Via Big Government:
Will someone please get West Virginia Democrat Senator Jay Rockefeller and Texas Democrat Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee some Zicam?
The afflicted Senator Rockefeller was chairing yesterday’s television retransmission hearings when his self-described “little bug” caused him to swerve off on a censorship tangent:
Rockefeller: “I hunger for quality news. I’m tired of the right and the left. There’s a little bug inside of me which wants to get the FCC (Federal Communications Committee) to say to Fox and to MSNBC “Out. Off. End. Goodbye.” Would be a big favor to political discourse, our ability to do our work here in Congress and to the American people to be able to talk with each other and have some faith in their government and more importantly in their future. We need slimmed down channel packages that better respect what we really want to watch.”
So the Chairman of the relevant (Commerce, Science, and Transportation) Senate Committee has a “little bug” which causes him to wish to grant the FCC sweeping new powers – because they do not currently regulate cable television – that would then allow it to throw Fox News, MSNBC and whomever else the likes of Senator Censorship wishes off the air.
Clearly the Senator’s condition causes him to forget or forego the First Amendment.
I would imagine the Senator’s little bug was agitated by the November 2nd election results. Which is when the American people – with more media outlets from which to choose than ever before – made the uber-informed decision to throw his Party out of the majority in the House and diminish its majority in his Senate.
Let us now flashback to November 12, when Texas Democrat Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee exhibited symptoms of having an older variant strain of Senator Rockefeller’s little bug. Appearing on the MSNBC the Senator wishes to see removed from the airwaves, the Congresswoman and her host, Equine Ed Schultz, had the following exchange:
Equine Ed Schultz: “How are we going to make any progress if there’s somebody out on all these radio stations across America who is allowed to basically get away with racist comments, never challenged on it, and it goes into the ears of impressionable people – low information voters – who say “Yeah, that’s the way the Democrats really are.” I mean, I don’t want to say “Should there be a law against this” BUT where’s the decency? There isn’t any.”
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX): “That’s, you know, a very good question. As you well know, the Fairness Doctrine exists no more. It was interpreted that that was stifling the First Amendment. It might be worthy of a debate again. Because without the Fairness Doctrine, of course, there’s a wide latitude of the use of language that is provoking, provocative and insulting. You’re right.”
Equine Ed Schultz: “How about a decency law that says you can’t make racist comments on the air? I mean, there’s right and there’s wrong. We’re afraid to say what’s right and wrong anymore, what’s decent and indecent.”
Ahh yes, that old chestnut the “Fairness” Doctrine. Which is like malaria; good and sensible people eradicated the disease, but do-gooder Leftists didn’t like the manner in which we did so – DDT and a return to First Amendment principles, respectively – so we are always in danger of a return of that particular little bug.
Fox News really sticks in the craws of haughty politicians. They don’t like having their opinions, actions, and voting habits questioned by the unwashed masses. Cable provides access to a wide spectrum of information and debate. I like Fox News because of its political and factual alternatives to the left-wing talking heads on NBC, CBS, ABC, and MSNBC. The liberal media cabal had control over the mainstream media, including major U.S. newspapers, for decades. The advent of internet blogging along with cable news has provided a counterpoint to the ultra-liberal spiel, and provided a platform for direct confrontation with the MSM and the leftwing’s tactic of molding opinion to suit their agenda.
When bat-shit crazy politicians and media hacks lament over “low information voters”, how the cable news outlets affect “their ability to do their work in Congress”, and the Fairness Doctrine, you know that the public light is shining a bit too bright for these cockroaches.
Obama’s “Communication Diversity Czar” in the FCC, has the same idea:
Mark Lloyd, chief diversity officer of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), called for a “confrontational movement” to combat what he claimed was control of the media by international corporations and to re-establish the regulatory power of government through robust public broadcasting and a more powerful FCC.
……For those who think any or all of these recommendations might infringe on the free speech rights of broadcasters, Lloyd says his concern is not the “exaggerated” concerns over the First Amendment.
“It should be clear by now that my focus here is not freedom of speech or the press,” he said. “This freedom is all too often an exaggeration. At the very least, blind references to freedom of speech or the press serve as a distraction from the critical examination of other communications policies.”
So does socialist wackjob George Soros, who has a Citizen Kane obsession with Fox and Glenn Beck:
I like the fact that MSNBC is a showcase for moonbats; it puts their idiocy on full display so that the public can judge for itself the merits of its usefulness as a news network. Fox News presents the facts and information that MSNBC conveniently omits, or rather, refuses to discuss.
Information on politicians’ “work” can no longer be monopolized by a few powerful news networks, who were accustomed to being unquestioned and unchallenged.
Get used to it, Jay.