Progressives, or as I like to call them, regressives, no matter of which party, hate the fact that new media is threatening their information monopoly. Bloggers are among their chief targets. John Kerry notes a few months ago…
Steve, from America’s Watchtower, has more…
Yesterday at the U.S. Embassy in Brazil John Kerry said the following:
I’m a student of history, and I love to go back and read a particularly great book like [Henry] Kissinger’s book about diplomacy where you think about the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and the balance of power and how difficult it was for countries to advance their interests and years and years of wars,” Kerry said to a gathering of State Department employees and their families.
“And we sometimes say to ourselves, boy, aren’t we lucky
Okay, nothing wrong there, we are lucky to live in a world where it is much easier for countries to communicate with each other. But apparently the Secretary of State does not see it that way for he continued:
Well, folks,” he said, “ever since the end of the Cold War, forces have been unleashed that were tamped down for centuries by dictators, and that was complicated further by this little thing called the internet and the ability of people everywhere to communicate instantaneously and to have more information coming at them in one day than most people can process in months or a year.
“It makes it much harder to govern, makes it much harder to organize people, much harder to find the common interest. (emphasis added)
Just remember folks, you are too dumb to make your own decisions. You should be like the low information voters that do what they are told.
Dianne Feinstein wants to regulate who can and cannot be a reporter. The Internet’s largest disseminator of news, Matt Drudge, called her a “Fascist”.
Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted for a “Reporter Shield Bill” which would determine who is and who isn’t a journalist.
Here’s Senator Feinstein at the hearing:
Senator Feinstein proposed language that she said,”effectively sets up a test for establishing bona fide credentials that make one a legitimate journalist.” Legitimate journalists will be protected. Non-legitimate journalists, like blogs, will not.
As you might guess, this legislation would have created a situation in which the only “bona fide” journalists would be the ones who repeat their regressive talking points like good little sheep. Remember when the White House said that FOX News wasn’t a “real” news outlet? That would then extend to any source of information that did not tow the Democratic party line. They would be no longer “bona fide.” Then, Democratic operatives would target those sources.
Thankfully, a court has decided that the First Amendment applies to all Americans, and not just the organized liars at MSNBC. Steve, at America’s Watchtower has more…
Today a Federal Appeals Court ruled that bloggers do indeed have protection under the First Amendment of the Constitution:
A federal appeals court ruled Friday that bloggers and the public have the same First Amendment protections as journalists when sued for defamation: If the issue is of public concern, plaintiffs have to prove negligence to win damages.
So, the Democrat’s efforts to create a “playing field” where bloggers can be sued out of existence for writing an opinion, or citing facts, has failed-for now. However, they will be back. As John Kerry points out, the regressives think we are far too stupid to be trusted with factual information, so sources of information outside of the government must be eliminated. After all, how are we supposed to believe that global warming causes it to be cold? How are we supposed to believe that a YouTube video caused Benghazi when it was so clearly a planned attack! How are we supposed to blindly believe that ObamaCare is the best thing since sliced bread when the bloggers show how many people are losing hours, or their jobs, or their plans?
You get the idea. We are dealing with a totalitarian government that is busy consolidating power. To accomplish that, information must be controlled. Bloggers are an obstacle to that, so we have to go.