Government Moves to Control Conservative Media

2014 May 7
by bc3b

… including the Internet.

Yet, it has no problem with liberal bias by newspapers like the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times nor the “alphabet networks,” and CNN.

Government officials, reacting to the growing voice of conservative news outlets, especially on the internet, are angling to curtail the media’s exemption from federal election laws governing political organizations, a potentially chilling intervention that the chairman of the Federal Election Commission is vowing to fight.

“I think that there are impulses in the government every day to second guess and look into the editorial decisions of conservative publishers,” warned Federal Election Commission Chairman Lee E. Goodman in an interview.

“The right has begun to break the left’s media monopoly, particularly through new media outlets like the internet, and I sense that some on the left are starting to rethink the breadth of the media exemption and internet communications,” he added.

Noting the success of sites like the Drudge Report, Goodman said that protecting conservative media, especially those on the internet, “matters to me because I see the future going to the democratization of media largely through the internet. They can compete with the big boys now, and I have seen storm clouds that the second you start to regulate them. There is at least the possibility or indeed proclivity for selective enforcement, so we need to keep the media free and the internet free.”

All media has long benefited from an exemption from FEC rules, thereby allowing outlets to pick favorites in elections and promote them without any limits or disclosure requirements like political action committees.

But Goodman cited several examples where the FEC has considered regulating conservative media, including Sean Hannity‘s radio show and Citizens United’s movie division. Those efforts to lift the media exemption died in split votes at the politically evenly divided board, often with Democrats seeking regulation.

Liberals over the years have also pushed for a change in the Federal Communications Commission‘s “fairness doctrine” to cut of conservative voices, and retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has delighted Democrats recently with a proposed Constitutional amendment that some say could force the media to stop endorsing candidates or promoting issues.

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Hat tip: Washington Examiner

Who is more biased? Who has more influence?


58 Responses leave one →
  1. 2014 May 7 12:39 pm
    justrand permalink

    but we can still rely on the Ministry of Truth! ™ …so everything will still be AWESOME in the Age of Obama!

  2. 2014 May 7 12:42 pm
    RepublicanPundit permalink

    Hello, BJGer’s

  3. 2014 May 7 1:02 pm
    bc3b permalink

    RP –

    Where have you been? ip727 and tried e-mailing you and got “bounce back” messages.

  4. 2014 May 7 1:04 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Analyst says Kalifornia faces a $340 billion debt:

    Any of the BJG Kalifornians gonna head down to LA to help Toyota move to Plano, TX?

  5. 2014 May 7 1:11 pm


  6. 2014 May 7 1:17 pm

    bc3b – I just saw a friend last night who is moving his family to Texas thanks to Toyota and getting a great deal to do so. Unfortunately he is a ‘useful idiot’ politically so it probably means 5 more votes for the left in Tejas, counting his wife and voting age kids. That’s a dilemma when you move the brainwashed into a decent state.

  7. 2014 May 7 1:20 pm

    Hey, lay off! They are saving the planet! Let them be.

  8. 2014 May 7 1:32 pm

    UC Berkely students, the glorious best and brightest of all the recently brainwashed, get to pay to see their favorite slave master Nancy the Beautiful lecture them on the wondrous deeds of Lord Ogabe and other fairy tales.

  9. 2014 May 7 1:40 pm

    Hmm, I provided a link in #8 but it did not work. Oh well, the fee to see is just $10, money well spent I am sure…..the thrill of a lifetime. Can you imagine, getting to sit and listen to one of the smartest, most eloquent and beautiful females ever to live? They better have a ‘swoon squad’ patrolling the crowd for the safety of all the new baby fascists.

  10. 2014 May 7 1:50 pm
    RepublicanPundit permalink

    B3, IP,

    I had a massive heart attack and moved to Texas all in March. Recovering nicely but is a long process. Had to have the mitrial Valve replaced and three bypasses.

  11. 2014 May 7 2:01 pm

    Scary RP. God bless you.

  12. 2014 May 7 2:13 pm
    RepublicanPundit permalink

    Thanks, BFDB

  13. 2014 May 7 2:51 pm

    Welcome to texacas flyboy. Dr. dog and I are a stones throw via the crow.

  14. 2014 May 7 3:25 pm
    justrand permalink

    RP…take care of yourself! We’ll say prayers for ya! At least you’re in the Great State of Texas!

    and welcome back!

  15. 2014 May 7 4:03 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    RP, Glad to hear you are recovering. And welcome to Texas.

  16. 2014 May 7 4:09 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Well the house voted contempt on Lerner. 6 Dims joined. Of course each of them is trying to save their skins. So now the issue sits in front of Holder. He can’t say no, or Congress will do the same to him. Who votes for a slow walk to 2016 for this??

  17. 2014 May 7 4:16 pm
    justrand permalink

    What would a decent Atty General do?

  18. 2014 May 7 4:17 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Ok, now this Ukranian situation has gone too far — — beer is now a problem.

  19. 2014 May 7 4:42 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    What would a decent Atty General do?

    Well a smart one would find 4 or 5 then send that list to Boehner with a note that says ‘Pick one.’ Then suggest Congress provide the funding. But then Holder ain’t that smart.

    Seriously even if I was AG I would pick that strategy. You never know how these things turn out and blow back can take some crazy turns along the way.

  20. 2014 May 7 4:46 pm
    RepublicanPundit permalink

    Thanks for all the good wishes. In Montgomery for a short time until we figure out where we want to live permanently.

  21. 2014 May 7 5:12 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    AOL shares tumble == == They own HuffPo, serves them right….

  22. 2014 May 7 6:18 pm
    bc3b permalink

    RP –

    Sorry to hear about your heart attack but am glad you are recovering.

  23. 2014 May 7 7:08 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    RP – good to hear you are alive and getting better. God bless you and stay safe.

  24. 2014 May 7 7:16 pm
    mulletover permalink

    More good wishes to RP from the mullet.

    Good catch there, Texas.

  25. 2014 May 7 7:20 pm
    mulletover permalink

    So, Drudge and Hannity and others must be regulated. Hmmmm.

    While I am praying for the good health of RP and all BJGers, I think I will include the conservative side of SCOTUS. Another idiot like Kagen I don’t even want to contemplate.

  26. 2014 May 7 7:32 pm

  27. 2014 May 7 8:13 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    IP, you wouldn’t happen to be sending this to all your liberal friends right?

  28. 2014 May 7 8:53 pm

    I have no liberal friends.( I have them stored in the freezer for the hard times to come.)

  29. 2014 May 7 11:51 pm

    10 – RP, wow sorry to hear that but I’m glad you survived it and are recovering, best wishes.

  30. 2014 May 8 1:55 am

  31. 2014 May 8 3:53 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Digital currency is a scam — — But paper money not so much. Think again.

  32. 2014 May 8 5:21 am
    bc3b permalink

    KH #31 – If Microsoft, Facebook, Google, etc. hires carefully, if can get two low-cost foreign workers for a quota of one. The middle class gets screwed again.

    Why not have class warfare with the rich? They have already declared war on us.

  33. 2014 May 8 6:18 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Please, somebody tell me how I can become a legal permanent resident? — — As it is right now I have less rights than some guy that just jumped the border.

  34. 2014 May 8 6:21 am
    drdog09 permalink

    VZ now is preparing to ration water and electricity. And we are following right behind them….

  35. 2014 May 8 6:34 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Nixon never had it this bad — — This is now 3 major investigations going on with the Oministration.

  36. 2014 May 8 8:10 am

    IP 28…. 🙂

  37. 2014 May 8 8:15 am

    Yes Dr. Somehow I think Pravda will not notice.

    It’s too bad they didn’t get Nixon before he started the EPA.

    Thanks Tricky Dick! Tricky Dick? That could have been a nickname for Clinton too.

  38. 2014 May 8 8:19 am
    bc3b permalink

    drdog09 #34

    Try getting in an auto accident in Kalifornia:

    1. As a U.S. citizen with no driver’s license or insurance

    2. As an illegal alien with no driver’s license or insurance

  39. 2014 May 8 9:27 am
    justrand permalink

    saw this headline on Drudge: “Serial Defecator ‘Terrorizing’ TX Neighborhoods At Night…

    All us Kalifornian’s are like: “Geez…there’s a law against that in Texas??”

    Since RP, IP and drdog are all living in Texas now, I guess we should …

  40. 2014 May 8 9:30 am

  41. 2014 May 8 9:35 am
    fight on permalink

    I was a resident of So Cal and now call TX home.

    Come on down the water and taxes are a whole lot better than CA

  42. 2014 May 8 10:08 am
    drdog09 permalink


    Typical Houston, (remember 1/3 came from NO..) But considering that no one has seen the perp….

    One should not consider it might be another critter like say a feral hog? They are not afraid of an suburban environment if there is a wooded area near by. Kinda of like the coyotes wandering thru certain CA cities.

  43. 2014 May 8 10:10 am
    drdog09 permalink

    fight on,

    This is the Texas Armaments Patrol. Time for an ammo check!

  44. 2014 May 8 10:53 am

    BJG is over balanced with texicans! hooray.

  45. 2014 May 8 1:26 pm
    bc3b permalink

    The Cowboys suck … the Longhorns suck … the Aggies suck … the Red Raiders suck … the Bears suck … the Horned Frogs suck … the Mustangs suck … the Cougars suck … the Miners suck … Mean Green sucks … the Bobcats suck … the Roadrunners suck … the Owls suck …

    Did I forget anyone?

  46. 2014 May 8 1:50 pm

    re:34 – WTF?

    China mulls high-speed train to US: report

    I get this is 90% propaganda-pie-in-the-sky and I don’t see it ever happening (in our life times), for any number of reasons (engineering, cost, enviro-concerns, politics, safety, etc), but if it could be done, and was done (on their dime) that would be pretty f’ing cool achievement. I image it would be far more about moving freight then passengers though. Anyway this isn’t anything new, it’s been talked about for years, at least the US\Russian connection part anyway, this is the first time I’ve heard about China thinking about footing the bill for it though.

  47. 2014 May 8 2:28 pm

    Yeah, the Stephen Austin Lumberjacks……but they sucked too.

  48. 2014 May 8 2:29 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    46, But they have cheerleaders….. 🙂

  49. 2014 May 8 2:31 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    47, Well it makes sense that they would want to have easy access. Landlords are funny that way! 🙂

  50. 2014 May 8 2:35 pm
    drdog09 permalink

  51. 2014 May 8 2:47 pm

    post 51

    Notice it runs through Siberia, ~~~handy to the gulags. Send the overlords east, bring those to be “reeducated” back west.

  52. 2014 May 8 7:47 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “Gallup is reporting that:

    31% of non-retired Americans say Social Security will be a major source of income when they retire.

    First of all, the government-concocted idea that once you reach an arbitrary age, you’re supposed to stop being productive and let the Nanny State usher you to your grave is very degrading for you, and also very empowering for Nanny.

    The fact that Nanny will usher you to your grave with “benefits” that it steals from your neighbor makes the whole immoral “program” even that much worse.

    It’s one thing to stop producing so that you may live off of savings (i.e., your property) that you’ve accumulated, or even to live off of voluntary and privately provided charity. But it’s a whole other ball of wax to stop producing so that Nanny can drip..drip..drip your neighbor’s earnings into your veins. That drip is Nanny’s insurance that it can always count on your vote (i.e., support). Chances are excellent that you won’t bite the hand that drips you the funds.

    So what’s a person who doesn’t want to indirectly (via The State) aggress against his neighbor to do?

    Well, first of all, you have to get rid of the word “Social Security” from your vocabulary. You need to stay productive until you can live off your own savings (or voluntary charity). Keep in mind that you can stay productive until your time is up on this earth. You never have to “retire”. Remember that’s Nanny’s creation, not Nature’s.”

  53. 2014 May 8 8:15 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “Many conservatives decry the bias of the “left wing media” and rightly so. To the observant eye, it’s easy to see a certain slant in some stories towards the left. Of course “right wingers” do the exact same thing. It is inherent, by the very nature of mankind, to try and persuade others to your side of an issue. This, in and of itself, is not necessarily bad. We all want to convince others of the “truth” (at least as we perceive it). However, this practice takes on a decidedly evil bend when
    it’s camouflaged as “objective reporting.” Rare are the cases of truly “objective reporting” because most people have an agenda that they are seeking to advance.

    One particular area in which this deception takes place is in the use of statistics. And because of this, I seldom regard any statistic I hear to defend any position. The political left might tell you that 95 percent of Americans support gun control; while not telling you that they took their poll in downtown Manhattan. While the political right might tell you that 95 percent of Americans oppose gun control; while not telling you that they took their poll in rural Alabama. It’s all linguistic sleight-of-hand and deceptive political spin; which has nothing to do whatsoever with what is right or what is wrong.

    Meaningless statistics aside; should the government tell us what we should do and when we should do it?

    Should the government be in the business of banning some products (i.e., gun control) while forcing the purchase of other products (i.e., Obamacare)?

    Of course the answer is no, but that won’t stop the propagandists from firing away. And what’s even more frightening, it won’t stop the average citizen from being deceived.”

  54. 2014 May 9 4:58 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Good read — — if just a refresher for the history lesson.

  55. 2014 May 9 5:26 am

    Bless me Father, for I have sinned. I have been with a loose girl.”

    The priest asks, “Is that you, little Joey Pagano?”

    “Yes, Father, it is.”

    “And who was the girl you were with?”

    “I can’t tell you, Father. I don’t want to ruin her reputation.”

    “Well, Joey, I’m sure to find out her name sooner or later so you may as well tell me now. Was it Tina Minetti?”

    “I cannot say.”

    “Was it Teresa Mazzarelli?”

    “I’ll never tell.”

    “Was it Nina Capelli?”

    “I’m sorry, but I cannot name her.”

    “Was it Cathy Piriano?”

    “My lips are sealed.”

    “Was it Rosa DiAngelo, then?”

    “Please, Father! I cannot tell you.”

    The priest sighs in frustration. “You’re very tight lipped, and I admire that. But you’ve sinned and have to atone. You cannot be an altar boy now for 4 months. Now you go and behave yourself.”

    Joey walks back to his pew, and his friend Franco slides over and whispers, “What’d you get?”

    “Four months vacation and five good leads…”

  56. 2014 May 9 6:08 am

    53 – Be more cost effective to “reeducate” them in place.

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