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The Latest Threat to Freedom of Speech

December 3rd, 2009 by Myrhaf · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Things are moving fast in America. Like water that swirls faster the closer it gets to the center as it goes down the drain. With the New Left in control of the executive and legislative branches, they know they have to get things done now before the next election.

Henry Waxman wants the government to bail out newspapers. (And always remember there was a Supreme Court case in the 1940’s that said in essence, what the state funds, the state controls.)

Rep. Henry Waxman trekked from Capitol Hill to Federal Trade Commission headquarters today to deliver a message to journalists and news consumers: All of you need to reach a consensus about working with the government in order to bail out the struggling news industry.

The California Democrat, who chairs the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, didn’t say it quite so bluntly, but his point was clear. “Government’s going to have to be involved, in one way or the other,” to save journalism from an ongoing “market failure” that will only worsen without intervention, Waxman said. …

Waxman bemoaned the demise of newspapers across the country, including in Denver and Seattle, and warned that the troubling media trends will continue. “This recent depression in the media sector is not cyclical,” Waxman said. “It is structural.”

“Congress can’t impose a solution” to that structural problem, he said. But the government should partner with the media industry to ensure a sound future for journalism. Waxman praised the record of “independent” reporting in U.S. history and said it has implications for democracy.

How long can reporting remain “independent” under government funding? Perhaps what Rep. Waxman means by independent reporting is liberal bias. The loss of newspapers might be bad generally, but it’s disastrous for the left.

It’s interesting that the Congressman was cautious:

“There needs to be a consensus within the media industry and the larger community it serves” before the government acts, Waxman said. “We have to figure out together how to preserve that kind of reporting.”

I think he’s sending a signal here to the media: they need to build the bandwagon before Congress can hop on it. Time to get the propaganda rolling! Time to create a consensus that Democracy cannot survive without a vigorous press, therefore “they need to do something.” It should be an easier consensus to build than the one about global warming. This isn’t science, so there are no data to manipulate or evade.

4 Comments so far ↓

  • Mike N

    “I think he’s sending a signal here to the media: they need to build the bandwagon before Congress can hop on it.”

    Yes. They’re being told to build the gallows from which they, and free speech, will be hanged. Every dictatorship has needed to spend huge amounts on propaganda in order to convince the masses that their misery and suffering will be rewarded eventually. Waxman’s demand that the press whip up a campaign to convince the American people that government control of the press is necessary is proof that he knows the danger of a really free press.

  • Grad Student

    You say in paragraph 2, “Remember there was a Supreme Court case in the 1940’s that said in essence, what the state funds, the state controls.” I’d like to know that case. Thanks

  • Myrhaf

    Wickard v. Filburn, 317 U.S. 111, 131 (1942)

    The exact quote is, “It is hardly lack of due process for the Government to regulate that which it subsidizes.”

  • Bill Brown

    Your formulation was better.