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August 13, 2008

FCC Chairman Fears Obama Regime Would Silence Blogs

Blogs have been a major thorn in the side of the left-wing mainstream media, exposing its lies, shining light on stories it wants to bury, and offering alternative points of view that undermine establishment propaganda. This may be one reason the MSM has labored so mightily to install Barack Obama in the White House. FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell explains:

Key quotes, via Business and Media Institute:

So you know, this election, if it goes one way, we could see a re-imposition of the Fairness Doctrine. There is a discussion of it in Congress. […] I think it will be called something else and I think it'll be intertwined into the net neutrality debate.

In other words, a new version of the Orwellian Fairness Doctrine would be used not just to hush Rush, but to censor the Internet. Another key quote:

Then, whoever is in charge of government is going to determine what is fair, under a so-called "Fairness Doctrine," which won't be called that — it'll be called something else. So, will Web sites, will bloggers have to give equal time or equal space on their Web site to opposing views rather than letting the marketplace of ideas determine that?

Imagine the people who run the DMV regulating every word published on blogs to impose conformity with their moonbatty conception of "fair." Good-bye blogosphere. But at least we'll always have fair and balanced PBS.

On a tip from Lyle.

Posted by Van Helsing at August 13, 2008 9:24 AM


Leftists will not have to worry about being shut up under Obamunism. Alpha Moonbat Robert Scheer claims Russia's invasion of Georgia is a conspiracy by the McCain Campaign.

If there were a moonbat Hall of Fame, Scheer would get his own wing.

Posted by: V the K at August 13, 2008 10:00 AM

Sheer is far from the only one spouting that theory. The web is stuffed right now with people claiming (somehow) that the Russian invasion of Georgia was a Republican/McCain plot.

Might be helpful if people started taking Russia's behavior seriously. We (the US and the west) are going to pay for our ennui-disinterest with the Russia/Georgia story for decades and decades. McCain is the only one who had it right but he is surrounded by 300 million turtles who retracted their heads back into their shells.

Posted by: mega at August 13, 2008 10:55 AM

The web is stuffed right now with people claiming (somehow) that the Russian invasion of Georgia was a Republican/McCain plot.

Have people always been this insane, or does the web just amplify the kook minority?

Another Moonbat: Linda Hirshman says "Hurray for Abortion!"

Posted by: V the K at August 13, 2008 11:25 AM

This is a good quote, too: A recent study by the Media Research Center’s Culture & Media Institute argues that the three main points in support of the Fairness Doctrine – scarcity of the media, corporate censorship of liberal viewpoints, and public interest – are myths. The study is here. Go read the summary at least; they've got it right.

So people think that liberal viewpoints are being suppressed by "evil corporations" in the media? Really? What media have they been paying attention to? And the part about the scarcity of media is farcical. The "public airwaves" mean next to nothing now, in this age of cable/satellite TV and high-speed internet. We have more media than we know what to do with!

The fairness doctrine would be disastrous to political discussion of any kind. The leftists would love this - their stranglehold on the schools means that their process of indoctrinating the yoots of America is not disrupted by that devil-spawn of Conservative Talk Radio. They don't want an informed electorate; they want people to accept what they are told by their friends in the media.

Posted by: CoderInCrisis at August 13, 2008 12:26 PM

I should mention that the study I linked to was done by a conservative group combating the unflattering portrayal of conservatives in the media, so there is obviously bias there, but I still think they've got it right.

Posted by: CoderInCrisis at August 13, 2008 12:29 PM

Have people always been this insane, or does the web just amplify the kook minority?

I wonder about that a lot. In part, it's no doubt true that the web serves as an echo chamber for the loons. But in part, it's similar to the Rev Right controversy, where many of us discovered for the first time that blacks are incorrigibly pissed off at society, beyond anything we (or they) can help them with. Likewise, the web is helping us see just how moronically dementedly paranoid and irrational 1/3 or 1/2 of our citizens are. In both cases, they've been out there, fermenting and stewing all this time; we're just hearing about it now.

But the web is definitely helping the paranoid moonbats to get positive encouragement for their delusions, leading to more delusional people.

Posted by: mega at August 13, 2008 1:10 PM

Posted by: wizdum at August 13, 2008 1:51 PM

This would obviously be a direct attack on our freedom of speech. And the way I see it - Speech, regardless of how "hate-filled" or "war-mongering", or liberal or conservative, socialist or capitalistic still just speech. Speech only conveys our ideas in the political arena and cannot directly cause physical harm. Speech is therefore a relatively peaceful activity.

Once the freedom of speech is taken away, those that are silenced have only one other option to ensure that their voices are heard. Of all the other freedoms we have, had and lost; the loss of the freedom of speech is the one that starts revolutions.

Posted by: jcebern at August 13, 2008 8:07 PM

I would have like to have believed the "Fairness Doctrine" would be unsustainable under our Constitution, but seeing our God-given rights eroded daily without being struck by the SCOTUS (such as with McCain-Feingold)leaves me pessimistic.

Posted by: Lyle at August 13, 2008 8:44 PM