Posted by: rotenochsen | August 31, 2009

A THREAT TO OUR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS

A THREAT TO OUR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS





“To say that the United States should be answerable for twenty-five millions of dollars without knowing whether the ways and means can be provided, and without knowing whether those who are to succeed us will think with us on the subject, would be rash and unjustifiable. Sir, in my opinion, it would be hazarding the public faith in a manner contrary to every idea of prudence.” –James Madison

The corner stone of our Republic is the Bill of Rights. The first ten amendments to our Constitution includes the right that most of us have taken for granted for the last two hundred years. But now the Freedom of Speech is endangered by the radicals who have taken over the reigns of power in Washington D.C.

The Congress and the FCC led by a radical Black activist want to change the way we can speak and the way our medium of communication via radio and TV are controlled. They want to let diversity put its grasp on the free enterprise way of communicating news and ideas to satisfy what they believe is unfair to minorities because of Republican regulations that they claim inhibit minority ownership or radio and television stations.

A 2007 report commissioned by the FCC and conducted by researchers from Duke University found that while minority ownership had increased slightly, the reasons for the disparity between minority and white ownership remained.

“Since the observed ownership asymmetries are economy-wide, they are undoubtedly linked to broad systemic factors,” the report said. “The most direct explanation lies in unequal access to capital. Many businesses require individuals to sink substantial financial investments upon entry. This is likely to be especially true in media enterprises.”

The only way to change this, the 2007 report said, was to redistribute wealth or increase minorities’ access to capital markets. The report did not mention license terms, renewal procedures, or ascertainment.

“In order to change ownership patterns we need to either change the aggregate distribution of wealth or otherwise increase access to capital markets,” said the report.(sounds socialistic to me, and right in line with what Obama and his czars are fomenting)
Mark Lloyd, chief diversity officer at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), claimed that communications policies enacted by Republicans negatively impacted the civil rights of minorities.Chief Diversity Officer Lloyd is virulently anti-capitalist, almost myopically racially fixated and exuberantly pro-regulation. He is a frightening guy to have having any power at the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC). And yet that is exactly where he currently stands, astride
the private radio industry he loathes like a Socialist Colossus.

It does not bode well for free speech on the radio airwaves, but as Seton Motley, the Media Research Center’s Director of Communications, says to Glenn during his TV appearance, “That’s irrelevent to these people.”

And he is not alone in the drive for government intrusion in the airways. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told CNSNews.com on Thursday that she supports an amendment to a Senate bill that would force the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to “take actions to encourage and promote diversity in communication media ownership and to ensure that broadcast station licenses are used in the public interest.” source:CNSNEWS.com
This despite the fact that all who have attempted to do a Left Wing talk radio or TV show have failed miserably. This is because the nation is with the exception of the East and West Coast predominantly Conservative!

Internet companies and civil liberties groups were alarmed this past spring when a U.S. Senate bill proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet. (what happened to the right of privacy in your own home?)

They’re not much happier about a revised version that aides to Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, have spent months drafting behind closed doors. CNET News has obtained a copy of the 55-page draft of S.773 (excerpt), which still appears to permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cybersecurity emergency.

The new version would allow the president to “declare a cybersecurity emergency” relating to “non-governmental” computer networks and do what’s necessary to respond to the threat. Other sections of the proposal include a federal certification program for “cybersecurity professionals,” and a requirement that certain computer systems and networks in the private sector be managed by people who have been awarded that license. SOURCE:DRUDGE REPORT

And Mark Lloyd, newly appointed Chief Diversity Officer of the Federal Communications Commission, has called for making private broadcasting companies pay licensing fees equal to their total operating costs to allow public broadcasting outlets to spend the same on their operations as the private companies do.

Lloyd presented the idea in his 2006 book, Prologue to a Farce: Communications and Democracy in America, published by the University of Illinois Press.

Lloyd’s hope is to dramatically upgrade and revamp the Corporation for Public Broadcasting through new funding drawn from private broadcasters.(this would bankrupt the private sector broadcasters)

Not only does he want to redistribute private profits, he wants to regulate much of the programming on these stations to make sure they focus on “diverse views” (Progressive Views) and government activities. I am all for that when I see on PBS a conservative voice next to Bill Moyers. And when I hear a conservative voice on NPR!!

And across the Atlantic in England where they have had Socialism since Clement Attlee replaced Winston Churchill as Prime Minister.
Mr Murdoch, chief executive of the European and Asian operations of News Corporation, parent company of The Times, said: “In the regulated world of public service broadcasting, the customer does not exist: he or she is a passive creature — a viewer in need of protection”.
He said that the “chilling” expansionism of the BBC meant that commercial rivals and consumer choice were struggling. In particular the “expansion of state-sponsored journalism” in the form of BBC News online was “a threat to plurality and the independence of news provision, which are so important to our democracy”.

Mr Murdoch criticised Radio 2’s effort to woo younger listeners by hiring presenters such as Jonathan Ross on “salaries no commercial competitor could afford”. Sound familiar?

“No doubt the BBC celebrates the fact that it now has well over half of all radio listening. But the consequent impoverishment of the once-successful commercial sector is testament to the corporation’s inability to distinguish between what is good for it and what is good for the country.”

“The consensus appears to be that creationism — the belief in a managed process with an omniscient authority — is the only way to achieve successful outcomes. There is general agreement that the natural operation of the market is inadequate, and that a better outcome can be achieved through the wisdom and activity of governments and regulators. This creationist approach is similar to the industrial planning which went out of fashion in other sectors in the 1970s. It failed then. It’s failing now.” source:London Daily Mail.com

To my knowledge there is no Law or FCC regulation that denies a person of color access to the radio or television. If there were there would have been no Bill Cosby, Oprah, and the myriad of Black Judges on TV shows.
The problem is the Left is the purveyor of hate and dissension, that spent the last eight years comparing President Bush to Hitler, and people are tired of hearing the character assassination and lies from the Leftist.
And if you doubt my charge of hate just ask the Black man, Kenneth Gladney,who was passing out flags outside the St. Louis, Missouri Townhall meeting that was beaten and kicked by union thugs of the Left!

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