In a recent post, I analyzed the Obama administration's nascent war on freedom of speech saying:
When you hear [Cass] Sunstein, the POTUS, or anyone on the left call for fairness, level playing fields, obligations of citizenship, or "pressures on our democracy" emanating from the free exchange of ideas, keep in mind the image of an armed mob holding hands with university professors, lawyers, and the police ready to put you in jail or a hospital if you say the wrong thing as defined by them.According to this report, groups of brownshirt wannabes are now coalescing around the administration's fascist ideology.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is being urged to monitor "hate speech" on talk radio and cable broadcast networks.And just who will determine what is "hate speech" on the internet and who is a legitimate "journalist"? For example, is my opposition to hate speech codes a form of hate speech? Gus Van Horn reports on a recent FTC working paper ominously titled, "Federal Trade Commission Staff Discussion Draft: Potential Policy Recommendations to Support the Reinvention of Journalism." He quotes a journalist who urges other journalists to "wake up" saying:
A coalition of more than 30 organizations argue in a letter to the FCC that the Internet has made it harder for the public to separate the facts from bigotry masquerading as news.
[One] cannot deny is what is clearly written in the FTC document and what it reveals about the intention behind the initiative, which is to transform the news industry from an information product collected by private individuals and entrepreneurs as a service to private buyers, to a government-regulated public utility providing a "public good," as defined and regulated by government.The obscure rantings of left wing professors like Cass Sunstein are being brought to life. Journalists wake up, indeed!