NYT: Defining Internet Openness Downward

The lead of the New York Times story today (12/2/10) on the FCC’s new internet plan:

The plan from the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission to ensure an open and neutral Internet drew mixed reviews on Wednesday from consumer advocates and Internet service providers, presenting the agency with an uncertain way forward as it considers new broadband regulation.

Of course, there are many who think the plan most assuredlydoes not “ensure an open and neutral Internet”–leading to some decidedly unmixed reviews. See the response from Free Press president Josh Silver, for instance: “FCC Chairman Announces Fake Net Neutrality Proposal.”

In an unrelated bonus, the Times offers a novel explanation for relying onan anonymous source:

Now, Mr. Genachowski thinks he has found a way around the court’s ruling, according to a senior FCC official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the chairman’s proposal was subject to change.

Well, if that’s the standard for granting anonymity–which would seem to violate Times policy–then sources can only be named when discussing events and policiesthat will never change. Like the Times‘ use of anonymity to shield the powerful from accountability, apparently.

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Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.