The FCC just imposed what is tantamount to a government crackdown on internet free speech. It’s unconstitutional and they don’t have the authority to do this. Two FCC commissioners, Ajit Pai and Mike O’Rielly, have come out against these regulations, saying that they are ‘far-reaching, largely unchecked and pose a threat to consumer bills and to innovation in the industry.’
Just wait til you see who’s behind it.
From The National Review.
Today’s vote by a bitterly divided Federal Communications Commission that the Internet should be regulated as a public utility is the culmination of a decade-long battle by the Left. Using money from George Soros and liberal foundations that totaled at least $196 million, radical activists finally succeeded in ramming through “net neutrality,” or the idea that all data should be transmitted equally over the Internet.
Soros is a wealthy socialist malfeasant who fantasizes about bringing the United States to its knees economically and militarily, (Obama’s done a fine job of that) and mold the country into his own vision.
The final push involved unprecedented political pressure exerted by the Obama White House on FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, head of an ostensibly independent regulatory body. “Net neutrality’s goal is to empower the federal government to ration and apportion Internet bandwidth as it sees fit, and to thereby control the Internet’s content,” says Phil Kerpen, an anti-net-neutrality activist from the group American Commitment.
Back in the 1990s, the Clinton administration teamed up with Internet pioneers to promote a hands-off approach to the new industry and keep it free from discriminatory taxation. Many still prefer that policy. Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the MIT Media Lab and the charity One Laptop Per Child, says that net neutrality “doesn’t make sense” because “the truth is, not all bits [of data] are created equal.”
……But such voices have been drowned out by left-wing activists who want to manage the Internet to achieve their political objectives. The most influential of these congregate around the deceptively named Free Press, a liberal lobby co-founded in 2002 by Robert McChesney, a University of Illinois communications professor. His goals have always been clear. “At the moment, the battle over network neutrality is not to completely eliminate the telephone and cable companies,” he told the website SocialistProject in 2009. “But the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.” Earlier in 2000, he told the Marxist magazine Monthly Review: “Our job is to make media reform part of our broader struggle for democracy, social justice, and, dare we say it, socialism.”
When I interviewed him in 2010, he admitted he is a socialist and said he was “hesitant to say I’m not a Marxist.” In essence, what McChesney and his followers want is an Unfree Press — a media world that promotes their values. “To cast things in neo-Marxist terms that they could appreciate, they want to take control of the information means of production,” says Adam Therier of the blog TechLiberation.
Certainly McChesney seems blind to the dangers of media control on the left. In 2007, he co-authored a remarkable survey of the media under Hugo Chávez’s already clearly thuggish regime in Venezuela: “Aggressive, unqualified political dissent is alive and well in the Venezuelan mainstream media, in a manner few other democratic nations have ever known, including our own.” Despite his astonishingly radical goals, McChesney’s Free Press group was able to leverage foundation cash and academic “research” into an influential force behind net neutrality.
McChesney is a pal of Obama’s and has quite a bit of influence in the government. He’s also a friend of fellow communist Van Jones and a former editor of The Monthly Review, a communist publication. He wants to crack down on any dissent which runs contrary to his socialist world view:
“Any serious effort to reform the media system would have to necessarily be part of a revolutionary program to overthrow the capitalist system itself.”
Another one of McChesney’s ideas:
“There is no real answer but to remove, brick by brick, the capitalist system itself, rebuilding the entire society on socialist principles”.
Julius Genachowski, President Obama’s first FCC chairman, hired Free Press’s Jen Howard as his press secretary. The FCC’s chief diversity officer, Mark Lloyd, has co-authored a Free Press report demanding regulation of political talk radio.
There it is. Right there. The intent to shut down successful right-leaning radio talk shows, which vastly outdo the left in the ratings. (Remember the failure of leftwingnut Air America?) Rush Limbaugh is at the top of their list.
Lloyd wants government control of media and oversight of media content. He also happens to think freedom of speech is overrated:
“It should be clear by now that my focus here is not freedom of speech or the press,” he said. “This freedom is all too often an exaggeration. At the very least, blind references to freedom of speech or the press serve as a distraction from the critical examination of other communications policies.”
The FCC’s National Broadband Plan cited research from Free Press and other left-wing groups backing net neutrality more than 50 times. The battle for control of the Internet isn’t over. Over two-thirds of the House and Senate are on record as opposing FCC regulation of the Internet, and a new president could change the policy overnight in 2017 even if the courts don’t block it.
Soros, Lloyd, and McChesney are not alone in their vision of a leftwing takeover of American media. The National Hispanic Media Coalition petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to start monitoring “hate speech” on radio and on the internet. ‘Hate speech’ meaning anyone who takes exception to their wild-assed La Raza talking points.
NPR wants to get in on the act by “reinventing journalism”. Former NPR CEO Vivian Schiller wants the creation of a State media that ensures you get your news from the government and NPR, in particular. Schiller and her leftwing friends got together with (surprise) the heads of the FTC and the FCC to work out the details in congressional meetings.
Obama’s agenda has given a boost to the subversive Trotskyites in the media who have designs on gaining control of the free press in America. When they lose the argument, they move to suppress free speech.
Don’t think this latest Obama power grab won’t go unchallenged.