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Journalists Won't Put Up with Regime Monitors in Newsrooms? Don't Be So Sure...
Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | February 20, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh

Posted on 02/20/2014 5:29:58 PM PST by Kaslin

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RUSH: I want to start today with this story that the Regime is going to put monitors in American news organization newsrooms. I had a fascinating discussion with two or three people here asking what they thought of it, and without fail, without exception, everybody I asked about this said without the slightest hesitation or doubt that the media will rise up in righteous indignation and opposition and will not put up with this. The media, the New York Times, NBC News, CBS, Washington Post, you name it, they will not tolerate it. They will draw a red line like Obama drew in Syria and is drawing again in Ukraine. They will not allow Regime monitors in there.

Now, here's the story, and there is a report out there now that the FCC has backed off on this. I haven't got much detail on that. It's actually an FCC directory. I've got some audio sound bites. I'm not gonna play them because it would take me away from the point I want to make. But there are people that are asking other experts when they've done segments on this, "Does Obama know about this? Who's doing this?" These are conservative media people, "Does Obama know about it?" Do you think the FCC is doing this on their own? All of this extreme outrageous stuff, like when known communists end up being hired in the Regime. "Does Obama know? How'd they sneak that guy by?"

What do you mean, does Obama know? These people are doing things that they know he wants done. He puts like-minded fellow travelers in there. The idea that all of these extremists are having to sneak things by Obama to get 'em done? This is my point. We're five years into the Regime and there are still learned people on our side who cannot believe that Obama personally would either do something like this or tolerate something like this. Another thing, will journalism schools across the fruited plain stand up in righteous opposition to this?

Here are the details if this is the first you are hearing of this. "The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is poised to place government monitors in newsrooms across the country in an absurdly --" I'm reading from RedState.com, Matthew Clark. It's the best summary of the details. The Regime "is poised to place government monitors in newsrooms across the country in an absurdly draconian attempt to intimidate and control the media. Before you dismiss this assertion as utterly preposterous ... this bombshell of an accusation comes from an actual FCC Commissioner."

So the first thought that somebody has, "Oh, come on, they wouldn't do this. Who are you kidding? What conspiracy kook has put this forward?" And Mr. Clark, "No, no, no, no. This comes from an FCC commissioner himself." The commissioner is Ajit Pai, and this commissioner "reveals a brand new Obama Administration program that he fears could be used in 'pressuring media organizations into covering certain stories.'" And the commissioner spoke to the Wall Street Journal and said this.

"Last May the FCC proposed an initiative to thrust the federal government into newsrooms across the country. With its 'Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,' or CIN, the agency plans to send researchers to grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run. A field test in Columbia, S.C., is scheduled to begin this spring. The purpose of the CIN, according to the FCC, is to ferret out information from television and radio broadcasters about 'the process by which stories are selected' and how often stations cover 'critical information needs,' along with 'perceived station bias' and 'perceived responsiveness to underserved populations.'"

That's from the commissioner, the FCC, explaining why the Regime wants monitors in radio and TV newsrooms. To make sure that they're not biased or to catalog the bias, to make sure that they are serving the minority populations and to determine how they decide what and what not to report. Now, sit tight. Hang on. "The FCC is now expanding the bounds of regulatory powers to include newspapers, which it has absolutely no authority over."

When the First Amendment was written there was no radio and TV, obviously. So it was newspapers, pamphlets, it was the printed word. There's literally no federal regulation of newspapers. And the only reason there is in broadcasting is because of this notion that the airwaves are public and the government issues licenses to broadcasters granting them permission to use those airwaves. But still, in the news division of those broadcast outlets, the First Amendment applies. But it doesn't apply to cable because cable's not over the air. The FCC has no authority over what's on cable, even though they try to assert it, but it's not over the air. So there is no public interest there.

Same thing with newspapers. Newspapers are totally off-limits, and yet the commissioner the FCC says they are "now expanding the bounds of regulatory powers to include newspapers, which it has absolutely no authority over, in its new government monitoring program. The FCC has apparently already selected eight categories of 'critical information' that 'it believes local newscasters should cover.'

"That's right, the [Regime] has developed a formula of what it believes the free press should cover, and it is going to send government monitors into newsrooms across America to stand over the shoulders of the press as they make editorial decisions. ... Every major repressive regime of the modern era has begun with an attempt to control and intimidate the press."

Not really. That's second, a very close second. But you want to know the truth? Every major repressive Regime of the modern era has begun with universal health care. That's the first thing Hitler did. That's partly how you get the media on your side. Is it championing issues all of them support. Then you go get total control over them. But health care is the first thing, because that is direct control, total control over everybody in your country.

So it's health care they go after first, repressive regimes. It's not the media. And just as it is elsewhere around the world, it's health care here, and now they're going for the media. Now, imagine a government monitor telling Fox News it needed to cover stories the same way MSNBC or Al Jazeera does. Now, before... (interruption) Now, wait a second. (interruption) Just hang on. I know what you're doing out there. Believe me, I have empathy.

I know exactly how you're reacting, what you're thinking, and what you're shouting at the radio. I'll get to all that in just a second. But some of you think that there's no way. "The media's gonna rise up in indignation, righteous opposition. They're not gonna put up with this." I want to give you an alternative way of looking at this -- and if you think that something like this isn't possible, I want to explain and illustrate for you and give you an example of where it is happening.

Not in the media, however.

Well, not technically in the media, but I can give you a flat-out current, right-now example of the Department of Justice putting a monitor inside a company and demanding that this guy have access to every executive, to talk to them any time he wants and to make judgments and report back to a judge on what he sees going on in this company every day. It's happening at Apple, Inc. I know some of you think this, "Rush, this is never gonna happen." I know what the reaction is.

Of course, this will not be complete 'til I tell you what I think. Now, Snerdley's in there saying, "There's no way. There's literally no way the press gonna put up with this." Before you think that, before you automatically reflexively think that the press isn't gonna put up with this, I want to give you an alternative way of looking at this, and I want to ask you a question. Is there anything that the Regime has done or is doing, to anybody, that has the media upset?

And there is. One small, little thing.

The Regime is restricting access. The media's upset that they don't have access. It's just minor, tiny, irrelevant stuff. But that's it. They're not upset at anything the Regime's doing. They're not upset at what they were doing Tea Party, IRS, nothing. They don't find one thing the Regime is doing worthy of reporting on. They certainly do not suspect the Regime. They are not at all concerned with the power the Regime is amassing, not as they would be if this were a Republican Regime.

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RUSH: Now, folks, this FCC story where they want to put monitors in American newsrooms is not actually new. This story has been kicking around the Internet since it was first proposed almost a year ago. It was proposed in May of 2003. But it wasn't until one of the commissions in the FCC, Ajit Pai, wrote the op-ed for the Wall Street Journal 10 days ago, and it was only yesterday that that op-ed was noticed, even though it was 10 days ago.

Because a commissioner has actually now written an op-ed warning of what the government wants to do, everybody is highly attuned to it. Now, at first the ostensible purpose of the study, putting monitors in newsrooms, was theoretically to help the FCC "figure out how to lower entry barriers for minorities in broadcasting." That's what they said. They want to put monitors in there, find out what stories are being chosen and why they're being chosen, and what stories aren't being chosen.

Somehow, this was going to lead to the acquisition of more data helping the government figure out how to get more minorities owning broadcast outlets. However, the question and the whole proposition showed that it was much more intrusive than that. That was just a cover. Actually, the avowed purpose was, "Well, yeah, we want to investigate minority ownership and see what we can do about it." That's a way to get everybody to lay down. Who's gonna oppose that?

"Oh, is that all you want to do? Oh, okay! So the Regime wants to see to it they do everything they can to get more minorities...? Oh, fine. No problem." That's how it's designed. It's designed to just shut everybody up and deflect everybody's attention. Now, after the op-ed that Mr. Pai wrote in the Wall Street Journal, Adweek (of all places) posted an article claiming that the FCC has suspended it. The story now is from Adweek, of all places. (interruption)

Well, no, I got nothing against Adweek, but, I mean, of all the news outlets? There wasn't one that covered it? Here's my point: Not one major media newsroom, news division stood up and said a thing about this. This op-ed's been out there for 10 days and nobody said anything. Anyway, Adweek says that it has been suspended, they've stopped it, they're not gonna go forward. But that's the only place saying so.

I haven't seen any confirmation of it, just Adweek. But I would say it's like everything else that this Regime does. If they've actually suspended this study -- and the study, again, is the placing of government monitors in newsrooms to observe what's going on. If it actually has been suspended, it's just temporary. They're going to do this. They've tipped their hand. They want to do this. They are going to do it.

It's clear the Regime thought they could get away with doing this this time. Hugo Chavez used to do things like this all the time. Now, here's the question. Let's just go hypothetically here. Let's say that Adweek did not discover the study has been suspended. Let's say it's gonna go forward. At some point, they're gonna try it. Will major American media organizations stand up and righteously, indignantly oppose this?

I can make the case that I don't think they would. Most people think instinctively, reflexively, the media not gonna put up with it something like that. "No way! You're gonna have a government monitor in my newsroom? You're gonna be quote/unquote 'monitoring' the stories I choose to cover and the stories I don't want to cover, and you are gonna be cataloging what you think is my bias? No way, pal!" But I can see where, given the current circumstances that exist today, they wouldn't oppose it.

In fact, I could make the case to you that they would welcome it. I explained this to Snerdley today. He could not believe me. He did not believe that I was being serious. "You're joking," he said. No. I can make the case where journalism schools would not oppose it but instead will support it -- and I'll bet I could make the case to you, given current circumstances. I think the media might look at it as an opportunity to get even closer to Obama. I think some might look at it as a way of impressing Obama.

Remember, Obama's the king.

They all serve the guy.

They're all on the same team.

These aren't really journalists; they're just Democrats assigned there.

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RUSH: I'm gonna go a step further, and I'm gonna tell you that I think -- well, let me pull back a little bit. I wouldn't be surprised if journalism professors at University of Missouri journalism school, Columbia school of journalism, hot to trot Kennedy School, Harvard, wherever you find a journalism school, I wouldn't be surprised if it was professors who gave the government this idea. Folks, if you don't think that that's entirely possible, you are not paying attention to what's going on.

There is no journalism anymore. There is an agenda that is put forward each day, the soap opera, whatever you want to call it. The purpose of the media in New York and Washington is to advance the Democrat Party agenda. In the pop culture media, in the sports media, in the so-called news media, there isn't any news. All I'm telling you is that I can see -- and I'm not gonna go out on a limb and predict it, but we'll just see -- I'm just gonna tell you that I, for one, would not be surprised if there is no anger or real outrage. You might have some innocent guy stand up and express mock outrage at this, but I won't be surprised if there isn't any substantive push-back to this. It's the outcome that matters. Journalism flew the coop a long time ago. There isn't any of that going on here.

Now, there are people who think they're journalists, and hearing me say this think, "Limbaugh's off his rocker again," not understanding the context in which I'm offering these comments. That's why I don't worry you. You're all here every day, you understand, you're able to put my comments in context and you know exactly what I mean. There isn't any journalism going on. There isn't anybody standing on a corner telling us what happened that we didn't see. Everything is flavored in terms of how does it affect Obama, how does it affect the elections, how is it gonna affect the Democrats? Everything in the media is oriented toward advancing the agenda of the Democrat Party, the American left, Barack Obama, or whatever.

I'm just telling you that I'm not gonna be surprised at all -- now, remember, Adweek says they've suspended this. They're not gonna go forward with it since it's been discovered. They're not gonna move forward with it now. They're gonna delay it. It was all a ruse based on trying to figure out some things about how to enhance minority ownership of media properties. That's what they said this was about and that's how they were able to get it in under the radar. Then the commissioner wrote the op-ed 10 days ago in the Wall Street Journal. It's finally surfaced and people have seen it, and there is some reaction on the right.

There isn't any reaction to this where you would think there would be. It is conservatives standing up to defend the media. They're not standing up in righteous outrage or indignation over what would happen to them.

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We're gonna start in Philadelphia with Richard. Welcome, sir. Great to have you on the program. Hi.

CALLER: Hi. Good afternoon, Rush. I just want to preface this by quoting Edmund Burke, who said, "For evil to triumph, good men must do nothing." Therefore, this is fully gonna be supported by the clowns at MSNBC. Because if you put a government Ministry of Truth monitor in their newsroom, you're not gonna be able to tell the difference between them and the guys who work at MSNBC. So what do they care? It's just gonna become another compadre in their newsroom, as opposed to Fox or more conservative-minded media. When they have a monitor in there, it's gonna stand out like a sore thumb, and you're gonna have their boot on their neck. These are the good people who are gonna do nothing and let freedom die.

RUSH: Okay. So you would say that Fox would object but MSNBC wouldn't?

CALLER: Well, I think Fox would object more than MSNBC would. Everything is gonna be relative. I mean, they're also establishment-type people, but the more conservative people that have some differences with this Regime are gonna potentially fight it, while the MSNBC and NBC and ABC crew, what do they care whether there's a monitor? They're all the same people.

RUSH: Let me ask you a question, very simply: Has Congress stood up in righteous indignation over Obama usurping their power?

CALLER: Of course not.

RUSH: They haven't. Is anybody? Have doctors, hospitals, anybody stood up and expressed anger and outrage over Obama, who knows nothing about taking over the entire health care industry?

CALLER: Well, I am a physician. I'm living through it. I'm at the end of my career, and I'm thankful that I am.

RUSH: Right. Some people are not standing up in righteous opposition.

CALLER: No.

RUSH: They're trying to figure ways out of it.

CALLER: Well, I mean, the people who are standing up come to be cowed by the vitriol that comes back at them.

RUSH: Right. Exactly right.

CALLER: So, therefore, there are no good people to stand up against this evil.

RUSH: No.

CALLER: Therefore, evil will triumph. That's what I think.

RUSH: I think there are plenty of good people. I think there's just abject fear.

CALLER: Yeah.

RUSH: I think there's total fear of standing up to anything this Regime is doing. You know, why would the media stand up and oppose Obama trying to take over their operation when nobody else is? Congress isn't. Nobody else is standing up in righteous opposition to it. Anyway, we'll explore this further, folks, 'cause I can paint you a picture that you might conclude, yeah, I've got a point.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: cin; fcc; pressminders; propagandapolice; rushlive; rushtranscript

1 posted on 02/20/2014 5:29:58 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

“Welcome to the newsroom, komrade...”


2 posted on 02/20/2014 5:34:15 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Kaslin

The left is pretty quiet about it so they apparently feel that the rules won’t apply to them.


3 posted on 02/20/2014 5:35:33 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Kaslin



4 posted on 02/20/2014 5:37:08 PM PST by Diogenesis
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To: Kaslin

There goes freedom of speech.


5 posted on 02/20/2014 5:37:43 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Kaslin
"That's right, the [Regime] has developed a formula of what it believes the free press should cover, and it is going to send government monitors into newsrooms across America to stand over the shoulders of the press as they make editorial decisions. ... Every major repressive regime of the modern era has begun with an attempt to control and intimidate the press."

Not really. That's second, a very close second. But you want to know the truth? Every major repressive Regime of the modern era has begun with universal health care. That's the first thing Hitler did. That's partly how you get the media on your side. Is it championing issues all of them support. Then you go get total control over them. But health care is the first thing, because that is direct control, total control over everybody in your country.

I beleive gun control/confiscation comes first. The Regime has tried and failed on that account. The question is, "Will patriots use their 2a rights to overthrow tryanny?"

6 posted on 02/20/2014 5:42:06 PM PST by ConservativeInPA (We need to fundamentally transform RATs lives for their lies.)
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To: Kaslin
The Journolist DNC presstitutes in the leftist media won't complain one peep because they think that THIS IS HOW WE CAN MAKE SURE FOX NEWS GETS THEIR JUST DESSERTS FOR LYING.


7 posted on 02/20/2014 5:46:08 PM PST by red-dawg (<<< click for info on my book. Free Kindle download on 2/26.)
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To: Diogenesis; Paladin2

CNN, NPR and PBS are all on the government payroll, so they don’t NEED ObaMonitors.

NBC, MSNBC, CBS and ABCDisney are willing collaborators - they don’t NEED ObaMonitors.

We are watching Faux go hard Left in realtime. But the Leftists will demand that ObaMonitors be assigned to Faux, because they’re EEEEEEEVIL.


8 posted on 02/20/2014 5:48:14 PM PST by Old Sarge (TINVOWOOT: There Is No Voting Our Way Out Of This)
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To: Kaslin

Heck, I thought the liberal news rooms already had fax machines with a direct link to the White House to get there stories.


9 posted on 02/20/2014 5:48:28 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: Kaslin
Obama Media Group photo Obama-Media-Group.jpg
10 posted on 02/20/2014 5:50:57 PM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: Kaslin

This is dangerous to and the left needs to wake up. Everything the left feared about Bush is coming to fruition under Obama.


11 posted on 02/20/2014 6:11:04 PM PST by OpusatFR
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To: Kaslin

The Mainstream Media are Marxists and their ideology is their religion - PERIOD.

As long as the promotion of their religion into the Utopian Marxofascist state is achieved - they will applaud and excuse the use of ‘government overseers’ of the news and information.

The imposition of their political religion is all that matters. By diktat, fiat, force or coercion. Makes no difference how it is imposed, just that it is.

As they have written and said so many times in one form or another - we cannot be trusted with freedom or rights.

Freedom of speech, the press, assembly and redress are…. overrated next to their demand for government to provide everything and decide everything.


12 posted on 02/20/2014 6:15:31 PM PST by INVAR ("Fart for liberty, fart for freedom and fart proudly!" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Kaslin
Oh, I'm sure ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, and probably even CNN will welcome the spy/censors into their newsrooms, if only to help make their collaboration even more intimate.

And don't forget the press: the FCC "proposal" includes the print media. How the FCC has any say over the print media is beyond me, but this is a naked power grab.

They (the Lefty's) know that this just a left-handed attempt to bring back the Fairness Doctrine and force any radio or TV show that leans Right to go Left or lose their license, so they know they're safe.

Watch things get even loonier as the zero king runs out of time for his administration to "fundamentally transform" Amerika into his version of a Muslim Soviet.

13 posted on 02/20/2014 6:18:40 PM PST by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: jeffc
"Muslim Soviet"

That is the best succinct description yet of the "Brave New Obama World" King Barry dreams of creating.


14 posted on 02/20/2014 6:33:14 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Show me the man, and I'll show you the crime." - Lavrentiy Beria (& Eric Holder))
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To: cripplecreek

Well, this is how these kool aid cult leaders do it. People feel there is nothing wrong with it because they do not assume the guy has an agenda and he knows he will do things others will protest about. Obama is establishing a surveillance preempting his future outrageous moves. Not everyone would cooperate with drinking the poison ... he has to do something about it.


15 posted on 02/20/2014 6:40:39 PM PST by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: INVAR

As far as I can tell, only Fox News is reporting this. Hmmmm....


16 posted on 02/20/2014 6:43:56 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: Kaslin
Gregory : "Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?"
Holmes: "To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time."
Gregory: "The dog did nothing in the night-time."
Holmes: "That was the curious incident."

The dog that didn't bark. How very curious that this was not news, was never news, didn't happen. Whose putative "suspension" came to us through Adweek, of all places. To the question "Would 0bama really place commissars in the newsrooms?" there is no apparent curiosity because like the Dog That Didn't Bark, the media are not only fine with it but were in on it from the beginning. These are, after all, people who dedicated themselves to marginalizing and then burying the use of the IRS against the Democrats' political opponents. Why not the FCC?

Should this story not sink to the bottom of the ocean as Benghazi did, we should shortly hear a media blitz spearheaded by Journ-o-list style coordination that the whole thing was a paranoid right-wing fantasy that never happened. Watch carefully who says this, for they are not our friends.

17 posted on 02/20/2014 7:03:50 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Kaslin; All

Time for another House Special Lawyer to Investigate Gestapo Media tactics by Soetoro-Obama, Garrett and Holder.


18 posted on 02/20/2014 7:21:39 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: ConservativeInPA
Well, I suppose I've jumped the shark.

I'm actually starting to believe that this despicable regime isn't going away in 2016. The first thing you do in a coup d etat in seize the networks.

19 posted on 02/20/2014 7:27:22 PM PST by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.)
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To: Kaslin

It sounds as if the simplest thing would be to abolish the FCC, since it’s unconstitutional to begin with. Since when does the Federal government own the air? Did they buy it from somebody?


20 posted on 02/20/2014 7:38:42 PM PST by SamuraiScot
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To: SamuraiScot

the only thing the FCC should do is to make certain that several radio stations are not broadcasting on frequencies so close together as to make hearing either one problematic. That doesnt require much staff,,,


21 posted on 02/20/2014 7:45:04 PM PST by MeshugeMikey (Where are The Weapons Of Mass Global Climate Change Destruction?)
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I thought by now I’d be getting ready to retire and get the hell out of this country but the economy has not made it possible so I’m stuck here for a few more years.

And like I’ve said before, I’m not leaving my country, my country left me.

It started 20 years or so ago here in California.
Just think, Ronald Reagan was once the Governor of this state and it is now the most liberal state in the union. Our Senators are DiFi and Pelosi.

What the hell happened? Oh, 10 Million Illegals invaded.
Many parts of the state, especially Southern California aren’t even recognizable anymore.

And once the Dems turn TX which they eventually will, it’s over. It might take 20 years but it will happen.

It happened to a state that was Governed by Ronald Reagan so it can happen to TX

I’ll be living in another country, enjoying retirement and a low cost of living and not dealing with leftist idiots.

I’ll lose some freedoms, but I’ll gain many more.

It’ll be a trade-off, but one I’ll gladly take.

I can’t stand to see what’s happening to this once-great country which is one of the reasons I’ll be moving overseas within the next few years for good.

I feel bad for the younger people that missed out on the Reagan years and didn’t have to deal with Political Correctness and all this Homo Bullshit and a media that gets more openly liberal by the day.

At least 20-30 years ago, they made an attempt to give the semblance of fairness. Now, they might as well wear cheerleader outfits with “DNC” across the front while chanting “Obama, Obama, he’s so great, it’s the GOP that we all hate!”

Not to mention, the younger people will be paying outrageous taxes to keep the country from going bankrupt due to Obama and the Dem’s reckless spending.

Thanks, America. It was fun.


22 posted on 02/20/2014 7:46:04 PM PST by Rodney Dangerfield ("It's not a good time for me right now" -- http://therealwendy.com/)
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23 posted on 02/20/2014 7:46:46 PM PST by MeshugeMikey (Where are The Weapons Of Mass Global Climate Change Destruction?)
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To: Rodney Dangerfield
Oops. I meant Senator Boxer, not Senator Pelosi.
24 posted on 02/20/2014 7:48:20 PM PST by Rodney Dangerfield ("It's not a good time for me right now" -- http://therealwendy.com/)
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To: Kaslin

It might be time to move news organizations to another country with more freedom of the press. Use globalization against them. Sort of like Pirate Radio.


25 posted on 02/20/2014 7:58:35 PM PST by Ben Mugged (The number one enemy of liberalism is reality.)
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To: Kaslin
RUSH: I think there's total fear of standing up to anything this Regime is doing.

If some of these people wait too long to stand up - they won't be allowed to...

26 posted on 02/20/2014 8:10:47 PM PST by GOPJ ( America's drifting into totalitarianism because the left's exploitation of social failures.Greenfi)
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To: Kaslin; All

Whether admitted or not, the newspapers haven’t been reporting the news for a long time. The FCC doesn’t have to “take over” newspapers, too may liberals have BOUGHT the newspapers.

The paper here in Mobile, they leave stuff out all the time and are now going to “revamp” the paper into two sections.

I feel like my heads gonna explode.


27 posted on 02/20/2014 8:13:54 PM PST by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: Kaslin

Kurtz: What is the FCC thinking?

Feb 20, 2014 2:01 PM by Ed Morrissey

The better question is this — why should the FCC care what editors at TV stations and especially newspapers are thinking?  More than a week ago, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai blew the whistle on the commission’s proposed study of editorial bias in news rooms, even though the FCC has no jurisdiction on broadcast news content, and no jurisdiction whatsoever on newspapers. Fox News began covering this yesterday:

Fox: FCC probe on editorial choice unnerves media

Howard Kurtz writes today that the FCC doesn’t belong in the newsroom anywhere:

I know that television stations are licensed in the public interest. It’s fair for the FCC to examine how much news a station offers, as opposed to lucrative game shows and syndicated reruns. But the content of that news ought to be off-limits.

The Fairness Doctrine, which once required TV and radio stations to offer equal time for opposing points of view, is no more, and good riddance (since it discouraged stations from taking a stand on much of anything). The Obama administration swears it’s not coming back.

How, then, to explain this incursion into the substance of journalism, which seems utterly at odds with the notion of a free and unfettered press?

Now some of the commentary about this is overheated, with talk of an FCC “thought police” and so on. The effort is beginning in a single city. But already there are signs that the commission is backing off.

Adweek reports that “controversial” sections of the study will be “revisited” under new chairman Tom Wheeler. An FCC official told the publication that the agency “has no intention of interfering in the coverage and editorial choices that journalists make. We’re closely reviewing the proposed research design to determine if an alternative approach is merited.”

The FCC should keep its alternative approaches to itself, as even the posing of these questions carries an intimidation factor. The government has no business meddling in how journalism is practiced. And if George W. Bush’s FCC had tried this, it would be a front-page story.

Just how overheated is that kind of talk, though? It’s difficult to determine any other reason for the FCC to take an interest in editorial decisions unless it wants to intervene in that process. It’s not all that outrageous to believe that the only reason a federal agency wants to conduct a study of an area over which it has no authority or jurisdiction is to craft an argument to get that authority and jurisdiction, especially if it can claim a crisis exists. And the only reason why the government would want to control editorial choice is to make sure it benefits government.

The study design is available online, by the way, and it’s impressive for the depth in which the FCC intends to probe editorial choice. The purpose of the study, according to its authors, is “to identify and understand the critical information needs (CINs) of the American public (with special emphasis on
vulnerable/disadvantaged populations).” This assumes that the American public can’t identify their own “CINs” and find ways to service them in a historically-diverse and dynamic media environment, of course, which is flatly laughable.

The study would involve interviews at all kinds of outlets — newspapers and Internet included, even though they are outside of FCC jurisdiction — in order to determine whether the FCC sees a CIN crisis. What are the purposes of the interviews with media owners, editors, reporters, and others?

The purpose of these interviews is to ascertain the process by which stories are selected, station priorities (for content, production quality, and populations served), perceived station bias, perceived percent of news dedicated to each of the eight CINs, and perceived responsiveness to underserved populations.

The FCC will judge media outlets individually and in groups based on their own perception of critical “CINs” rather than allow consumers to figure that out for themselves.  One of these is “employment information”:

The Critical Review of the Literature established a set of necessary thresholds in each of the eight categories, many of which have both an objective and individual component. For example, in a given community, are there channels for emergency communication that can reach the entire population? If not, who is excluded, for what reasons, under what conditions? Is there a sufficiently robust market in employment information, in print, online or other?

Who determined that “employment information” was one of the Big Eight CINs in the first place? What kind of “employment information” interests the FCC? We have want ads, Monster.com, Craigslist, and most employers have websites with hiring needs listings. If companies want to hire, they’ll determine their own CINs, and people who need jobs will find them. Or does the FCC want to go after coverage of employment information — like, say, jobless rates, workforce participation, and the like?

The answers show just how far outside of the FCC’s jurisdiction this goes. Here are the questions for station owners and HR:

• What is the news philosophy of the station?
• Who is your target audience?
• How do you define critical information that the community needs?
• How do you ensure the community gets this critical information?
• How much does community input influence news coverage decisions?
• What are the demographics of the news management staff (HR)?
• What are the demographics of the on air staff (HR)?
• What are the demographics of the news production staff (HR)?

Not one of these questions fall within the aegis of the FCC, except arguably the community reception of information — and that only for broadcasters. The questions get more intrusive for editors and mid-level managers:

• What is the news philosophy of the station?
• Who else in your market provides news?
• Who are your main competitors?
• How much news does your station (stations) air every day?
• Is the news produced in-house or is it provided by an outside source?
• Do you employ news people?
• How many reporters and editors do you employ?
• Do you have any reporters or editors assigned to topic “beats”? If so how many and what
are the beats?
• Who decides which stories are covered?
• How much influence do reporters and anchors have in deciding which stories to cover?
• How much does community input influence news coverage decisions?
• How do you define critical information that the community needs?
• How do you ensure the community gets this critical information?

When one looks at the actual study commissioned by the FCC, it’s difficult to laugh off the “thought police” aspects of it. That’s especially true with the surfeit of demographic questions that belong more to the EEOC’s jurisdiction, and the stated focus of “perceived responsiveness to underserved populations,” in an era of exploding choice and demographic targeting by media. One can see the “crisis” the FCC will want to solve a mile off.  It’s pretty obvious what the FCC is thinking.

The Anchoress clarifies matters for Kurtz:

“What are they thinking?” Mr. Kurtz, it’s pretty obvious; they’re thinking no one in the mainstream press has asked them a difficult or challenging question in 7 years, so why would they start now.

. . .we no longer need wonder why the mainstream media seems unconcerned about possible attacks on our first amendment rights to freedom of religion and the exercise thereof. They have already cheerfully, willfully surrendered the freedom of the press to the altar of the preferred narrative. People willing to dissolve their own freedoms so cheaply have no interest in anyone else’s freedom, either.

I hope that helps, Mr. Kurtz.

They’re thinking that no one’s paying any attention. And so far, for the most part, they’ve been correct.

Update: I fixed a formatting error in The Anchoress’ excerpt. Also, my friend Warner Todd Huston sent up the first signal flare on this issue in November, so be sure to read that post, too.

28 posted on 02/20/2014 8:23:47 PM PST by Bratch
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To: cripplecreek

ExZACTLY.

The Marxists have no fear what so ever of the sniffing FCC snots showing themselves, but would love to see them ice FOX and all conservative competition, which is the sole purpose behind this idea, in the first place.


29 posted on 02/20/2014 8:23:57 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: atc23

First you seize health care.

Then guns.

Then the media.


30 posted on 02/20/2014 8:24:04 PM PST by GOPJ ( America's drifting into totalitarianism because the left's exploitation of social failures.Greenfi)
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To: atc23
The first stage of a culture war is to cease supporting the enemy.

The second stage is to push back by building up your institutions that make your way of life possible.

The third stage is to use those institutions against the enemy. - Greenfield.

We fight back by building up our institutions, churches, synagogue, conservative civic groups etc... If we're not careful we'll all be joining resistance soon...

31 posted on 02/20/2014 8:29:07 PM PST by GOPJ ( America's drifting into totalitarianism because the left's exploitation of social failures.Greenfi)
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To: cripplecreek
For a journalist like Chris Matthews, being monitored by this Administration would be like free live porn cam.

He and Obama could watch each other touch themselves while they both marveled at how hot Obama is.

32 posted on 02/20/2014 8:29:15 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Kaslin

33 posted on 02/20/2014 8:30:44 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Rodney Dangerfield

Where are/were you planning to go?


34 posted on 02/20/2014 9:12:17 PM PST by upchuck (South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy for Speaker of the House!!!)
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To: Kaslin

Rush really should INVITE one of the Federal fascist news “observers” into his news room, and then harass him/her mercilessly as well as broadcasting a running commentary of the conversations. It would be an awesome gag.

Maybe even better would be to have a running gag of a FAKE Federal newsroom monitor, and then Rush could make up anything he wanted about it, thoroughly ridiculing the whole thing, ridicule which would kill the whole idea quicker than simply protesting it.

BTW, the only big media outfit dealing with this story has been News Corp outlets. It wasn’t until after Megyn Kelly’s broadcast last night that the MSM has bothered to mention it: WaPo just ran their first story on this 29 minutes ago. Some of the lesser outlets mentioned it 12 hours ago. NY Slimes, LA Slimes, NBC/CBS/ABC/CNN/AP/McClatchy/Yahoo/Google? Nothing. Nada. Zip.


35 posted on 02/20/2014 10:18:02 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Kaslin
I think a lot of the Press welcome their new insect overlords.


36 posted on 02/20/2014 10:34:22 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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bkmk


37 posted on 02/20/2014 11:54:53 PM PST by AllAmericanGirl44
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To: Shadowstrike

Newspapers are undergoing a self-clean-up episode currently. If some dimwit bought a paper back in the 1980s and converted it as a cheerleader function for one particular party....they find themselves today with a profitless newspaper. They actually have to find money somewhere in another pocket to pay for the bare minimum in reporters and cover production cost.

NewsWeak and Time are valued at roughly $1 each today. That says a lot about the anchor tied onto them and their ability to ever recover. Whoever owns them....needs massive profits from a second business front....to cover his or her “hobby”.

CNN is reaching the same climax....unable to cover current production costs because of declining profits. Their owner has to be extremely wealthy in other affairs...to cover this sinking ship. MSNBC is not much better.

I’m not sure this monitor business will be seen as practical and helpful to the current players. 2016 isn’t far off....a new regime change....Republican president....suddenly the monitors will be all over MSNBC and CNN.

I should add this...there’s nothing that says Fox News needs to stay with it’s operation in the US. They could easily move into Quebec or run their production studio from some off-shore boat, and just transmit via satellite across the nation. At that point....the FCC game is useless, and they might as well get back to monitoring Jeopardy and Saturday morning cartoons.


38 posted on 02/21/2014 12:13:34 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: MeshugeMikey
the only thing the FCC should do is to make certain that several radio stations are not broadcasting on frequencies so close together as to make hearing either one problematic.

A private industry association could handle that. It would be in everyone's interest, since neither station would want the other station's chatter busting up its signal.

I think that since all these extra-Constitutional agencies have reached their (inevitable) point of total corruption at the top, we can't trust them even to do something as simple as signal-traffic-control. The only solution is to start killing them. I'm certain that, as in this case, what seems at first blush to be a necessary function of government will prove to be unnecessary.

39 posted on 02/21/2014 7:43:08 AM PST by SamuraiScot
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To: SamuraiScot

there we have it.

self regulation is the hallmark of the healthy individual

and the healthy individual acting in concert with others....

authoritarian nonsense demands “top down” control while offering no benefit to ANYBODY


40 posted on 02/21/2014 7:50:03 AM PST by MeshugeMikey (Where are The Weapons Of Mass Global Climate Change Destruction?)
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To: null and void
"News" outlets will simply start re-labeling themselves "commentary" websites. The Left will lose this censorship attempt. 'Winning the Future'? ...NO!
41 posted on 02/21/2014 5:30:36 PM PST by 4Liberty (Optimal institutions - optimal economy.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

42 posted on 02/21/2014 5:32:11 PM PST by 4Liberty (Optimal institutions - optimal economy.)
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To: 4Liberty



43 posted on 02/21/2014 5:48:54 PM PST by MeshugeMikey (Where are The Weapons Of Mass Global Climate Change Destruction?)
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To: MeshugeMikey

lol


44 posted on 02/21/2014 6:23:01 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: cripplecreek

It has nothing to do with that. Since they “proper” news sources are already card carrying members of the propaganda department it’s just another way to reimplement the Fairness Doctrine and to shut down any opposing views.

Venezula, China, Russia, Cuba, North Korea anyone?


45 posted on 02/21/2014 6:25:28 PM PST by Fledermaus (If we here in TN can't get rid of the worthless Lamar, it's over.)
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To: GeronL

There are NO Weapons of Parody I will Not Use!!


46 posted on 02/21/2014 6:30:22 PM PST by MeshugeMikey (Where are The Weapons Of Mass Global Climate Change Destruction?)
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To: Kaslin
... the Regime is going to put monitors in American news organization newsrooms.

Superfluous.

47 posted on 02/21/2014 7:05:51 PM PST by kitchen (Even the walls have ears.)
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