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Democrats seek to ban FoxNews Channel from taxpayer funded cable for the poor. (satire)
newsmediajournal ^ | 05 Novermber 2007 | Trueblackman

Posted on 11/05/2007 8:30:49 AM PST by Trueblackman

New Cable TV Vouchers Ban FOX News

Democrats' hard-fought battle to provide cable television to welfare recipients hit another snag yesterday when Republicans found a newly inserted provision that specifically excludes FOX News Channel from programming options. "This clause was not in this bill last week," said Rep. Jim Clements (R-CO) "I don't know whether someone thought they could slip this by us, or what, but this is getting to be a bit much." The affected bill, a 3.5 billion dollar spending measure that proponents say is necessary to educate potential voters before the 2008 elections, has met with great resistance from conservative legislators on both sides of the aisle who portray it as just one more unnecessary entitlement tacked onto an already over-burdoned welfare system. "The Federal Government is not obliged to provide people the ability to watch Sponge Bob Square Pants." Said Rep. Mitch Weyland (R-NM), "This whole idea was bad from the beginning... it's a waste of taxpayer dollars." "Contrary to what my friend from New Mexico thinks, this is not about entertainment. It's about education.," said Warren Billingsley, Democrat from Buffalo, New York, and co-sponsor of the 'Voter Education and Inclusion Act.' Billingsley claims that without cable television, an irreplaceable source of political info and events, millions of voters nationwide will be disenfranchised from the process. "We need to move beyond this notion that only the very rich should have access to the political process," he said. "We want the American people, all of the American people, to have the proper information before heading to the polls in 2008." Asked why language was inserted to specifically bar FOX News Channel from programming, he replied, "FOX News isn't a source of proper information."


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No major shocker here.
1 posted on 11/05/2007 8:30:52 AM PST by Trueblackman
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To: Trueblackman

I am certain the civil rights and free speech advocates will denounce this...in my own fantasy land.


2 posted on 11/05/2007 8:32:11 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Trueblackman; Owl_Eagle

If they can ban FoxNews, then they need to ban CNN, MSNBC, and all the rest of the news channels because of their Left leaning reporting.


3 posted on 11/05/2007 8:32:26 AM PST by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (RIP Eric Medlen. You will be missed.../ Get well Soon John Force!!!)
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To: Trueblackman

Fairness Doctrine ?


4 posted on 11/05/2007 8:32:59 AM PST by Blue Turtle
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To: Trueblackman
They hate FOX NEWS CHANNEL even though its not really a conservative network. The Democrats hate FNC because it reports both sides of the story. They find that formula intolerable.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

5 posted on 11/05/2007 8:32:59 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Trueblackman

OH. My. Goodness.

So the “New Age” voter is DISENFRANCHISED if they don’t have CABLE???


6 posted on 11/05/2007 8:33:03 AM PST by Nervous Tick
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To: Trueblackman

Why are we paying for any cable TV for the “poor” in the first place?


7 posted on 11/05/2007 8:33:22 AM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Trueblackman

what’s next? banning FR on their free internet?


8 posted on 11/05/2007 8:33:40 AM PST by absolootezer0 (Only two products have come out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX. Coincidence? i think not.)
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To: Trueblackman

Why don’t they just ban Fox News altogether? You know they want to. What? Too chicken to try?


9 posted on 11/05/2007 8:33:44 AM PST by samtheman
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To: 2banana

A breakthrough question. Why indeed ?


10 posted on 11/05/2007 8:33:55 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: Trueblackman
"FOX News isn't a source of proper information."

Why thankee, massa, for gettin' me my propah infomation.

Wooden't want no infomation that wuddent propah, no, suh, massa.

11 posted on 11/05/2007 8:33:58 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Trueblackman

Could this be the tv verson of the “Fairness Doctrime” ?


12 posted on 11/05/2007 8:34:24 AM PST by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation.)
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To: Trueblackman

Maybe re-education


13 posted on 11/05/2007 8:34:32 AM PST by wastedyears (One Marine vs. 550 consultants. Sounds like good odds to me.)
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To: Trueblackman

It is true, once there is one news source which sticks to the truth, the Democrats go beserk. They need to understand, their media parrot is dead and buried.

Democrats see logic as their enemy, and the truth as their terrorist.


14 posted on 11/05/2007 8:34:40 AM PST by Tarpon
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To: Trueblackman

There is nothing the left will not attempt in order to win.


15 posted on 11/05/2007 8:35:02 AM PST by rocksblues (Just enforce the law!)
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To: Trueblackman

The Democrats don’t want to poison the mind of welfare recipients by allowing them to watch any Conservative TV stations. It mind get them thinking about getting off the dole, stop having kids at age 16, and get and education and make it without government assistance.

Heck, they wouldn’t need the Democratic party anymore, if all that happened.


16 posted on 11/05/2007 8:35:06 AM PST by Signalman
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To: Army Air Corps

if the gov’t. does not allow certain programming on state provided media services, does that not constitute censorship?


17 posted on 11/05/2007 8:35:27 AM PST by joe fonebone (When in danger, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout)
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To: 2banana

cable for the poor? i guess we’re gonna foot the bill for their new tv, the electricity to run them and the house to secure it all... GEZZ........ I’m gonna quit work and get me some of this...


18 posted on 11/05/2007 8:35:36 AM PST by Chickenhawk Warmonger (The Media Lied & Soldiers Died)
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To: Trueblackman
""We want the American people, all of the American people, to have the proper information before heading to the polls in 2008." Asked why language was inserted to specifically bar FOX News Channel from programming, he replied, "FOX News isn't a source of proper information.""

Indoctrination 101 - Never let the subjects know any thoughts other than the ones you want them too...

19 posted on 11/05/2007 8:35:49 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Trueblackman

“The affected bill, a 3.5 billion dollar spending measure that proponents say is necessary to educate potential voters before the 2008 elections, has met with great resistance from conservative legislators on both sides of the aisle who portray it as just one more unnecessary entitlement tacked onto an already over-burdoned welfare system.”


Just so I have this straight....they want to spend 3.5 BILLION dollars to give cable tv to poor people? Have they lost their flipping minds? This is insane.

VirginiaMom


20 posted on 11/05/2007 8:35:51 AM PST by VirginiaMom
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To: Trueblackman

The bill is to educate voters about the 2008 elections, but then they try to exclude the #1 rated cable news network? Don’t Dems see how stupid this makes them look?


21 posted on 11/05/2007 8:36:20 AM PST by KingKenrod
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To: Nervous Tick

Since when do these individuals not have to pay for cable? Put up an antenna like everyone else did for decades. Taxpayers should revolt over free cable. Food, shelter and medical help is what I thought we were providing. Cable? No way.


22 posted on 11/05/2007 8:36:57 AM PST by oldironsides
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To: Trueblackman
In other words Billingsley thinks everyone should have information as long as that information is approved by him. Billingsley reveals himself to be a communist propagandist and an enemy of free speech and the US constitution. He should be tried for treason and deported.
23 posted on 11/05/2007 8:36:58 AM PST by monday
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To: Trueblackman
"FOX News isn't a source of proper information."

Sieg Heil!
('cause we all know what "proper" means!)

24 posted on 11/05/2007 8:37:22 AM PST by JoeSixPack1
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To: Trueblackman
The affected bill, a 3.5 billion dollar spending measure that proponents say is necessary to educate potential voters before the 2008 elections, has met with great resistance from conservative legislators on both sides of the aisle who portray it as just one more unnecessary entitlement tacked onto an already over-burdoned welfare system.

So the Dem's don't think a channel that has sponsored presidential candidate debates is part of the education of voters. Outrageous!

More to the point, I have always thought allowing folks to vote in any language but English allows those with limit information to vote. If I only speak Spanish doesn't matter how many cable channels you make available to me, I still can't be as educated as the English speaker.

25 posted on 11/05/2007 8:37:24 AM PST by w1andsodidwe (Jimmy Carter allowed radical Islam to get a foothold in Iran.)
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To: Trueblackman

“”FOX News isn’t a source of proper information.”

Massive Democratic Party sponsored censorship. I’d capitalize on it this election season and compare the Democrats to the Communist Party of the old Soviet Union.


26 posted on 11/05/2007 8:37:48 AM PST by CodeToad
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To: Trueblackman

How about NO taxpayer funded cable for the poor? The last thing they need is another reason to sit on their ass all day.


27 posted on 11/05/2007 8:37:50 AM PST by lesser_satan (READ MY LIPS: NO NEW RINOS | FRED THOMPSON '08)
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To: Trueblackman

Congressional Democrats can count among their ranks a great number of vindictive, petty little tyrants.


28 posted on 11/05/2007 8:38:04 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (Kill the terrorists, secure the borders, and give me back my freedom.)
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To: Trueblackman

Wait. There’s taxpayer funded CABLE? So you can be poor, but afford a home and a TV, but the government (i.e., you and me) provide cable?

My daughter and her husband (both grad students) can’t afford cable so, get this, THEY DON’T HAVE IT! Not that complicated.


29 posted on 11/05/2007 8:38:56 AM PST by trimom
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To: Trueblackman

The Fairness Doctrine- Censor the right.


30 posted on 11/05/2007 8:39:23 AM PST by tennteacher (Duncan Hunter '08)
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To: rocksblues
There is nothing the left will not attempt in order to win.

Perhaps, we do need a Voter Education Act since few people have recognized that this article is satire.

31 posted on 11/05/2007 8:39:37 AM PST by trumandogz (Hunter Thompson 2008)
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To: Nervous Tick

Yes, and if they have to identify themselves at the polls. It’s tantamount to a literacy test.


32 posted on 11/05/2007 8:39:55 AM PST by ichabod1 ("Self defense is not only our right, it is our duty." President Ronald Reagan)
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To: 2banana

“Why are we paying for any cable TV for the “poor” in the first place?”

Bread and circuses. Make sure they have cable, so they don’t spend time trying to figure out why they are poor, or what’s going on around them.


33 posted on 11/05/2007 8:40:14 AM PST by brownsfan (America has "jumped the shark")
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To: Trueblackman
If your sucking the taxpayer tit on welfare, you have no damn business with cable TV subscription. A TV is a LUXURY item, not a necessity. The stinking Democrats are out there buying votes with taxpayer money.
34 posted on 11/05/2007 8:40:20 AM PST by Myrddin
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To: andy58-in-nh
I suspect FNC is going to have a lot of fun with this and make asses of the democrats who sponsored the amendment.
35 posted on 11/05/2007 8:40:40 AM PST by NEPA
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To: goldstategop

"All we have to do is keep our constituents stupid -- until it is too late for them."


36 posted on 11/05/2007 8:40:40 AM PST by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: absolootezer0
If Hillary! gets in, you betcha. Remember what she said after Drudge broke the Lewinsky scandal after the mainstream press had spiked it? Something about how the Internet needs an "editing" function (presumably by the government).

Mark my words, two things for sure will happen in the first 100 days of the Hillary Administration, either by legislation or executive fiat. The first will be a reinstatement of the "Fairness Doctrine". That will end talk radio as we know it today. The other will be regulation of the Internet. Sites like FR will be history, while others like KOS and DU will flourish, probably at taxpayer expense. Controlling speech and communications (and thereby the organizing power it allows) is the first order of business for any tyranny.

37 posted on 11/05/2007 8:41:27 AM PST by chimera
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To: Myrddin
your -> you are

Engage brain before clicking post.

38 posted on 11/05/2007 8:42:34 AM PST by Myrddin
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To: Trueblackman
The Rats' inspiration:

"All Of Germany Hears The Fuhrer On the People's Radio."

39 posted on 11/05/2007 8:42:38 AM PST by dfwgator (War Damn Eagle!)
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To: Trueblackman

WHY IN THE H*LL IS MY TAX MONEY BEING USED TO PAY FOR CABLE TV FOR WELFARE RECIPEINTS? (yes I know, “caps” means you’re yelling-I’m yelling)


40 posted on 11/05/2007 8:42:39 AM PST by mrmargaritaville
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To: Trueblackman
Asked why language was inserted to specifically bar FOX News Channel from programming, he replied, "FOX News isn't a source of proper information."

Well, at least we know where he stands--together with the rest of the Democrats.

Sometimes this sort of irritation is worthwhile, just to expose the bias of others.

41 posted on 11/05/2007 8:43:05 AM PST by AmericanExceptionalist (Democrats believe in discussing the full spectrum of ideas, all the way from far left to center-left)
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To: trumandogz

Give that man a hand.


42 posted on 11/05/2007 8:43:05 AM PST by Trueblackman (Terrorism and Liberalism never sleep and neither do I)
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To: samtheman
Why don’t they just ban Fox News altogether?

They're studying Putin's methods as we speak.

43 posted on 11/05/2007 8:43:11 AM PST by Defiant ("Expectorate" has Specter in it.)
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To: Trueblackman
"...the 'Voter Education and Inclusion Act.' ...claims that without [a FOX-free] cable television, an irreplaceable source of political info and events, millions of voters nationwide will be disenfranchised from the process."

.....Why do I have this sudden desire to tune into PBS?

44 posted on 11/05/2007 8:43:35 AM PST by norton (Go ahead, vote for Hunter, you know you want to.)
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To: Trueblackman

When Hill is president, Billingsly will be Minister of Disinformation.


45 posted on 11/05/2007 8:43:39 AM PST by purpleraine
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To: Trueblackman
Banning Fox News is one thing, but is anyone picking up on the fact that they want to provide cable TV to welfare recipients?
46 posted on 11/05/2007 8:44:02 AM PST by John Jorsett (scam never sleeps)
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To: Chickenhawk Warmonger
i guess we’re gonna foot the bill for their new tv And it better be a BIG Screen HDTV too.With a game board or two for the chillins.
47 posted on 11/05/2007 8:44:49 AM PST by bikerman (_ _ . /_ _ _ /_ . . / / . . . . / . / . _ . . / . _ _ . / / . . _ / . . . //)
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To: Trueblackman

Like the good little Stalinists they are, they feel compelled to suppress or purge dissent.


48 posted on 11/05/2007 8:44:59 AM PST by Petronski (Here we go, Steelers. Here we go!)
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To: Trueblackman
Billingsley claims..."FOX News isn't a source of proper information."

WHAT?! I hope Fox picks this up. Talk about blatant censorship and free speech violations. Billingsley gets to decide what information the "poor" should get? OMG!

This should be headlines!

49 posted on 11/05/2007 8:45:15 AM PST by Tenacious 1 (The earth is getting Warmer! It ain't my fault. Let's boycott Mother Nature!)
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To: mrmargaritaville
WHY IN THE H*LL IS MY TAX MONEY BEING USED TO PAY FOR CABLE TV FOR WELFARE RECIPEINTS?

The article fails to mention that President Bush was already agreed to sign the bill.

Moreover, the article has another mistake. It is not 3 billion for free cable but actually 3 trillion dollars for Free Cable to the Poor.

50 posted on 11/05/2007 8:45:49 AM PST by trumandogz (Hunter Thompson 2008)
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