We all know what a big moment it was when President Ronald Reagan stopped the so-called “Fairness Doctrine,” which unleashed today’s era of talk radio.
Now, a new plan from the Obama White House appears to be the internet version of the “Fairness Docterine.” Busybody government bureaucrats, who are appointed by President Barack Obama, are apparently gunning for Fox News and internet icon Matt Drudge’s Drudge Report.
Ajit Pai, a Republican member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) who has already received death threats from Obama-supporters, is sounding the alarm on this secret plan to control the media and put an end to fair-and-balanced news outlets. This is outrageous!
Pai, one of two Republicans on the five-member FCC, has been an outspoken critic of net neutrality regulations passed by the agency on Feb. 26. The rules, which are set to take effect on June 12, reclassify Internet providers as utilities and command them not to block or “throttle” online traffic.
However, Pai said it was only the beginning. In the future, he said, “I could easily see this migrating over to the direction of content… What you’re seeing now is an impulse not just to regulate the roads over which traffic goes, but the traffic itself.”
Continuing, he said, “It is conceivable to me to see the government saying, ‘We think the Drudge Report is having a disproportionate effect on our political discourse. He doesn’t have to file anything with the FEC. The FCC doesn’t have the ability to regulate anything he says, and we want to start tamping down on websites like that.’”[…]
“Is it unthinkable that some government agency would say the marketplace of ideas is too fraught with dissonance? That everything from the Drudge Report to Fox News… is playing unfairly in the online political speech sandbox? I don’t think so,” Pai said.
via CNS News
By regulating the internet and speech by cable news providers, Obama’s FCC is trying to shape the opinions of the masses. No longer can news be fair and objective… And they must promote large government spending programs… OR ELSE!
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This is a shameful attack on the First Amendment by our radical President, just a year away from being finished with his 2nd term.
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