Correct me if I'm wrong, but this sort of effort would have resulted in shrieks of outrage rather than virtual silence from the media.
The Labor Department has backed off a plan to force news agencies to use government-issued computers and other equipment to report on jobless reports and other key economic data, following a GOP-led House hearing this week, according to several published reports.
Agency officials have said they want reporters who analyze, then write about economic reports inside their so-called “lock up” room to use U.S. computers, software and Internet lines so the government can further protect against such potential security breaches as hacking.
But the plan also resulted in cries about potential free-speech violations and the government now having computer access to news agencies.
As Dafydd points out at Big Lizards, what this would do would be to give the Labor Department the ability to "supervise" the news as it was being written, make "corrections" of stories that didn't fit with the spin preferred by the Administration, and potentially block negative stories from reaching the public at all until significantly after the stories that meet with Administration approval have already established the narrative. Oh, and I see one other potential abuse of the First Amendment as well -- the Administration could simply exclude any reporter or media outlet from using the secure equipment, effectively barring them from access to the economic data until after the government-endorsed version of the economic news has been disseminated.