Not that conservative would expect a fair shake from a notorious government bureaucracy like the FCC but Tom Wheeler’s latest “joke” should make it perfectly clear what conservatives can expect from the media regulation giant.
Wheeler was asked whether he would serve another term as FCC chairman and answered that “she hasn’t asked me,” a clear reference to Clinton, the sole female Democratic presidential nominee, according to the Hill.
Wheeler has been a long time “Friend of Bill” (and of course Hillary):
In 1995, Wheeler was a guest at the Clinton White House for an event organized for “Clinton/Gore supporters.”
Wheeler was at that time president of the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA), an organization that hired the Clinton’s closest confidante Terry McAuliffe’s lobbying firm. Both McAuliffe and a lobbyist from his firm were present at the White House event.
The relationship with the Clinton White House would turn out to work in Wheeler and CTIA’s favor. Just one week after Wheeler attended the White House event, Clinton issued a directive to create a federal policy that would give telecommunications companies access to federal land to build transmission towers.
Wheeler has already returned the favor to his pals by being the point man for Net Neutrality which was recently rammed through the FCC’s bureaucracy.
Net Neutrality exponentially increases the government’s ability to tax the Internet. Starting with the 17.4% Universal Service Fund (USF) tax. Which goes up automatically every calendar quarter. And goes up each and every time three unelected Federal Communications Commission (FCC) bureaucrats decide they want more of our coin. Which they just did in December – with a 17.1% rate increase.
Conservatives on the air and now on the internet better watch their backs, the FCC Chair and open Hillary crony, may be ready to shut down anyone critical of his best pal.
“It is conceivable to me to see the government saying, ‘We think the Drudge Report is having a disproportionate effect on our political discourse. He doesn’t have to file anything with the FEC. The FCC doesn’t have the ability to regulate anything he says, and we want to start tamping down on websites like that.’”
In February, Pai co-authored an editorial with former FEC Chairman Lee Goodman that warned of efforts by those agencies to regulate content online.
“Is it unthinkable that some government agency would say the marketplace of ideas is too fraught with dissonance? That everything from the Drudge Report to Fox News… is playing unfairly in the online political speech sandbox? I don’t think so,” Pai said.