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Attempt to criminalize free speech fails
Renew America ^ | 08/01/05 | Jim Kouri

Posted on 08/01/2005 4:27:14 PM PDT by smoothsailing

Attempt to criminalize free speech fails

Jim Kouri

August 1, 2005

With so much violent crime in America, and a serious terrorist threat with which to contend, the leaders of the Democrat National Committee decided to crack down on criminal behavior: they filed charges with the Federal Election Commission against television stations that dared to air a documentary considered harmful to their candidate for President of the United States during the 2004 election cycle.

The DNC filed charges against Sinclair Broadcast Group, their news commentator Mark Hyman, and one of Sinclair's vice presidents, Frederick Smith, alleging they violated FEC regulations. The complaint filed with the FEC was related to a documentary, "Stolen Honor," critical of John Kerry's service in Vietnam.

The documentary also showcased Senator Kerry's anti-war activities including his unsubstantiated claims of military atrocities committed in Vietnam. Sinclair aired portions of the documentary last October as part of a news special. A complaint was also filed by an individual in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, relating to commentaries by Mark Hyman that editorialized about Mr. Kerry. Sinclair contended they did not violate the federal election campaign act.

In a unanimous vote, all six of the FEC Commissioners agreed that Sinclair, Mr. Hyman and Mr. Smith did not violate any campaign finance laws and that their broadcast activities were protected by the "press exemption." All charges against the broadcasters were summarily dismissed. Apparently the DNC leadership believes the First Amendment does not apply to conservatives and the Republican Party.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies, will own and operate, program or provide sales services to 61 television stations in 38 markets, after pending transactions. Sinclair's television group includes FOX, WB, ABC, CBS, NBC, and UPN affiliates and reaches about 25 percent of all US television households.

No stranger to controversy, Sinclair's award-winning commentator, Mark Hyman, recently appeared on Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor," where he discussed his commentary calling for the resignation of Linda Foley, President of the Newspaper Guild of America (NGOA).

Jennifer Gladstone of Sinclair's NewsCentral provided an exclusive report on the NGOA's allegation that the US military has been targeting journalists in Iraq — a charge that the US military emphatically denies.

When asked to substantiate her allegations that the military are attempting to assassinate journalists, Foley refused to comment. The DNC also remained silent regarding Ms. Foley's accusations. Also peculiar — although not surprising — is the mainstream news media's silence on the Sinclair case and its outcome.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: barratry; dnc; documentary; fec; kerry; markhyman; sinclair; stolenhonor

1 posted on 08/01/2005 4:27:14 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Another attempt by liberofascists to silence the opppsition fails.


2 posted on 08/01/2005 4:33:18 PM PDT by TheGeezer
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To: smoothsailing

HaHaHaHa!


3 posted on 08/01/2005 4:35:10 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Kill 'em til they're dead! Then, kill 'em again!)
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To: smoothsailing

This action by the DNC gives us some insight as to how life would be under a Democratic controlled administration. It wouldn't be a repeat of 1992-it would look more like 1984.


4 posted on 08/01/2005 4:36:36 PM PDT by Spok
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To: Interesting Times

Boink


5 posted on 08/01/2005 4:37:49 PM PDT by Nick Danger (www.hillcap.org)
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To: smoothsailing
The left will have their silence, as one after another of their media organs die off or are relegated to irrelevancy.

Meanwhile the web and the talkies and the satellite networks flourish and expand at a near terrifying rate.
6 posted on 08/01/2005 4:38:11 PM PDT by mmercier
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To: smoothsailing
The Rats philosophy of entering an arguement with a lawyer in tow hasn't reaped many benefits for them. It has given us good laughs.
7 posted on 08/01/2005 4:41:22 PM PDT by crazyhorse691 ( Heaven on Earth is where the nearest Starbucks is 60 miles away.)
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To: smoothsailing

This doesn't really matter. The DNC kept "Stolen Honor" from being show before the election. Their threats got Sinclair to run a gutted version of the program.



8 posted on 08/01/2005 4:41:32 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: Spok
California or Massachusetts are in microcosm what we should expect to see from the Democrats.

Has there ever been an estaqblsihed socialist government that was not removed by external force or pressure?

A Socialist USA is nightmarish for just this reason: No one will be there to free us.

9 posted on 08/01/2005 4:45:19 PM PDT by CasearianDaoist
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To: smoothsailing

Kerry has also filed suit against the film's producer. The plaintiff is a guy seen on the film apparently coaching a Vietnam vet faker to "remember a massacre" that did not occur.


10 posted on 08/01/2005 4:46:51 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: mmercier
It's getting better all the time!

Gee,that sounds like a song! ;)

11 posted on 08/01/2005 4:46:59 PM PDT by smoothsailing (Qui Nhon Turtle Co.)
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To: TheGeezer
By attempting to silence the opposition, they are only making their message even more visible than before.

-PJ

12 posted on 08/01/2005 4:47:17 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: smoothsailing
While the FEC didn't rule in the Democrats' favor, the Democrats didn't exactly fail, they had successfully intimidated Sinclair Broadcasting, and advertisers, so that the broadcast was so watered down that I couldn't even watch the whole thing. The same stations broadcast network news pro-Democrat propaganda for months, and the networks and affiliated stations felt free to ignore any complaints. The left is much better at organized activism (and bulling) than we are.
13 posted on 08/01/2005 4:48:01 PM PDT by MRMEAN (Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of congress; but I repeat myself. - Mark Tw)
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To: CasearianDaoist

Thats why we have the 2nd amendment to protect us, not against criminals (like those in academia and the MSM would like you to believe), rather, against an oppressive government.


14 posted on 08/01/2005 4:56:00 PM PDT by IronChefSakai (Life, Liberty, and Limited Government!)
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To: smoothsailing

?......Attempt to criminalize.... 'sarcasm'....free speech fails in U.S.A.,....passes in Britain?


15 posted on 08/01/2005 5:00:35 PM PDT by maestro
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To: pabianice
I wasn't aware of that.Do you know where I can find more info?
16 posted on 08/01/2005 5:03:19 PM PDT by smoothsailing (Qui Nhon Turtle Co.)
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To: smoothsailing

This was the issue that got George W. Bush my vote. More to the point, it was the issue that got me to vote against John Kerry.

I was thinking about voting Libertarian, but shortly before the election when Kerry goon Chad Clanton said of Sinclair Broadcasting that "they would regret" showing an anti-Kerry documentary and that "they better hope we don't win the election" I knew I could not take a chance on Kerry winning, and voted for Bush.


17 posted on 08/01/2005 5:03:58 PM PDT by murdoog (The first amendment gives me the right to question your patriotism)
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To: CasearianDaoist
>>Has there ever been an estaqblsihed socialist government that was not removed by external force or pressure?

The market economy is "pressure", but Yes. Socialism and communism simply collapse of their own inertia, as those who they live off of flee their control before they react. The leftists who would rule are innately lazy and corrupt, those they seek to rule are innately clever and fast movers.

In America we have 50 states and mobility. As is happening here (massachusets) the productive eventually flee. Soon all that will be left here are government workers, university employees, lawyers and illegal immigrants.

There is a house for sale on every street here, soon this one too.
18 posted on 08/01/2005 5:11:27 PM PDT by mmercier
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To: mmercier

When did it happen that Socialism fell from internal pressures? It was the Cold War that brought the USSR to an end.


19 posted on 08/01/2005 5:16:25 PM PDT by CasearianDaoist
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To: smoothsailing

And so it goes. JFnK will still think he is a viable 2008 candidate! LOL


20 posted on 08/01/2005 5:18:12 PM PDT by rocksblues (I support the war on terror)
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To: murdoog
I remember Clanton saying that(on Fox I think).

What unbridled arrogance that was,and perfectly represented the Kerry campaign's air of superiority.Just a bunch of snots.

21 posted on 08/01/2005 5:23:23 PM PDT by smoothsailing (Qui Nhon Turtle Co.)
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To: CasearianDaoist
If the people of eastern Europe did not allow the system to collapse from within it would still stand today, cold war or not.

I am not trying to disagree, external forces play a large role; but it is the general population that brings it all crashing down.
22 posted on 08/01/2005 5:29:40 PM PDT by mmercier
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To: MRMEAN

And organized, they are. Just like this documentary, even the books on Kerry were hard to find in places like Borders. With the blacklisting of authors who aren't sympathetic to Democrats...and those who are ignored via the TV/talk show circuit (even as bestsellers), liberals still have an advantage over the dissemination of information.

Thankfully, people are beginning to catch on...and antics like the CNBC attack on Bernie Goldberg, are starting to expose the hypocrisy of liberalism and their so-called reverence for free-speech and diversity. With the further exposure of media bias, academic bias and fraud (Churchill)...and even the union problems, the strongholds of liberalism are hopefully beginning to crumble. No wonder they hate the alternative media.


23 posted on 08/01/2005 5:33:22 PM PDT by cwb (Islam is the opiate of the *asses.)
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To: smoothsailing

Take note! We'll need to ralley a similar campaign against Her Heinous in 2008, and it will be LAWFUL to do so. May be a useful tactic in 2006, but the nuke option would be better timed for 2008, I would think.


24 posted on 08/01/2005 5:46:27 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: murdoog

Good for you!:)


25 posted on 08/01/2005 6:26:14 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: smoothsailing

"Apparently the DNC leadership believes the First Amendment does not apply to conservatives and the Republican Party."

This is not new.


26 posted on 08/01/2005 6:48:54 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: CasearianDaoist

?...When did it happened that socialism fell from internal pressures?..."
Good point.
It wasn't INTERNAL pressures, it was EXTERNAL, namely us. We forced the Soviets into the arms race, they spent themselves silly, couldn't keep up with us, and collapsed because of it.
Unfortunately, that won't happen with the Chinese. They know how to make money.
Let's be careful.


27 posted on 08/01/2005 9:13:34 PM PDT by henderson field
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