A draft of an executive order to be released by the White House found that at least 15,000 people had been affected by political censorship online. CNN reported that a summary of the draft stated that the White House “has received more than 15,000 anecdotal complaints of social media platforms censoring American political discourse.”
Okay. Let’s get this out of the way at the outset. The Trump press conference in Helsinki was a misstep. Which was corrected when seriously responsible people like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich stepped up to the plate and respectfully said so. But. The but comes from the massive - and IOK do mean massive - media meltdown that instantly followed. Typical of the breed was my old colleague David Gergen over at CNN, who said in a discussion with Anderson Cooper (who himself called the presser an “embarrassment”):
A Net Neutrality-free Internet – is the Internet status quo. It’s “The Internet as we know it.” Everything you knew about the Internet the first two-plus decades – is what you know about the Internet now. Everything else being flung at you by the Media-Left – is just ideological monkey poo.
A Net Neutrality-free Internet – is the Internet status quo. It’s “The Internet as we know it.”
Everything you knew about the Internet the first two-plus decades – is what you know about the Internet now.
Everything else being flung at you by the Media-Left – is just ideological monkey poo.
We are a nation of 325 million people. We have a bit of control over the behavior of our 535 elected representatives in Congress, the president and the vice president. But there are seven unelected people who have life-and-death control over our economy and hence our lives -- the seven governors of the Federal Reserve Board. The Federal Reserve Board controls our money supply. Its governors are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate and serve 14-year staggered terms.
On the same day that net neutrality was repealed, a net neutrality obsessed reporter for the New York Daily News was arrested for going on a drunken rampage at a hospital. The New York Post published the details of sad saga yesterday in Daily News reporter arrested after drunken melee at hospital:
It was thirty years ago this week that the FCC, wanting to “extend to the electronic press the same First Amendment guarantees that the print media have enjoyed since our country’s inception,” abandoned the Fairness Doctrine. Some liberals hoped that the Obama administration would retrieve it, but that didn’t happen. That was too bad, indicated The Washington Monthly’s D.R. Tucker in a Monday post. Getting rid of the doctrine, Tucker claimed, was a “destructive” move and “a shamefully successful effort to divide our public airwaves along partisan lines, a choice that made a few people rich while impoverishing our democracy.”
The Hollywood Reporter unveils that PBS and its public-broadcasting brethren have written the Federal Communications Commission with a list of complaints. The headline: “PBS Wants the Government to Reexamine Hard Stance on Indecency.” That’s a funny headline, since we haven’t seen a “hard stance on indecency” since the Hays Commission a half century ago. And that wasn’t even the government.
Our public schools have for decades served not as education facilities - but as social services and indoctrination centers. From which the average graduate can’t read the diploma they're handed - but they can roll a condom on a banana. Where people are brainwashed into preferring failed-everywhere socialism over wealth-producing capitalism - but are blithering, blinkered boobs when asked why.
The late, great comedian George Carlin understood why government does this: “Governments don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. That is against their interests. They want obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. And just dumb enough to passively accept it.”
Opposing new FCC “net neutrality” mandates is suspicious, according to Politico. The politics insider site recently cast suspicion on a conservative group over emails asking legislators to oppose the FCC’s new Internet regulations.
As part of American Commitment’s campaign opposing net neutrality regulations the limited-government, free-market group helped hundreds of thousands of people send emails to their congressmen requesting they oppose the FCC’s Internet takeover.
You get what you pay for. The liberal Soros and Ford foundations spent $196 million advocating for increased Internet regulation. New FCC rules revealed a shocking reliance on liberal activist groups those foundations funded, citing them a total of 206 times.
The 320-page document, released March 12, referenced groups like Common Cause, Free Press and Public Knowledge -- all which received Ford Foundation or Soros money. Public Knowledge was referenced 72 times and Free Press 61 times. Congress began grilling top FCC officials in multiple hearings about the controversial new Internet regulations March 17.
As we know - America’s media is for the most part decidedly Leftist, often befuddled and rarely right. So when they wade into an intricate issue like President Barack Obama’s Net Neutrality Internet power grab - we can only expect even more Leftism, befuddlement and wrongness.
On February 26, the Obama Administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) pretended to be Congress and rewrote law. To suddenly start regulating the Internet under the 1934 Telecommunications Act - under rules written to regulate the landline telephone.