Skip to comments.Mass. senator seeks to regulate TV, Internet, radio for ‘hate crimes’ (Markey)
Posted on 05/01/2014 9:08:28 AM PDT by jazusamo
Democrat Sen. Edward Markey from Massachusetts says the government should crack down on broadcast messages that promote what he calls hate crimes, by regulating content on television, radio and the Internet.
Hes proposed commissioning a government study to find ways to stop the broadcast outlets from encouraging hate crimes through their various communications, Breitbart reported.
But First Amendment supporters say it cant be done.
This proposed legislation is worse than merely silly, said civil liberties lawyer Harvey Silverglate, in Breitbart. It is dangerous. It is not up to Sen. Markey, nor to the federal government, to define for a free people what speech is and is not acceptable.
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Hate Crime = Conservative Speaking
The biggest hate crime here is Markey being foisted upon the people of Assachusetts! He cannot even rise to the level of “moron”! For Eddie that would be a goal!
The EXEMPT are hated because they deliberately
keep the US Borders wide open while arming al Qaeda,
and deliberately invite terrorists in to murder,
such as with the Boston Atrocity.
In the place of their Oath, the hated EXEMPT
such as ice-cream salesman Markey
are going after Americans.
This cannot possibly end well.
Exactly...Can you imagine the party 0bama, Reid, Pelosi, Holder and most all Dems would have should a bill like this pass?
0bama would be calling on all of them to submit suggestions for executive orders.
That would depend on who is defining the ‘hate crime’.
It would change from political administration to administration.
This is nothing more than a flagrant attempt to muzzle free speech.
The idea is wrought with unintended consequences.
Infringing on our liberties is about as hateful as it gets.
I am free to hate whomever I choose to hate, Mr. Markey.
There is no such thing as a hate crime.
Mr. Markey is a madman.
Well said by you both.
We have a First Amendment for a reason but leftists abhor it.
I disagree. The people who voted for him ARE idiots, but Markey is a statist who wants total government control over every aspect of our lives. He's far worse than an idiot. He's a dangerous wannabe tyrant.
What makes you think the consequences are unintended?
You make an excellent point, especially with the dangerous wannabe tyrant part.
I find two things that unsettle me.
1. Markey was NOT “foisted” on the people of Mass. He was duly and legally VOTED into that office. (Not by me)
2. Alan Dershowitz is beginning to make statements I agree with. One of us is going off the rails. Anyway, when he is correct, he is correct.
Hate crime is defined by whomever is in power.
I don’t get it.
I am already forced to contribute tax money to media (NPR/PBS) that regularly engage in hate speech.
If Markey wants to stop “hate speech” on the air, how about gov’t stop funding it? Just as a first step.
Wonder if we Commonwealth denizens’ll be allowed to post here on Freep.
Remember, this is the land that’s enforcing anti-gun legislation via the quasi-legal ‘Attorney General’s Safety Regulations’.
In a thoroughly Marxian republic, neither the law nor common sense means anything.
One of the peculiar phenomena of our time is the renegade Liberal.
Over and above the familiar Marxist claim that ‘bourgeois liberty’ is an illusion, there is now a widespread tendency to argue that one can only defend democracy by totalitarian methods.
If one loves democracy, the argument runs, one must crush its enemies by no matter what means.
And who are its enemies?
It always appears that they are not only those who attack it openly and consciously, but those who ‘objectively’ endanger it by spreading mistaken doctrines.
In other words, defending democracy involves destroying all independence of thought.
This argument was used, for instance, to justify the Russian purges.
The most ardent Russophile hardly believed that all of the victims were guilty of all the things they were accused of. but by holding heretical opinions they ‘objectively’ harmed the régime, and therefore it was quite right not only to massacre them but to discredit them by false accusations.
The same argument was used to justify the quite conscious lying that went on in the leftwing press about the Trotskyists and other Republican minorities in the Spanish civil war.
And it was used again as a reason for yelping against habeas corpus when Mosley was released in 1943.
These people don’t see that if you encourage totalitarian methods, the time may come when they will be used against you instead of for you.
Make a habit of imprisoning Fascists without trial, and perhaps the process won’t stop at Fascists.
As if this government would ever stamp out the works of those against Christianity. The Leftists in government use taxpayer money to FUND them.
And.....so it begins.
First, Race Police. Then speech police. Then gender police. Then sexuality police. And finally, thought police.
WE ALL KNOW WHAT’S NEXT.
How's *that* for a hate crime?
I live in Massachusetts...come and get me!
You just can't tolerate the thought of a black Governor.
Yet the blame rests squarely on the majority of masshole voters who knowing what the politicians stand for enthusiastically elected them. Your neighbors are your enemy.
Because we the people are too stupid to think for ourselves.
This idiot doesn’t get to decide as per the First Amendment.
Ditto,and then some.
I never could stand him.
Markey is perfect in combination with Fauxcahontas for the idiot senator daily double award.
I think that even beats DiFi and Boxer shorts.
NYS was #1 when they had Hillary and Shuck Chumer.
Statist Dictator. We all know where he is going with this.
When a lefty like Dershowitz disagrees with another leftwingnut, then you know the left has gone too far.
He looks like the kind of moron who feels he can judge other people and tell them what to do.
“That would depend on who is defining the hate crime.
It would change from political administration to administration.”
There won’t be any significant difference between one administration and the next if the Progressive Left is able to finish what they’ve started. Add 20 million left-leaning voters through Amnesty and figure out a way to control the internet and other “alternative media” and you can count on Clintons, Obamas, Bush’s and Romneys from here on out.
Americans should never have let the concept of “Hate-Crimes” take hold. Once you can increase criminal penalties for “hateful motivations” it’s a very short step indeed to outlawing speech itself.
No doubt about it. He’s pulled some idiotic stunts but this one reflects his superiority complex big time.
This was predictable.
Only ACTIONS can be a crime. Hate is not an action. Therefore hate is not a crime.
But they made it a crime in the minds of many. They did it with “hate crime laws” that added a penalty to a real crime when the crime was motivated by certain specified types of hate.
Then, by magic, they dropped the requirement that there be a real crime.
So now, just plain hate is a crime.
Hey senator, shut up. Your job is to safeguard the rights of your state against the ever growing federal government.
Go the **** to North Korea, Markey, you piece of s***.
I guess Jay Z would still be able to promote that all whites are devils though
Maybe he could start in the House, in particular at the CBC.
When it comes to actual respect for the real intent of the First Amendment, hardly anyone can be counted on for that.
The Dersh is a piglet but he is well versed in the law and he is pro Israel so I don’t mind him.
You have no idea how much voter fraud goes on here. Who do you think old Joe
K was in cahoots with?
E. Fauxchahontas is much my Senator as Dumball is my Governor.
Ditto——and he’s my senator.
You’re being sarcastic, right?
Unfortunately, my “neighbors” stretch all across the entire country; they’re called “Democrats.”