WASHINGTON, D.C. The Federal Communications Commission has abandoned a plan to place government monitors in newsrooms and ask probing questions of news gatherers at least for now.
Under the plan, the FCC would have asked questions about why journalists cover what they do and ignore topics some in government might consider crucial.
Some First Amendment defenders, though, are worried this threat to freedom of the press may not be completely dead.
"It's important to stay vigilant," Matthew Clark, an attorney with the American Center for Law and Justice, said.
Clark viewed the FCC plan as both intimidating and a threat to the protections offered by the First Amendment.
"It protects the American people from having a federal government that would promote its own agenda through the press, forcing the press to cover the stories that it wants it to cover, that it believes that the American people need to know about," he said.