Proof – Democrats Are Silencing Free Speech

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The Democratic Party has been pulled very far left into the camp of the leftists. They are not representing liberalism, they are standing for totalitarianism. They will continually push to eliminate our Bill of Rights and free speech is on the top of the list. Free speech is the First Amendment for a reason and they know it. If it falls, all others fall as well.

When Barack Obama says, “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,” believe him.

Look at some of what Democrats have done so far.

Net Neutrality is about control of free speech. FCC commissioner Ajit Pai recently told the Right Online conference in Washington, D.C., that he can easily foresee a not-too-distant future in which government bureaucrats will try to exert control over websites based on their political content. The FCC wants to regulate free speech out of existence.

“What you’re seeing now is an impulse not just to regulate the roads over which traffic goes, but the traffic itself,” Pai warned.

Pai added that websites such as the Drudge Report and the online outlet of Fox News could certainly become the targets of content regulators intent on imposing their view of “free speech” that they deem fair and balanced.

The Democrat’s Hate Speech bills were being pushed through both houses of congress in 2014.The Democrats found a “crisis” and used it to try to limit speech, though the bills fortunately never passed.

Sen. Markey introduced the Senate Hate Crime Reporting Act of 2014 (S.2219), which was an update to a two-decade old report on the role of telecommunications—the Internet, radio and TV—”in encouraging hate crimes based on gender, race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.” It’s companion bill, HR 3878, was introduced by Rep. Hakeem Jefferies.

Under these bills, the Obama administration would get to decide the definition of hate speech in the media. It’s more big government deciding what hate speech is and isn’t.

In February of 2014, the FCC planned a newsroom survey which presented a serious threat to the First Amendment. The proposal was leaked by Ajit Pai who has become a free speech hero.

The survey called for a Critical Information Needs Study (CIN), which as part of its conclusions, required researchers to enter newsrooms and inquire about how editorial decisions were made.  The study was to include print media over which the FCC has no jurisdiction.

The FCC claimed that “this research can be used to identify and understand the critical information needs (CINs) of the American public (with special emphasis on vulnerable/disadvantaged populations).”

Their categories of “critical information” cover the “environment” and “economic opportunities.” Undoubtedly, issues around the green agenda, redistribution, income inequality would be covered. Obama’s promise zones are an initiative of the group commissioned to conduct the study.

It was clearly not in the purview of the FCC and was a vast governmental overreach.

The CIN study was purposed to consider the question of what station managers, news directors, journalists, television anchors and on-air reporters including radio need to cover. They would have had to share their “news philosophy” which must cover critical information needs for the community.

Researchers also planned to probe journalists as to whether or not management rejected stories with critical information, giving one the impression that the FCC hoped to control what was aired.

The newsroom study is a serious threat to the First Amendment. The government has no place in the newsroom though we know they already are in the newsroom to some degree thanks to the leftists running the mainstream.

Leftists in the media don’t mind monitors in the newsroom. It will work against Conservatives, Republicans and Libertarians, not them – yet. They’re very short-sighted on this.

Two journalism schools and their leftist professors were behind it.

The FCC commissioned the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Communication and Democracy to do a study defining what information is’ “critical” for citizens to have.

The scholars decided that “critical information” is information that people need to “live safe and healthy lives” and to “have full access to educational, employment, and business opportunities.”

That means anything and everything leftists think is critical.

The universities both have close ties to George Soros, the socialist billionaire and, according to CNS News, have received $1.8 million in donations from Soros since 2000. A number of faculty members write for university-based publications allied with Soros-funded outlets.

The study was put on hold while they work on the design. They say they will not interview “media owners, news directors or reporters.”

What they didn’t say was also interesting. Will they still look into media ownership as something that has to comply with their idea of social justice? In other words, will they decide who gets to own stations and how many they get to own? Will the study be used to demonize and go to war with some media outlets?

Some are saying the FCC wants the Fairness Doctrine back. Of course it does. Others say, they are after conservative talk radio. Of course they are. It’s much more than that though, they are after all opposing opinions.

Leftists who now control the Democratic Party believe they have all the right opinions and all the right solutions. They want Americans to get those opinions.

They want their ideas inculcated into the very fabric of our society. It would complete the fundamental transformation.

The FCC study includes print media over which they have no legal jurisdiction. The FCC has just expanded its powers by doing this, little is being said about it, and that’s where much of this story lies.

Yes, they went to war with Fox whom they depict as biased and deceitful, along with any conservative publication or show such as Drudge or TalkRadio, but they also spied on the AP, a left-wing news service. One day, these left-wing news people are going to find they’re next up in the crosshairs. They will cry out for freedom and our rule of law but it will be too late.

 

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