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Big Truthy is watching (some of) you by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2014 This week, President Obama launched a prominent social media campaign on behalf of "net neutrality" and urged the FCC to "keep the Internet free and open." The man has gall. This is the same speech-squelcher in chief whose administration snooped on... Read More
Tucson massacre + Red Queen politics = Hate Speech Inquisition. I noticed a new game the blamestream media is playing this week. It's the same game they played with Sarah Palin last week: Blame the victim. After a slew of Democrat leaders issued open threats against talk radio, conservative radio hosts rose up to defend... Read More
Last gasp.
Thanks to David Lunde for the photoshop The surprise isn't that liberal talk radio network Air America announced it is going bankrupt today. The surprise is that they lasted so long on fumes. Here's an excerpt of the statement on its website pulling the plug (hat tip: Brian Stelter, who has more here): It is... Read More
Cue up "Do the Hustle." Looks like the extortionists of the Congressional Black Caucus got their way. Last week, I noted the CBC's efforts to squeeze bailout money from the Democrats' financial "reform" package for minority-owned businesses -- specifically, the failing radio/media empire of former Malcolm X lawyer and Air America/Jesse Jackson/Al Sharpton/Charlie Rangel crony... Read More
Percy Sutton and Malcolm X, 1963. Well, well, well. The Congressional Black Caucus is trying to shake down the White House -- and taxpayers -- by holding a Democrat financial regulation "reform" bill hostage until Team Obama stuffs it with taxpayer goodies for a minority-owned radio station and other minority-owned businesses. The story is here... Read More
Problem: Too many damned conservative authors dominating the New York Times best-seller lists. Solution: A Fairness Doctrine from books!
I've been spotlighting various members of the speech-stifling "media justice" mob over the past few weeks (here and here). They are Marxist-inspired activists seeking to crack down on conservative political speech under the guise of combating “hate” and crusading for “diversity.” Remember: “Social justice” = redistribution of wealth and economic “rights.” “Media justice” = redistribution... Read More
Witch hunt.
Earlier this week, I introduced you to the "media justice" mob -- Marxist-inspired activists seeking to crack down on conservative political speech under the guise of combating "hate" and crusading for "diversity." "Social justice" = redistribution of wealth and economic "rights." "Media justice" = redistribution of speech and First Amendment rights. Well, they're at it... Read More
My syndicated column today (reprinted below) probes the FCC/left-wing church alliance to silence conservative critics of illegal immigration through "hate speech" regulation. Tip of the iceberg. Jeffrey Lord at the American Spectator first broke the story of how United Church of Christ officials met with kindred spirit/FCC Commissioner Michael Copps earlier this month before launching... Read More
The criminalization of conservative speech has been a recurring theme on this blog. In particular, I've spotlighted the efforts of open-borders groups to marginalize, criminalize, and demonize those of us who have raised our voices for years about lax immigration enforcement -- and to impose a Fairness Doctrine-style policy on amnesty opponents. Keep all that... Read More
In case you missed it yesterday, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck spotlighted Team Obama's direct and indirect threats to free speech -- and how the Fairness Doctrine (or some stealthier form of it) might be reinstituted. Watch the whole thing. Rush has the full transcript. An excerpt: BECK: Now joining me on the phone is... Read More
Dissent must not be tolerated. Jeff Poor reports on the left-wing boycott of Glenn Beck's advertisers here. Matthew Vadum connects the dots to Obama's Green Czar, Van Jones, co-founder of Color of Change. Erick Erickson launches a counter-boycott. Michelle Oddis reports on the Hollywood ties. A reader e-mails a link to a Support Glenn Beck... Read More
The far Left Center for American Progress has its tentacles everywhere. I noted in my column on the Internet Snitch Brigade this morning that former CAP operatives have been installed at HHS and work closely with the health care czar. At Newsbusters, Seton Motley reports on the new FCC "Diversity Officer" -- a racial engineering... Read More
The diversity-mongers on Barack Obama's FCC bean-counting panel don't like how a private radio ratings system is working out for their pet stations. So they're putting pressure on the government to make Arbitron change its measurement tools to ensure politically correct results. Brian Maloney at The Radio Equalizer reports. Who needs the Fairness Doctrine? The... Read More
I mentioned President Obama's new FCC "diversity" panel earlier this week. Well, they met yesterday. And it was every bit as bad as expected. FCC Chairman Michael Copps denied that the panel would move to reinstitute the Fairness Doctrine. But the social engineering/racial bean-counting efforts are underway. Moreover, Judicial Watch yesterday announced that it had... Read More
Skin-deep.
Gird your loins again, conservatives. The diversity-mongers are preparing the next step toward the un-Fairness Doctrine. Obama's acting FCC chairman has named a revamped "Diversity Panel" that will meet on May 7 to remake the airwaves. Via Streaming Magazine: Acting FCC Chairman Michael Copps has announced the full membership of the commission's Advisory Committee on... Read More
Gag me.
Scroll for updates... From Sen. Jim DeMint's office: Today, at 2pm, the Senate will vote on two amendments with respect to the Fairness Doctrine. - The DeMint amendment (Broadcaster Freedom Act) would ban the Fairness Doctrine. - The amendment by Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) would achieve the same goals of the Fairness Doctrine through backdoor... Read More
''They said, 'It's because of the sign in your window.'"
You can't use crazed, frenzied chimps in cartoons to criticize the crazed, frenzied passage of the stimulus. (Yes, there are now protests being staged against the NYPost.) You can't say "Thug Thizzle" or "That One" or "Tricked Out" or wear white or put Franklin Raines in a campaign ad And, now, you can't make statements... Read More
Nightmare on Capitol Hill.
It's Friday the 13th. Jason is a Democrat wielding his knife against conservative talk radio. They are all coming out of the woodwork now. Harkin:
You know grass-roots conservatives on talk radio and in New Media are getting under the Democrats' skin when they publicly renew their Fairness Doctrine agenda again. See. Loud Folks, keep cranking it up.
Vigilance.
Received a notification this evening about a GOP preemptive strike against the Fairness Doctrine to be unveiled tomorrow. Good. Several principled, free-speech Democrats have signed on. No, just kidding about that last part. Just want to make sure you're paying attention. Here's the press advisory: January 6, 2009 *** Media Advisory for Tomorrow *** Republican... Read More
Rated XXX.
Of human bondage. Lots of readers have been alerting me to Chuck Schumer's comments on Fox News this morning, reportedly comparing conservative opinion to pornography that needs to be regulated. Fairness Doctrine here we come. Hot Air should have the video up soon. Perhaps I should get ready to label every one of my blog... Read More
Gag me.
N.M. Sen. Jeff Bingaman cheers the return of the Fairness Doctrine as a "higher calling," via the Jim Villanucci show on KKOB. Radio Equalizer has the scoop. Tilling the soil for the Chicago gangland thugs...
Radio Equalizer's Brian Maloney reports on the latest attempt by leftist speech-chillers to level the talk radio playing field...by suing conservative talk radio hosts to shut them up and shut them down: Barack Obama's thug lawyers give the tactics two thumbs up.
Shut up.
Photoshop credit: Bob Owens My second syndicated column this week looks at the chilling trend of left-wing political speech-squelching and reports on the total apathy of the AWOL ACLU and fairweather free-speech crowd. Feel the chill yet? *** Barack "The Silencer" Obama's Gangland Assault on Free Speech by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2008 Where... Read More
Caution: Chicago Obamaland gangsters at work.
Read this. I ask again: Who's next?
Chill wind blowing.
Scroll down for updates... First, they came for TV stations daring to air an independent ad about Barack Obama and unrepentant Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers. Next, they came for GOP donors. Now, they are shamelessly attacking National Review investigative journalist Stanley Kurtz -- one of conservatism's most thoughtful and penetrating writers on academic and... Read More
Bullying You Can Believe In.
The Obama campaign is giving a glimpse of the future for conservative free speech. They're trying to sic the Justice Department on TV stations, many of them Sinclair Broadcasting stations, that are airing the independent ad on Obama and Bill Ayers. Feel the chill in the air? Barack Obama is striking back fiercely and swiftly... Read More
"I don't know what you're talking about."
The Tides Foundation is one of those high-minded, left-wing "social justice" non-profits funded with Soros money and Teresa Heinz Kerry money. You also know Tides as one of the funders of John McCain's open-borders Reform Institute. The foundation is in the news again, but you won't hear the do-gooders saying much about this:
Obamedia watch.
The ogling Obamedia is so incorrigibly predictable I can't even get mad about this crap anymore. They took a break from staring at Barack's loins and weeping over his nomination to blame Rush Limbaugh for spreading the left-wing Larry Johnson-spearheaded, Bob Beckel-fueled rumors about a purported Michelle Obama rant-- even though Rush, as he noted... Read More
Make some noise.
The most anti-conservative rhetoric against conservative talk radio these days is coming from supposedly free-market conservatives. It's disgusting. Author Mark Helprin's grenade in The Wall Street Journal stands out. Yesterday, he launched an attack on conservative radio hosts who oppose presumptive GOP presidential nominee John McCain. Helprin sneered that their "major talent is that, like... Read More
The company he keeps.
Artwork from an anti-borders art contest held by the John McCain-staffed Reform Institute The McCain campaign continues to perpetuate its Big Lie in the run-up to Super Tuesday. And thanks to MSM enablers and open-borders Republicans rooting for a McCain win, voters are swallowing the Big Lie. The Big Lie is that McCain can be... Read More
"Could be risky."
It's conservative talk radio that's being targeted by the Democrat majority, but in NYTimes world, it's MSNBC and GE that supposedly face horrible risks for considering Rosie O'Donnell as its next cable TV hire. Only in NYTimes world, kids. Only in NYTimes world. *** Related: NYT shills for leftist MSNBC’s “ratings wave” Related: Will Rosie... Read More
ShutUp.org Democrats.
Democrat Rep. Mark Udall is spearheading the resolution condemning Rush Limbaugh. It apparently has 19 co-sponsors now. Meantime, Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar has started a censure bandwagon: Guess he's trying to get back into the nutroots' good graces after signing onto the resolution condemning MoveOn. The Daily Sentinel also points out that Salazar's brother is... Read More
Crushing of dissent.
Update Midnight: Poor Daily Kos is feeling left out of the Rush-bashing action. Kos promotes VoteVets.org diatribe to the front page. Lonewacko has advice on how to fight back. Another target. Update 8:35pm Eastern. Backdoor restoration of the Fairness Doctrine, take two: Wesley Clark ramps up the nutroots' campaign to kick Rush Limbaugh off of... Read More
It's not over.
Cliff Kincaid urges redoubled efforts to get Rep. Mike Pence's Broadcaster Freedom Act passed: Kincaid says a massive public outpouring on behalf of Pence's Broadcaster Freedom Act--akin to the public opposition to
"Sour grapes."
The Courier Post editorial board is speaking sense: Welcome to the "Loud Folks" coalition, Courier Post! Gotta give props to my native south Jerseyans.
House GOP members push for broadcaster fairness. Rep. Kirk: The Fairness Doctrine is "so 20th century." Tom Price:...
***8:00 pm Eastern update*** I reported yesterday that Rep. Pence would be introducing an amendment today to the financial services appropriations bill to prevent FCC funds from being used
CBN's David Brody is causing a left-wing conniption.
The Left is watching its media monopoly crumble, and it doesn't like what it sees. The Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody, who runs a hot politics blog here, has reportedly been invited to join Tim Russert on Meet The Press this weekend. Liberal bloggers, led by the Fairness Doctrine water-carriers at Think Progress, are up... Read More
The Democrat campaign to stifle conservative dissent in the name of "fairness" continues.
You know, it's really funny. Last week, when I noted that the left-wing Center for American Progress report on talk radio was a clever part of the Dem campaign to resurrect the Fairness Doctrine, the nutroots scoffed. Fairness Doctrine? Who said anything about the Fairness Doctrine? Who did? Dennis Kucinich did. Dianne Feinstein did. Now,... Read More
The Center for American Progress, a left-wing think tank seeded with Soros money and possessing a vested interest in a...
Bumped 10:20am Eastern update: The Left wants increased regulation to address the lack of ideological diversity in talk radio. What do they have to say about the lack of ideological diversity in America's newsrooms? "Appears" to confirm? Snort. 10:00am Eastern 6/21 update: Mark Levin strikes back. Update: More on the Center for American Progress below... Read More
There's an important breaking court decision on a political free speech case involving my friends at KVI radio in Seattle. A reader e-mails: Seattle Times coverage: The state Supreme Court said in an opinion released this morning that KVI talk show hosts did not need to report their advocacy for an anti-gas tax campaign as... Read More
Check out City Journal: Adam D. Thierer weighs in on the "media cornucopia" and the Left's attempts to snuff out abundant conservative voices. Scarcity-obsessed Dennis Kucinich has recently introduced plans in Congress to revive the Fairness Doctrine, which once let government regulators police the airwaves to ensure a balancing of viewpoints, however that’s defined. A... Read More
I'm continuing to track the EU's move to regulate Internet videobloggers via the "Television without Frontiers (TVwF)" regulatory plan. Help fight back. Bryan Preston: Some might argue in the EU’s defense that what it’s doing is no different from what the FCC does and has done for decades with respect to broadcast spectrum space. But... Read More