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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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