liberals have been shutting down the two conservatives, even vetoing their proposals and then re-introducing the exact same language as their own.
Dan Gainor of Media Research Center explains why it's a dangerous place to play politics in the FCC. "What's at stake is the entire future of communication," he summarizes. "Everything that we do now goes through the FCC – that's the Internet, that's TV, that's radio."
He adds: "That's a scary place if you're conservative, because the FCC is not."
Gainor fears the FCC could have conservative news organizations in their sights, the objective being "to legislate them and bureaucrat them to death."
"They're going to force them to cover things that they know their audience doesn't care about," the MRC spokesman continues. "They're going to force them to track and monitor things in such detail that the solution is they won't cover politics [and] they won't cover controversial issues."
It may even be part of the president's legacy-building agenda. "His ideas of change in the FCC get to the very heart of free speech," Gainor alleges. "The left wants to dominate the speech agenda for everyone."
And that, he notes, is another reason it's important to elect a conservative president in November.