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AIM: Congressional Liberals Bare Plan to Muzzle Conservative Speech
U.S. Newswire on Yahoo ^ | 1/15/07 | AIM

Posted on 01/15/2007 5:32:44 PM PST by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Less than two weeks after Democrats took control of both houses of Congress, Accuracy in Media has exposed a plan by congressional liberals to use the federal government to silence conservative voices in the media.

Reporting from a so-called National Conference on Media Reform, organized by "progressive" activists, AIM editor Cliff Kincaid has revealed, in an exclusive report now available on the AIM web site (http://www.aim.org), that liberals in the House and Senate intend to push legislation giving the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) the authority to monitor and restrict what conservatives in the media say and how they say it.

Kincaid quotes Democratic Rep. Maurice Hinchey (news, bio, voting record) (D-N.Y.) as saying that he wants to put an end to the influence of conservative media personalities he finds to be "neo-fascist" and "neo-con." Their legislative vehicle is revival of a "fairness doctrine" giving FCC bureaucrats the ability to grant liberal activists "equal access" to conservative programs on radio and television. Senator Bernie Sanders, an avowed socialist, told the conference he would push such a measure in the Senate.

Kincaid calls the approach "authoritarian" and a threat to freedom of speech in the U.S.

In his Special Report on the conference, which featured Bill Moyers and Jesse Jackson and Hollywood celebrities such as Jane Fonda, Kincaid said that the event "turned out to be an effort to push the Democratic Party further to the left and get more 'progressive' voices in the media, while proposing to use the power of the federal government to silence conservatives."

At the same time, Kincaid noted that one conference speaker, freshman Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), pledged to protect or even increase taxpayer funding for public broadcasting that he admits is on the "left hand side of the dial."

Kincaid documents funding for the organizers of the conference from George Soros, who has made billions of dollars from secretive financial transactions, and notes evidence that participants were so far to the left that Senator Hillary Clinton was considered by them to be "too conservative." Kincaid also documents the active involvement in the conference by members of the Revolutionary Communist Party.

Accuracy in Media (AIM), founded in 1969, is America's oldest media watchdog organization. For more information, please visit http://www.aim.org.

SOURCE Accuracy in Media


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Politics/Elections; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: 2closetocw2; bloat; censorship; congressional; conservative; fairnessdoctrine; firstamendment; liberals; muzzle; silenceamerica; speech; stockpile; stockpilesong; stockpileweapons; talkradio
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1 posted on 01/15/2007 5:32:46 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

If they think Conservatives are angry now they ain't seen nothing yet!


2 posted on 01/15/2007 5:34:23 PM PST by proudofthesouth (Mao said that power comes at the point of a rifle; I say FREEDOM does.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Rush Limbaugh has been warning about this!


3 posted on 01/15/2007 5:35:19 PM PST by TruthConquers (Delenda est publius schola)
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To: TruthConquers

So has Neal Boortz!


4 posted on 01/15/2007 5:35:39 PM PST by proudofthesouth (Mao said that power comes at the point of a rifle; I say FREEDOM does.)
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To: NormsRevenge

It would have to overcome a Republican filibuster and a Bush veto and then get 2/3rds of Congress to override.

It sounds scary, but it's not going to happen in the next two years for sure.


5 posted on 01/15/2007 5:38:54 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: NormsRevenge

They are afraid of war. If you want a war lefties, bring it on.


6 posted on 01/15/2007 5:38:59 PM PST by alarm rider (Fear of Hillary is the distinguishing feature of the average and even well educated conservative.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Thanks for posting.

Excellent reporting. Too bad they had to use America's premier media whoring outfit, USNewswire.

7 posted on 01/15/2007 5:39:16 PM PST by upchuck (The American coup de grāce is well under way. Thus far, the Donks haven't had to fire a shot.)
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To: NormsRevenge
And, so far, what have we heard from our GOP Big Tent Warrior leadership in Washington?

Nothing.

8 posted on 01/15/2007 5:41:11 PM PST by Czar ( StillFedUptotheTeeth@Washington)
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To: NormsRevenge

You mean we won't be able to denounce liberals for the traitorous, cowardly, corrupt, ignorant, lazy, bureaucracy-loving, worthless b$stards that they are? Well, sh$t!


9 posted on 01/15/2007 5:41:52 PM PST by NaughtiusMaximus (Our troops are smart. It's our politicians who are stupid.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Great idea to let the Democrats take the majority!! That'll teach us all a lesson. /sarc


10 posted on 01/15/2007 5:42:08 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Dog Gone
It sounds scary, but it's not going to happen ...

Careful. That's what many said about McCain-Feingold too.

11 posted on 01/15/2007 5:42:37 PM PST by GoldCountryRedneck ("Idiocy - Never under estimate the power of stupid people in large numbers" - despair.com)
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To: Jim Robinson; All

...and watch out: they'll be coming after the Internet next.


12 posted on 01/15/2007 5:44:40 PM PST by Pharmboy ([She turned me into a] Newt! in '08)
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To: Kaslin

Kas ping


13 posted on 01/15/2007 5:45:45 PM PST by Tut
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To: alarm rider

Hinchey is a worthless little loudmouth creep full of conspiracy fantasies. O'Reilly and Hannity play him like a cheap fiddle whenever he shows up. Somebody just needs to wad him up and throw him away.

Anyway, not even Nazi Pelosi is going to bite on this one, IMHO.


14 posted on 01/15/2007 5:45:56 PM PST by elcid1970 (`)
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To: Dog Gone

At the risk of sounding melodramatic, I do believe that such a move would be looked back upon years in the future as the beginning of the second civil war in this country. I don't think this is going to happen, but it's ironic that the crowd that constantly points fingers at others for being fascists wants to trash freedom of speech. These people are scary. They are no less zealots than the Bin Laden crowd. Seriously.


15 posted on 01/15/2007 5:47:37 PM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: GoldCountryRedneck

Point well taken, but I think I recall it being a given that it would pass, as a token to McCain.

Then we all expected Bush to veto it, but he signed it expecting the Supreme Court to take the heat for striking down parts of it.

Hopefully we've all learned our lessons.


16 posted on 01/15/2007 5:48:16 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Dog Gone
"It sounds scary, but it's not going to happen in the next two years for sure."

If they get the Presidency in 2 years it will happen by executive order.
17 posted on 01/15/2007 5:48:30 PM PST by JSteff
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To: Czar
And, so far, what have we heard from our GOP Big Tent Warrior leadership in Washington? Nothing.

Nor will you here anything from those worthless bastards. I'm afraid that we're on our own guys.

18 posted on 01/15/2007 5:50:05 PM PST by appleharvey
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To: Pharmboy

They already are. Pelosi wants all "grassroots" organizations that communicate with 500 or more people to register with the Congress, file financials quaterly, and to report separately on each and every issue they advocate. Unions, corporations, etc, exempted, of course.


19 posted on 01/15/2007 5:50:06 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: pieceofthepuzzle
At the risk of sounding melodramatic, I do believe that such a move would be looked back upon years in the future as the beginning of the second civil war in this country.

That was my thought exactly! No way would Conservatves stand for this. Can you say "Fire Storm," boys and girls!

20 posted on 01/15/2007 5:51:19 PM PST by JaguarXKE
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To: NormsRevenge

http://vocusgr.vocus.com/GRSPACE2/WebPublish/controller.aspx?SiteName=FOTF&Definition=Home&XSL=Home&SV_Section=Home

Do something about it here.


21 posted on 01/15/2007 5:51:28 PM PST by cowtowney
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To: Dog Gone
"It would have to overcome a Republican filibuster and a Bush veto and then get 2/3rds of Congress to override."

Are you sure my friend? I'm not nearly so confident. I remember CFR. I remember the gang of 14. I remember the border. I remember run away federal spending.

I think the senate will betray us. And I worry very much about GWB.
22 posted on 01/15/2007 5:52:49 PM PST by Nuc1 (NUC1 Sub pusher SSN 668 (Liberals Aren't Patriots))
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To: elcid1970

Anytime you see the word "progressive" just think of a
Communist scheme that hasn't worked and has brought misery to millions.


23 posted on 01/15/2007 5:52:51 PM PST by plangent
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To: Dog Gone
Hopefully we've all learned our lessons.

Better than hope, it's up to us to remind our elected congress critters. Loud and often.

24 posted on 01/15/2007 5:54:08 PM PST by GoldCountryRedneck ("Idiocy - Never under estimate the power of stupid people in large numbers" - despair.com)
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To: Jim Robinson

"Pelosi wants all "grassroots" organizations that communicate with 500 or more people to register with the Congress, file financials quaterly, and to report separately on each and every issue they advocate. Unions, corporations, etc, exempted, of course."

And I want full disclosure of all the cosmetic surgeries and Botox used by Nancy, Hillary and the rest of that crowd.


25 posted on 01/15/2007 5:55:12 PM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Dog Gone

"It would have to overcome a Republican filibuster and a Bush veto and then get 2/3rds of Congress to override.
It sounds scary, but it's not going to happen in the next two years for sure."

And even if there is a Democratic President and it gets past Congress and the White House, it will be shot stone dead by the Supreme Court. Good luck getting past THAT!


26 posted on 01/15/2007 5:55:35 PM PST by Vicomte13 (Aure entuluva.)
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To: NormsRevenge

This is grandstanding. Conservative radio proponents would fight it on the grounds that the current arrangement is, in fact, fair; since libs control the major media. The last thing the left wants is a federal court case; or Congressional hearings, for that matter; that would focus on the transparent figleaf of MSM "objectivity."


27 posted on 01/15/2007 5:55:44 PM PST by atomic conspiracy (Rousing the blog-rabble since 9-11-01)
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To: alarm rider
"They are afraid of war. If you want a war lefties, bring it on."

The feds were suprised at the militias organizing all over the US after Waco...they haven't seen anything if they start this crap.

28 posted on 01/15/2007 5:58:33 PM PST by blam
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To: NormsRevenge

Atlas Shrugged!

Gunner


29 posted on 01/15/2007 5:58:53 PM PST by weps4ret (Things the make you go; Hmmmmmmm?)
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To: TruthConquers

Cowards and bullies. Bring it on!


30 posted on 01/15/2007 5:59:33 PM PST by Enterprise (Drop pork bombs on the Islamofascist wankers. Praise the Lord and pass the hammunition.)
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To: All; Pharmboy; NormsRevenge; Jim Robinson; Oschisms; juliej
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Barr will discuss the new broadband infrastructure that Verizon and others are deploying and recent proposals to regulate broadband services (often discussed as “net neutrality” regulation). These proposals will be the focus of much debate when the 110th Congress considers Internet regulations.

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31 posted on 01/15/2007 5:59:51 PM PST by firebrand
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To: appleharvey
"Nor will you here anything from those worthless bastards. I'm afraid that we're on our own guys."

And yet some still wonder why these spineless do-nothings were unable to muster sufficient support from the conservative base to stave off the 2006 midterm election disaster.

So far, they seemed to have learned nothing from that experience.

32 posted on 01/15/2007 5:59:56 PM PST by Czar ( StillFedUptotheTeeth@Washington)
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To: NormsRevenge
This is just so asinine, no one wants to hear their crap. When people actually hear their pitch they are turned off. The only way the "masses" follow them is by not knowing what they are up to. If they had anything of substance to say, "Air America" would not be bankrupt. If they want an "unfairness" doctrine, I say bring it on, they will only be educating people about how unAmerican they are.
33 posted on 01/15/2007 6:00:42 PM PST by TheHound (You would be paranoid too - if everyone was out to get you.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Does the fairness doctrine mean that Rush Limbaugh can also demand a few minutes each night on Katie Couric's CBS Evening News to offer balance? < /sarcasm>

-PJ

34 posted on 01/15/2007 6:01:37 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: Czar
And, so far, what have we heard from our GOP Big Tent Warrior leadership in Washington? Nothing.

Why should the GOP leadership care when the voters don't seem to.

35 posted on 01/15/2007 6:04:32 PM PST by FreeReign
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To: Jim Robinson

"Great idea to let the Democrats take the majority!! That'll teach us all a lesson. /sarc"

Hello.

Who is this message being addressed to? Is it to conservatives/Republicans (who turned out in normal midterm election numbers and voted over 90% Republican), or to swing voters (who shifted from evenly balanced to almost 60% Democrat, mainly on the issues of the war and congressional corruption)?

Thanks.


36 posted on 01/15/2007 6:05:16 PM PST by Eric_WA
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To: Jim Robinson

The arrogant belief that this country wants even harder right Presidential candidates is seriously misguided. It is equally wrong to assume that the reason we lost in '06, is because of those 'RINOS' and Bush, who are not conservative enough. If this unhealthy trend continues, those 'true' conservatives will have a rude awakening coming in '08.

This electorate is now controlled by the centrists, independents and moderates. The choice to keep selecting these unelectable candidates like Cox, Hunter or whom ever else they come up with will insure our loss in '08.

The Democrats are already way in the lead with promoting their front runners, while this party is still arguing about who is the most conservative regardless of their electability. The wasted months of indecision ahead will prove to be our greatest enemy. We all know the outcome if we lose the Presidency, there will be no second chances to take it back later. The damage will be too severe.


37 posted on 01/15/2007 6:08:27 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (Show me a 'true' Conservative and I'll show someone with bad knees)
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To: Dog Gone
"It sounds scary, but it's not going to happen in the next two years for sure."

If they get the Presidency in 2 years it will happpen by executive order.
38 posted on 01/15/2007 6:09:50 PM PST by JSteff
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To: Eric_WA
I think it's mainly addressed to those FReepers who have been noisily proclaiming (Bush/Republican bashing) for the last couple years how they'll never vote for a Republican again and or that it'd be best to let the Democrats take the majority. Great idea!
39 posted on 01/15/2007 6:11:31 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: JSteff

I could have sworn you had already told me that in Post 17.


40 posted on 01/15/2007 6:12:55 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: NormsRevenge
CONSERVATIVES WHO SAT AT HOME: IF TRUE, THIS IS THE RESULT OF YOUR 'TEACHING THE REPUBLICANS A LESSON'!
41 posted on 01/15/2007 6:16:25 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat (I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: NormsRevenge
I feel a chill wind blowing across America...

No, wait. They already said this about us. I'm confused. Just which way IS that wind a blowin'?

42 posted on 01/15/2007 6:17:55 PM PST by liege
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To: All
Congress to give FCC bureaucrats the ability to grant liberal activists "equal access" to conservative programs?

I don't think so. I believe that the courts were about to end the old "Fairness Doctrine" arguing that modern media give all views a fair airing. Reagan ended the old "Fairness Doctrine" in 1987.

IMO what is a danger is the argument of a University of Chicago employee in his book, Republic.com.

The author argued that depending solely upon the narrow views of just one side of the argument (i.e., the conservative view, according to his interviews I heard) was a danger to our democracy. Government should force those people to read / hear / see other views. I believe he has backed off from literally forcing people.

The book was praised in the NY Times and was a best seller at some universities.

IOW, we can keep talk radio and the Internet as is but we may have to prove that we considered alternate views. Perhaps there will be daily quizzes?

I lived through the decades of the old "Fairness Doctrine."

We cannot permit curtailment of our free speech again! It's been defended with blood against enemies. We can do no less. Our free speech, their blood.

43 posted on 01/15/2007 6:20:27 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: NormsRevenge

They're totalitarians. They won't be happy until everyone is compelled to agree with them.


44 posted on 01/15/2007 6:20:41 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: liege

"I feel a chill wind blowing across America...
No, wait. They already said this about us."

To a liberal, any idea they're uncomfortable with is a chill wind.


45 posted on 01/15/2007 6:23:25 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: alarm rider

"They are afraid of war. If you want a war lefties, bring it on".

...in all seriousness, what could/would this country do if the lefties were actually able to stifle free speech on "conservative" radio? What can we, as a people do? Other than vote in 2008 etc.?



46 posted on 01/15/2007 6:23:28 PM PST by albie
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To: albie

The Supreme Court will be the best place to define or validate what the Democrats are attempting to do and in the end result, strike down the law as unconstitutional.

If there is one thing going for us, it is that ideal.


47 posted on 01/15/2007 6:27:05 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (Show me a 'true' Conservative and I'll show someone with bad knees)
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To: NormsRevenge
This exactly the crap we will now be dealing with and it is very scary. It is more important than anything to battle this and this is the time to SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC WITH A FINICIAL DONATION NOW to keep this forum up and running...
48 posted on 01/15/2007 6:29:12 PM PST by tubebender ( Everything east of the San Andreas fault will eventually plunge into the Atlantic Ocean...)
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To: Jim Robinson

I guess everybody has had some sort of shot, vaccination or blood-draw. This whole political scene reminds me of some shots I've had in the past. When the needle was stuck in quickly and surely the pain and discomfort was usually less than a slow, leisurely push.
Politically, we've been getting the slow needle for more years than I like to think about. We've cried, we've fussed, we've sworn up and down we'd do something about it... soon. Well, that slow needle is almost all the way in and we're beginning to understand that it isn't going to be pulled out anytime soon. It's gonna get worse before it gets better too. There will be small pockets of open rebellion and government - whether it has an 'R' or a 'D' by it - will move to crush it quickly and ruthlessly.
As is always the case when tyrants seek to keep their boot on the neck of their subjects, there will always be a few to keep the flames fanned.
BLOAT!


49 posted on 01/15/2007 6:29:57 PM PST by oldfart (The most dangerous man is the one who has nothing left to lose.)
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To: Vicomte13
"And even if there is a Democratic President and it gets past Congress and the White House, it will be shot stone dead by the Supreme Court. Good luck getting past THAT!"

So should have the CFR law... it got past the supreme court. So let's leap ahead 3 years. Bush did not get another conservative on the Supreme Court... the new democratic president did get his candidate on.

What now. For that matter, how much confidence do you have that this Supreme Court?
50 posted on 01/15/2007 6:35:39 PM PST by JSteff
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