LEFTISTS PUSH CENSORSHIP IN AN EFFORT TO REGAIN CONTROL OF U.S. POLITICAL NARRATIVE
|| By RICK MANNING || The administration of Barack Obama and its cohorts launched a double-barreled assault on the First Amendment this week.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) dumped 330 pages of regulatory Super Glue on the operation of the Internet – making clear its intention to turn the greatest source of democratized communication since Gutenberg’ printing press into a public utility.
Perhaps jealous of their speech regulator counterparts, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) held a hearing to begin the discussion of how they can regulate political speech on the Internet.
Here’s a newsflash to the FEC – you cannot.
The blogs, articles and political information sources that the Democrat appointees on the FEC find so abhorrent are no different than the newspapers, radio or television broadcasts that they have no control over the content placed on them. Political news and commentary websites, whether using a link-driven system like the DrudgeReport, a news-oriented one like Breitbart.com or HuffPo, or a commentary-based blog like NetRightDaily.com, provides First Amendment-protected information to people who a generation ago got their news from dailies and news anchors.
It is this exact information expansion that drives the left crazy. While supporting the First Amendment when it applies to friendly news anchors and “all the news that’s fit to print” newspapers, the left sees talk radio and an open and free Internet as being a threat to their ability to appropriately shape the narrative.
Yet, Internet bloggers are a much more accurate depiction of what the Founding Fathers were seeking to protect. In an environment where small towns had their own newspapers, and Patrick Henry self-published his seminal work, “Common Sense” that helped fuel the revolutionary fire, the men who wrote the Bill of Rights specifically were trying to prevent the government from determining what political speech was allowed.
The current occupant of the White House has proven exactly why the Founders had this concern …
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Rick Manning is president of Americans for Limited Government – and a former U.S. Labor Department official. Follow him on Twitter @RManning957. This piece (reprinted with permission) originally appeared on NetRightDaily.com.
Remember when that accidentally (arrogantly) honest NRA official publicly announced that perhaps the US should crack down on 1st. Amendment free-speech rights? The dullard was to too dumb to realize that the obvious next question was, “Why not start with the 2nd.?” He was quickly dumped, not for his native fascism but because of where the suggestion easily led.
Does this mean Fox News would have to start telling the truth?
You mean like Brian Williams at NBC?
Walter Cronkite…yeah, any of those fucks. I remember Barbra Waters pulling some bullshit during the hostage crisis back in the day for Reagan…
About the NEWS, not about themselves.
Brian Williams about Katrina?
If they’d lie about something so stupid and demonstrably false, they’ll lie about anything – like “…it was a video. ..”.
Fox tend to hype and exaggerate but the examples of patent lies are difficult to find. I’m not an apologist for Fox. Just looking for a little fairness and balance
Fox is straight up tabloid. Murdock was kicked out of U.K and Australia for his tabloids getting out of control……that only left the most gullible, English speaking land left to spread his manure…..was hoping a well-travelled Colonel would see Fox for what they really are and not let them off lightly with just “hype and exaggerations.”
Where are the WMD?
Right there on Google Earth, in the eastern Syrian desert on the Iraqi border … well documented big stashes of chemical and biological weapons. … Right there where Sadamn’ Sunni Red Guards put them … The bit that Syria used on their own citizens has been restored to that original hiding place … Now ISIS Sunni/al Qualuda is digging them up to use against Jordan, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Kurds, Iraqi Shiites, Jews, Gentiles, Christians …
The one single force holding ISIS back from moving those WMDs is EU/USA spy satellites and several flocks of fighter/bombers in Jordan, Q8, Israel …
(Colonial, we need more A-10s.)
Too bad the CIA can’t afford you.
… Not in my resume’. I just read a lot. You?
Does your resume include the ability to transcribe GPS coordinates — the Lat/Long in decimal degrees — of this WMD stockpile?
There are more than just one stockpile.
so why hasn’t anyone put a gps guided missile into it?
BECAUSE that stuff spreads around if you blow it up … and too often the wind is blowing into Jordan. Duh!
Kinda like if you put a cherry bomb in a skunk, that stink goes everywhere.
… Incendiaries do not get it all as many of those chemical weapons and biological weapons don’t easily burn. Mustard gas takes a heat of greater than 1000 degrees F. to begin to break down. Risen spreads in the presence of flames.
so you’ve told the CIA and they decided to leave it there in the desert, rather than destroy it. Good on you mate.
The CIA can’t do anything right now and were never able to do much about it. (It’s a part of the Gruberment spew: “The WMDs don’t exist …”)
And now it’s in the middle of a war zone …
…at least you tried.
… Not on my resume’. I just read a lot. You?
The race of my head and my face is moving much faster
keep off those amphetamines.
These fact have been known, by those of us who care to know the truth, since Bush invaded Iraq. The left only decided they didn;’t want to know for political reasons and the MSM gladly fell in line. It’s all Bush’s fault. Iraq was an important part of the war on terror from day one. Look how great “leading from behind” is working all over the world. I want MY president back !!!!
Main stream has become mean scream? Hey, if it bleeds … it sells insurance and cars, instead of dead trees.
I can still remember when we only had three liberal channels on TV. ABC, NBC, and CBS. FNC and talk radio have , if nothing else, given a different prospective on news. That is what drives the left crazy. They no longer control what the people see and hear. Anyone who can think for themselves now actually has an alternative. I watch FNC regularly but also watch BBC and Aljazeera along with MSM. The Dims don’t own facts anymore..
I’m shocked! … that you might say such a thing!
What have they lied about?
You didn’t see them apologize 4times in one day for making up pure bs about Muslim zones in London? That’s just one of many things they lied about and admitted it!!!
… just this last month …
Fox “so-called” News pulled a classic last week, with their claim that U.S. Marines were forced to surrender their weapons as they left the embassy in Yemen. It was an outright lie, and Megyn Kelly walked it back…a bit…later in the show. But, as Fox knows, by then the Foxbots had already hit social media to spread the lie.
When Lil’ Benito said, “I’ll have more flexibility in a second term”, he wasn’t lying. This is only a small part of the many-tentacle actions planned to weaken and control the USA by the cockroaches using him as a shill….
More partisan than usual for you.
My comment is only a marshmallow compared to what I could really say about what I see happening — I’m having to force myself
to not go into a rant…..
Probably a good thing to keep it up until GT arrives.
Well the alternative is that Comcast Time Warner etc can charge different rates for access to varrying websites and consumers, the best option is to guarantee that the internet remains free and choke free..i sure dont trust Comcast to look out for my rights..do you?
You mean to tell me that one company wants to pay another company more for premium service. Well that’s downright un-American.
Restricting the best access to anything that serves the entire country to the benefit fo the rich while restricting access to others, those pesky poor people, even though the airwaves are owned by us and not corporations..yeah thats def american huh? Right?
what a dumbass post ,buzz.
In a fair and just world, asshats like Rick Manning would be laughed out of town for so deliberately misunderstanding/misrepresenting what Obama is proposing.
From the New York Times: “What Mr. Obama wants is an Internet where service providers handle all content sent and received by consumers equally. His approach takes into account what has happened in the past decade, and it levels the playing field for businesses and protects consumer choice.”
In a fair and just world, asshats like Obama would be laughed out of town for so deliberately misunderstanding/misrepresenting what Manning is proposing.
Consumers shouldn’t be treated equally if some are willing to pay more for premium service. As long as monopolistic practices are regulated so that all who wish to can purchase premium service with a price based on usage so that small companies can compete, then that is good for business es and consumers.
We pay more for first class seating on a plane. We pay more for a first class restaurant. Why not let the free market decide these things. It does such a better job than the government.
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Actually, I might be willing to pay extra for Smirks comments. ;-)
No where in the Constitution does it say “The Government will provide presses” or “in order to protect free speech rights the government will regulate the presses to ensure equal access”.
The Federal Government is a greater threat to free speech than AT&TWComcast.
wow do you see the black helicopters yet or are they still on the horizon..thank god those corporations will save ya huh Bible follower?
If you want to bend over for the government, go ahead. I’m taking my chances with the marketplace. You are more of a tool than you think.
“Consumers shouldn’t be treated equally ” That says it all i guess. Screw everyone else i got mine. Even though the airwaves are owned by the people and not a corporation, why not let large corporations such as comcast choose what smaller corps can complete..im sure they have our best interest at heart right? Who cares if the internet has always been basically free and open encouraging competition and new start ups..screw that i want the koch bros, rupert murdoch, time warner and comcast to decide what i get to see on the internet..right? Im sure they have our best interest at heart …right?
You do realize the people own the airways. You do realize that it was taxpayer money that developed the internet in the first place.
But if we have a fair and open internet, huge corporate telcos can’t gouge us for every last red cent they can bleed from our savaged piggy banks to access all the sites and services we want.
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Consumers should turn their backs on this…. we don’t need no stinkin gov’t in this fight. They only make it worse with their own back-room deals.
Your head is so far up your ass in believing your own bullshit about the right being the only ones interested in freedom of any kind that you don’t realize how stupid you are.
I do not know what Patrick Henry’s seminal work was. I do know that “Common Sense” was written by Thomas Paine.
For every example of the “left” decrying speech it doesn’t like but applauding speech it does like, I can match you blow for blow.
God help a business that says “Happy Holidays” in a free expression of speech, only to be accused of waging a “War on Christmas.”
There are plenty on the “left” who do not like what the FCC is doing in regards to net neutrality. And whatever this latest thing, I am sure the same will be true.
Take the blinders off.
“Patrick Henry self-published his seminal work, “Common Sense” that helped fuel the revolutionary fire,”
As Ethan Allen said “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country”. No. No. He said “Red coats are coming” or was that “The British are coming”. Wait that was Paul Revere. Who was Nathan Hale?
Ahh! The hell with it.
Makes you wonder where the ACLU-that great protector of the First Ammendment-will come down on thjis one. While they’re been predictably consistant in their blind support of Chairman Obama,,…this one’s got to make them nervous.
I want Bill Clinton back as President, the worst thing he did was get a blow job.
Surely you haven’t forgotton the stupid weapon/magazine ban he begged and bribed fools in Congress to pass. This, after borrowing a shotgun to shoot at a duck after proclaiming he supportex 2A, in a media photo-op event.
But did he shoot the guy who was standing next to him in the head with a shotgun..now that would be ridiculous..oh wait a sec…oopsies…nevermind.
Cheney’s friend survived. Kennedy’s didn’t. I’d rather hunt with Cheney than ride with Ted. LOL
I was being sarcastic about Clinton, He was the luckiest President we ever had. Reagan and Bush took care of the hard before Clinton took office on the stability they had built. Clinton was in cruise control for eight years, having sex with children, ignoring his wife and his country, and “feeling our pain.” He could have done much worse than nothing.