Skip to comments.Democrats seek to ban FoxNews Channel from taxpayer funded cable for the poor. (satire)
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."
No one asked me for a financial statement when we got cable.
It certainly appears to be. Why are taxpayers getting cable for the poor in the first place? Seems like the “poor” should have to buy some of their own stuff.
“FOX News isn’t a source of proper information.”
That’s just about taking liberal media bias to the stratosphere.
Because that is what happens when you don’t pay attention to what your government is doing and they sneaked this one past us in 1994, calling it Internet Access for all.
Proof to me that they are acknowledging the fact that CNN/MSNBC are run by the DNC. If Hillary gets into office those networks will be state run television ‘round the clock.
No he'll sign the one to provide free cable with all of the Spanish channels.
Will the Dixie Chicks be screaming about this?
At a time like this you should be supporting President Bush and his agenda. And since Bush has already said he supports this bill it is our duty as conservatives to support the bill.M
Call your Congressman today.
But of course the D-rats will claim that there are no jobs to be had as they argue out of the other side of their mouths that more immigrants are needed to do the jobs that the welfare people can’t get because those jobs don’t exist. If that sounds confusing, blame them, not me.
the govenment is going to buy hdtv decoder boxes for everyone though....
The story is satire, but Republicans when they had the Congress should have defunded this so-called Internet Access for All thing.
President Bush not only insisted that the bill provide all the spanish channels but also that he 96 inch Plasma TV’s that are provided to the Poor must be made in China.
Give that man a hand? I think not. Make him get a job and pay for his own hand!
This one was fun. Way too many people fell for it but I can understand why.
However I did have to Google the the name of the bill.
Hillary indicated that when she assumes the Oval Office that all TV, Radio, newspaper and Internet news will have to be approved through the Office of Intellectual and Information Hygiene located in the basement of the White House.
Bush is supportive of the idea.
After dealing with satellite TV and the poor reception on windy or rainy days, I switched to cable. But not until they provided FOX News without paying a premium.
Forget msg 118—somehow the “satire” was missed in the original posting.
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