In a very “Hugo Chavez” like moment, Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia recently called for government removal of Fox News and MSNBC. This clear disdain for our freedom of speech and a free press has truly disgusted many Americans.
Let’s gently remind Senator Rockefeller about our rights.
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.
It’s pretty clear that if the good Senator from West Virginia got his way, we would be giving up up a few of our most sacred rights. The moment the government moves in and decides what they’ll allow us to discuss, view on television, write about in newspapers and blogs, and listen to on the radio, we have lost our country and will have fallen into an “Orwellian” nightmare.
Here’s part of Rockefeller’s statement: “There’s a little bug inside of me which wants to get the FCC to say to FOX and to MSNBC: ‘Out. Off. End. Goodbye.’ It would be a big favor to political discourse; our ability to do our work here in Congress, and to the American people, to be able to talk with each other and have some faith in their government and more importantly, in their future.”
As I’m reading this, Rockefeller is saying that the United States electorate will be better informed if we ELIMINATE two major media voices – that getting rid of them would essentially be addition by subtraction.