Tuesday, December 21, 2010

U.S. Senator on regulating free speech

Unbelievable! In a Congressional hearing a U.S. Senator (a Democrat, of course) suggested that it would be a good thing for the government to regulate free speech by censoring--indeed, banning--Fox News and MSNBC!

Senator Rockefeller also laments that news media "has all but surrendered to the forces of entertainment." Perhaps Rockefeller doesn't understand that this is because news is a competitive business. Those that don't get the ratings, go off the air. We may not like this, but that is the reality of business. Perhaps Rockefeller would prefer that the government just nationalize the news media so the government alone can decide what is fair and balanced! 

The government took a step in that direction today with the decision to implement their Orwellian "Net Neutrality." (Coincidentally, the Hugo Chavez government in Venezuela today also tightened their internet regulation).

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