The latest target of collectivists/progressives in the federal government is free speech and the alternative media. The objective is to hamstring both and for the most part silence them.
When the Obama administration came to power in 2008, along with Democratic supermajorities in both the House and the Senate, not only did conservatives warn of fundamental change that would take aim at the liberties of the people in general, but it was clear that some of the specific targets would be free speech and alternative news agencies.
Obama the candidate routinely verbally dressed down news personnel in smaller markets, such as radio stations, for asking him questions he did not want to answer. Those among the electorate who dared criticize his policies were called racists.
What became all too clear in the early days of the administration is that Obama would cozy up to those in the media who cheered his plan to fundamentally change America, such as NBC, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, and CNN. And the propagandists who pose as news reporters for those organizations gladly served as water boys for the new president.
Free speech came under direct attack when Elena Kagan was nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court. Kagan had written in the recent past that the government has a "right" to silence free speech when it has "an overriding need" to do so.
But no one defined "overriding need," meaning that the decision would be arbitrary on the part of whoever happened to be in the White House at the time.
It therefore comes as no surprise that the collectivists/progressives among Democrats in Congress decided to put teeth to the threats of the Obama administration to go after citizens and bloggers who dare speak the truth about the shenanigans in government.
One example is U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who helped submit a bill in the Senate that would "define who qualifies as a real journalist." The aim, obviously, is to remove legal protections from bloggers and reporters in the alternative media who are willing to reveal to the world the corruption, cronyism, oppression, and tyranny of the current government.
If the fascist-styled gatekeepers of speech get their way, many conservative bloggers will be silenced and alternative news outlets will face an undue burden. And the propagandists in the mainstream media will be significantly empowered.
Bloggers and reporters for alternative media outlets are responsible for breaking some of the biggest news stories of the modern era. It was Matt Drudge who as an unknown blogger at the time first broke the story of Bill Clinton's Oval Office dalliances with Monica Lewinski. It was David Codrea and Mike Vanderboegh, one an alternative media reporter and the other a blogger, who broke the story of the Fast and Furious scandal. It was a conservative news outlet that discovered the scandals of Benghazi, the IRS, and the NSA, bringing them to national prominence.
No wonder Obama, Feinstein, Durbin, Schumer, Reid, Pelosi and company wish to muzzle the fearless truth tellers in this age of government secrets and despotism.
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