Posted by Tina
You can count on it like you can count on death and taxes. Radical leftists always hide their true intentions behind some innocuous sounding word like “fair” or “equal”. This time the word they’ve chosen is “neutrality” and their target is the internet. Behind this first regulatory step is a plan that calls for the eventual government usurpation of all forms of media communication. John Fund, writing for the Wall Street Journal, has the background story. Clearly there is nothing “neutral” about what these folks have in mind:
The net neutrality vision for government regulation of the Internet began with the work of Robert McChesney, a University of Illinois communications professor who founded the liberal lobby Free Press in 2002. Mr. McChesney’s agenda? “At the moment, the battle over network neutrality is not to completely eliminate the telephone and cable companies,” he told the website SocialistProject in 2009. “But the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.”
A year earlier, Mr. McChesney wrote in the Marxist journal Monthly Review that “any serious effort to reform the media system would have to necessarily be part of a revolutionary program to overthrow the capitalist system itself.” Mr. McChesney told me in an interview that some of his comments have been “taken out of context.” He acknowledged that he is a socialist and said he was “hesitant to say I’m not a Marxist.”
For a man with such radical views, Mr. McChesney and his Free Press group have had astonishing influence. Mr. Genachowski’s press secretary at the FCC, Jen Howard, used to handle media relations at Free Press. The FCC’s chief diversity officer, Mark Lloyd, co-authored a Free Press report calling for regulation of political talk radio.
President Obama promised to transform the United States of America. He is certainly on track with his plans. This move is one among many others that is part of the Democrat desire to control the political message in the next election and for-ever. Another is a plan to shut down conservative talk radio. Al Sharpton has been talking with the radicals at the FCC to create hearings and compell Rush Limbaugh to testify. Read about that effort in The American Spectator
If you care about the Constitutionally guaranteed right of free speech and a free press you will pay close attention to the maneuverings of the radical left to transform the media over the next couple of years. We need to learn everything we can about the web of players behind the FCC’s new rules as well as other schemes to control political speech. We should also be aware of the nice sounding words they use to describe these power grabs.
They now have their foot in the door…it will be up to the new Congress to kick them back to the curb! They won’t do that without support (and constant nagging) from we the people.