On second thought, maybe my headline is a mindless redundancy -- sort of like saying Michigan winters are cold and snowy, or NBA players are taller than average.
The shitstorm of leftist B.S. coming our way since the arrogant elitist moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. is so overwhelming, it would be exhausting to comment on all of it. But something caught my eye the other day that is so egregious, I can't resist putting in my two cents' worth.
Ajit Pai, one of five commissioners on the Federal Communications Commission, wrote an alarming piece in the Feb. 11 Wall Street Journal about how his organization is looking to meddle in America's newsrooms. That includes "newsrooms" in the traditional, conventional sense of the word, i.e., offices where PRINT journalists ply their trade. The FCC was originally established to regulate the airwaves (radio for its first 15-20 years, with television and later broadband being added as time went on). But it has no business attempting to lord it over print journalism.
Pai's article, "The FCC Wades Into the Newsroom," states that the FCC plans to thrust the federal government into newsrooms (TV, radio and print publications) with its "Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs." The agency plans to send out researchers to grill journalists about their "news philosophy" and the process by which stories are selected, among other things.
In typical elitist, left-wing fashion, the bureaucrats will seek to ensure that news organizations cover "critical information needs" as well as determine which stations are guilty of "station bias" and how they rate in "perceived responsiveness to underserved populations." This sounds like typical left-speak, along the lines of sustainability, social justice and "truth to power." In other words, the left-wing pipe dreams of laughably idealistic liberals.
At some point, Americans will reach the breaking point with this nonstop condescending nanny state sticking its nose in our business. When does it ever end?
The FCC has eight categories it has deemed "critical information" such as the environment and "economic opportunities." This type of micromanaging from our overlords in Washington, D.C. is absolutely maddening. I want the hacks in Washington determining which news I'm exposed to like I want a Detroit crack addict to borrow my car and run some errands for me.
The FCC is undoubtedly trying to bring back the good old days when it could influence news coverage with the Fairness Doctrine, which was left by the wayside in the late 1980s and officially removed from the books in 2011. The Fairness Doctrine, in addition to being a blatant violation of the First Amendment, often had the opposite effect of what its naive proponents intended. Since the doctrine required broadcast outlets to air contrasting viewpoints on controversial issues, many stations chose to ignore these issues altogether rather than risk alienating many of their viewers or listeners.
In the past 20 years or so, conservative talk radio has caught on big-time, in large part because tens of millions of Americans are fed up with the corrupt, leftist media that is incapable of unbiased reporting. The leftist elites in government would love to quash conservative talk radio, and this latest idiocy is only the beginning.
We're not Venezuela yet, but if Barack Obama and his fellow Trotskyites have their way, we soon will be.