Who thinks Barack Obama won’t censor any dissent if he can?
He just took over the Internet. He made it into a public utility and with that comes tremendous power.
Obama seizes power with more than a pen and a phone. He demonizes those he wants to eliminate. In the case of free speech, he likes to use Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Drudge, Sean Hannity as his whipping boys. If he can get enough people angry with them, he can censor them.
This is his manipulative Stalinesque technique. He demonized doctors and insurance companies to get Obamacare, ripped into the rich and banks to get Dodd-Frank, belittles law enforcement to seize federal control, pillories oil and gas companies to destroy coal and take over the energy sector, tells us our immigration system is broken so he can violate immigration law freely.
Listen to the comment he made this week about wanting to change the body politic and the media to his liking:
“And so, if we’re going to change how Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) and Sen. Mitch McConnell think, we’re going to have to change how our body politic thinks, which means we’re going to have to change how the media reports on these issues, and how people’s impressions of what it’s like to struggle in this economy looks like. And how budgets connect to that. And that’s a hard process because that requires a much broader conversation than typically we have on the nightly news.”
Prior to that, he introduced it by attacking Fox and misrepresenting them as not caring about the poor,
“I think that the effort to suggest that the poor are sponges, leeches, don’t want to work, are lazy, are undeserving, got traction. And look, it’s still being propagated. I have to say that if you watch Fox News on a regular basis, it is a constant venue. They will find folks who make me mad. I don’t know where they find them. They’re all like, “I don’t want to work. I just want a free Obama Phone, or whatever.” And that becomes an entire narrative that gets worked up. And very rarely do you hear an interview of a waitress, which is much more typical — who is raising a couple of kids and doing everything right but still can’t pay the bills.”
Listen carefully to what he is saying.This is so much more than not liking Fox. He’s gone after other outlets he disagrees with, even the AP, and he has a DOJ that lied to spy on a Fox reporter. Reporters in the mainstream complain they are intimidated and bullied by the White House. He has gone after more alleged whistleblowers than all previous administrations combined.
He’s out in the open now. He is opposed to the free press, not simply Fox News. He wants to “change how the media reports”.
Drudge has been on the Obama administration hit list because his links are very popular, very informative, and they lean right.
On his show May 8th, Rush Limbaugh said that immediately after liberals complained about Drudge and one writing for the hill wrote that Matt Drudge was the second most influential man on the Internet, the following came out.
“…our old buddy from theFCC, Ajit Pai, said over the weekend that he foresees a future in which the federal election committee, federal regulators may go after Drudge as part of net neutrality. Which, by the way, we have previously referenced on this program as part of net neutrality that never gets talked about, and the story by Mr. Pai specifically mentioned that federal regulators will want to go get Drudge because of content, because Drudge’s content is viewed to be political donations in kind.
And net neutrality, make no mistake, I don’t care what you think you know about it, I don’t care if you’ve bought into this mirage that net neutrality is making sure that everybody’s got equal access to websites at the same speed and bandwidth and all that, let me tell you what it really is. Net neutrality ultimately is empowering the federal government to go after websites based on content.
“And if, for example, Drudge would be judged to be a conservative site and by admission there’s nobody even close, he has no competitors, then on that basis alone the FEC could limit Drudge’s accessibility, could limit how many people could log in to Drudge or just eliminate Drudge altogether because liberal, comparable websites aren’t getting near the traffic. And that isn’t equal, and that isn’t fair, and make no mistake, that is the dream of people who believe and start touting net neutrality.”
Sen. Dianne Feinstein among others has actively pursued a law that would regulate free speech with an amendment to the Free Flow of Information Act.
The law is operating under the guise of protecting journalists but the protections the law outlines only apply to “covered journalists”. They get to decide who they are and who they can work for to be covered. It would leave bloggers at such risk that it would end the practice.
Feinstein wants to define who a real reporter is and who gets the protection of the Shield Act. She doesn’t want bloggers to have free speech.
“I can’t support it if everyone who has a blog has a special privilege … or if Edward Snowden were to sit down and write this stuff, he would have a privilege. I’m not going to go there,” Feinstein said, completely misunderstanding the purpose of the First Amendment.
Feinstein introduced the amendment that defines a “covered journalist” as someone who gathers and reports news for “an entity or service that disseminates news and information.” The definition includes freelancers, part-timers and student journalists, and it permits a judge to go further and extend the protections to any “legitimate news-gathering activities.”
She clearly indicated that bloggers are not to be covered by the Shield law along with terrorists.
Make no mistake. This is where the totalitarians are going.
Kirsten Powers recently wrote a book called The Silencing, How The Left Is Killing Free Speech and she’s getting bashed all over Twitter by the statists who don’t like anyone, especially a liberal, talking about free speech being shut down.
The people in power now are not liberals and they are not Democrats. They are far-left statists. They are leftists. Kirsten called Obama’s latest shot at Fox, “absurd, beneath the office,” on America’s Newsroom.
“It’s so much worse than that.