Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Byron York continues unraveling the FCC pilot program to monitor (my word choice there) newsrooms across America – “New Obama Initiative tramples First Amendment protections”. After whining for decades about Rush Limbaugh and the evils of right-wing talk radio followed by Gore and other liberals failed attempts to compete in the free market, we have this latest reincarnation of the Fairness Doctrine. Yes, here they come again with another brazen attempt to silence their political opposition and indoctrinate the American people. We’re now supposed to let partisan hacks and left-wing academics police newsrooms around the country to ensure compliance with providing “critical information” (whatever partisan gruel they’re serving). The FCC pilot program is slated to run in SC, home of long-time Democratic Congressman, James Clyburn (famous for rants accusing Tea Party protestors of spitting and using racial slurs – despite no audio ever surfacing to back that – even though reporters were swarming all about and everyone these days has a cell phone at the ready). And why SC, well, because Clyburn’s daughter, Mignon Clyburn, a Obama appointee to the FCC, threw her (and her Daddy’s) political muscle into pushing this latest attempt to muzzle the free press in America (her comments here). Not to worry though – the program is “voluntary”, which means, I am sure , that all those who don’t comply will be publicly named and nudged into line.