Call to ArmsEdit
In "Call to Arms", Jake Sisko actually says he's become a correspondent of the Starfleet News Service as opposed to the script, where he joins the Federation News Service. Could someone check the Season 6 episodes to see which term he uses there? Kennelly 13:31, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
I think pretty much the entire background section (except the last paragraph) should be removed. The whole section is built upon rebutting an unwarranted statement that a service called the "Federation News Service" is somehow ominous. There is absolutely no reason from canon to assume it is a mouthpiece for the Federation or that it is the only news service. The examples just point out how irrelevant and speculative the initial comment was in the first place. – Cleanse ( talk | contribs ) 09:37, September 14, 2010 (UTC)
I removed the section. Lets just state that it's status is unclear and leave it at that. For future reference, the removed text is below:
- While it is possible that FNS may be an agency of the Federation government, it seems somewhat ominous to think that the Federation government is essentially managing one of the major news agencies in the UFP.
- On the other hand, an analogous organization in the United Kingdom – the BBC – is consistently critical of the British government; similarly, the Voice of America (VOA) aims to provide neutral and objective news service despite being funded by the United States government. Indeed, many countries maintain state-funded but independent broadcasting organizations. There is also precedent in military contexts for official news organs with a tradition of independence, as exemplified by the feud between US General George Patton and the military newspaper Stars and Stripes.
- It is also possible that the Federation News Service is actually a private organization, in much the same way that the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), the American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), and Federal Express are not agencies of the United States Government.
- Fair enough. —Josiah Rowe 02:07, September 15, 2010 (UTC)