Neutering The Press

A President of firsts, nearly all of them bad.

The desperation witnessed by this second termer, his personal vision gone off the rails, an intractable Congress road blocking his agenda, and posterity whispering in his ear ,”What have you done for me lately?”, it is full court press time. Threats of executive orders and end runs round Congress have only been received by raised eyebrows, but little fealty. So another tactic has been adopted, harnessing the powers of a complicit and compliant ally, usurping the very powers of a free press in order to shape public sentiment, is this Obama at his most pernicious?

The Obama Administration’s Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is poised to place government monitors in newsrooms across the country in an absurdly draconian attempt to intimidate and control the media.

Before you dismiss this assertion as utterly preposterous (we all know how that turned out when the Tea Party complained that it was being targeted by the IRS), this bombshell of an accusation comes from an actual FCC Commissioner.

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai reveals a brand new Obama Administration program that he fears could be used in “pressuring media organizations into covering certain stories.”

When reading this what immediately comes to mind is the old Soviet regime and their use of “political officers”, used to make sure the people only said (and thought) good things about their taskmasters.

That’s right, the Obama Administration has developed a formula of what it believes the free press should cover, and it is going to send government monitors into newsrooms across America to stand over the shoulders of the press as they make editorial decisions

Absent (so far) is any threat of punishment if news organizations don’t toe the party line. But we have seen this episode before with the IRS and how they treated Tea Party non profits, ”
We decide who gets non profit status, we decide which news organizations gets their FCC license renewed”.

It’s really not that hard to see whats coming;

Network Exec. ,” This is quite a list of restrictions you got there, how am I suppose to run a news show?”

FCC rep. ,”It might seem restrictive but it’s really not, here is how to best play it, don’t portray the president in a bad light, capisce? If the story you are running reflects negatively on the administration, run something else in it’s place, no stories about Benghazi, the IRS, the NSA, executive orders, and for God sakes, no foreign policy stories or anything having to do with the economy. Avoid those topics and you will be fine.”

A good argument could be made that this whole thing is a wasted effort since few American’s watch the news or read newspapers, they would rather get their news from the likes of Stewart or Colbert, venues which clearly has it’s own unwritten rule about not making the president look bad.

You would think that reporters of any persuasion would push back on this nonsense, since he has tried muzzling the press before, but MSM has lost all credibility when they talk about their obligation and ability to report the news. Their agenda is his agenda, so why would they bristle at this obvious and unconstitutional breach? Given the coziness of their tryst, few “monitors” will be needed, one over at Foxnews, one at the WSJ, one over at the Washington Times, maybe a few more dedicated to making sure that the nations blogs follow orders, other than that, it is smooth sailing for that fundamental change to our American way of life.

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  1. Seattle Outcast

    This would be part of “fundamentally transforming America” – into the USSR….

    Let’s remember who his mentors and associates are: a large number of self-professed marxists, a domestic terrorist, a preacher who says “god damn America”, and a wife who says she’s never been proud of her country – until her weed-smoking husband got elected on empty promises.

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  2. Seattle Outcast

    This has taken all the major press outlets in a complete shitstorm of “oh, like hell you will” – I’m waiting for CM-Tard to explain to us how the US will benefit from Obama turning the nation’s press into Pravda, and to hell with your constitutional rights….

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  3. richtaylor365 *

    Whatever push back we see from the MSM is obligatory, but I wonder just how different their newscasts would be with a WH monitor on scene. My guess is that nothing would change since they would both be on the same page as to what is newsworthy and what isn’t.

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  4. Seattle Outcast

    That’s true for HBO (fake news for idiots), CNN, and MSNBC (which isn’t even a news outlet any more), but others would be in for a fight with the FCC installed political officer.

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