I got a pen; I got a microphone. And they can have them when they pry them from my cold, dead hands.
While it looks like the FCC has at least temporarily backed down from their threats of putting monitors into newsrooms, we haven’t seen the last of it.
This has been a dream of liberals for a long time.
“According to the research design presented to the FCC by a government contractor named Social Solutions International Inc.,” writes RealClearPolitics, “it wasn’t just television stations, either: Internet news organizations and newspapers were to be included in this information sweep, as if that were actually in the FCC’s purview.”
According to the company “Social Solutions International, Inc. is a research and evaluation firm dedicated to the creation of social and health solutions to improve the welfare of underserved populations worldwide.”
Riiiight. Their clients look like a Who’s Who of welfare states, big government and rent seekers.
While we knew that liberals wanted to kill all of the 2nd Amendment and parts of the 1st Amendment—Freedom OF Religion, for example-- I never supposed that the liberal media would support killing of Freedom of the Press.
But that seems to be the case.
Every three months or so I get to write a column about how I am running out of excuses for my liberal friends in supporting Obama and the Democrats.
It’s not that I object necessarily to their philosophical differences regarding the size and scope of government. But it’s becoming increasingly obvious to me that Democrats are looking to substitute censorship for competency, spying on Americans for real intelligence work, IRS audits for real debate and welfare for real work.
Who knew that those idealistic, long-haired, peaceniks from the late 1960s and early 1970s would learn as their lesson that since their ideology and economy had failed the only thing they could do was to try to out-Nixon Nixon?
Let’s face it: Democrats can’t deliver the goods.
And all they are saying now is give censorship a chance.
They’ve served America a bowl of swamp water, and to make it go down they need the media to call it a soup.
But their liberal media folks, to the great dismay of some, can’t make money calling swamp water a soup no matter how much pork barrel spending they add to it.
The latest casualty to be shot by this ratings bullet is CNN, which just canceled the prime time Piers Morgan show.
“CNN's audience has tired of hearing a [liberal] Brit weigh in American cultural issues Morgan said in a story posted online Sunday,” according to Fox News.
Alec Baldwin, whose show on uber-liberal MSNBC was canceled when he angered a core liberal constituency by inserting the wrong part of his anatomy (his foot) into the wrong orifice (his mouth), has been so demonized by both the right and the left that he’s quitting public life.
"I'm aware that it's ironic that I'm making this case in the media," he writes in New York Magazine, "but this is the last time I'm going to talk about my personal life in an American publication ever again."
He’s retreating behind a “gate” in L.A.
"Everything I hated about L.A.,” he continues, “I'm beginning to crave. L.A. is a place where you live behind a gate, you get in a car, your interaction with the public is minimal. I used to hate that.”
Well Obama and the other liberals of the Pepsi generation want to put up gates too.
Because like Baldwin they can’t seem to tame the real transformation that’s going on it America.
I got a pen; I got a microphone, thanks in part to cheap distribution via the Internet.
And you have the same things too.
And to some that makes us every bit the equal of the president of the United States, if not a little bit better.
No wonder they’re worried.