Communications, Issues

Shocker: The Media as One Cheerlead Another Government Power Grab

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The American media cabal is…ridiculous. They are the Borg of politics – many entities, but of but one Leftist mind.

Led around by their noses by whatever hack government-growing politician is before them at that moment.

Remember this?

Obama Administration Admits They Lied About Iran Deal, ‘Ventriloquized’ The Media

The (New York) Times reports that (White House National Security Advisor Ben) Rhodes and his lackeys have “become adept at ventriloquizing many (media) people at once”:

The easiest way for the White House to shape the news, he explained, is from the briefing podiums, each of which has its own dedicated press corps. “But then there are sort of these force multipliers,” he said, adding, “We have our compadres, I will reach out to a couple people, and you know I wouldn’t want to name them—”

“I can name them,” I said, ticking off a few names of prominent Washington reporters and columnists who often tweet in sync with White House messaging.

Price laughed. “I’ll say, ‘Hey, look, some people are spinning this narrative that this is a sign of American weakness,’ ” he continued, “but — ”

“In fact it’s a sign of strength!” I said, chuckling.

“And I’ll give them some color,” Price continued, “and the next thing I know, lots of these guys are in the dot-com publishing space, and have huge Twitter followings, and they’ll be putting this message out on their own.”….

Says Rhodes, “We created an echo chamber.”…

(T)he Obama administration lied, lied repeatedly, activated shills like Jeffrey Goldberg to market their lies, and watched as the media parroted those lies incessantly.

So when the Obama Administration executes a ridiculous Internet power grab, and the D.C. Circuit Court ridiculously rules that said power grab is lawful – can we expect this media to respond in any fashion but…ridiculously?

With the same echo chamber, monolithic sameness we’ve seen on the awful Iran deal – and nine million other Leftists inanities? Of course not.

US Appeals Court Upholds Government’s ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules to Ensure Consumers Get Equal Access to Internet (ABC News-Associated Press)

Court Upholds Net Neutrality Rules on Equal Internet Access (CBS News)

U.S. Court Backs Landmark Obama Internet Equal-Access Rules (Reuters)

Court Upholds Net Neutrality Rules on Equal Internet Access (Denver Post)

Court Upholds ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules for Equal Internet Access (Chicago Tribune)

Net Neutrality Rules Guaranteeing An ‘Open Internet’ Finally Prevail In Court (Forbes)

A Win for ‘Net Neutrality’ (The Atlantic): “The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the government’s rules, which ensure consumers get equal access to internet.”

FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules Win Big in Appeals Court (CNet): “The Federal Communications Commission has won a major victory in its decade-long battle to keep the internet open.”

‘Net Neutrality’ Rules for Fair Internet Access Win in Court (Charleston Post & Courier-Associated Press)

Not mentioned by the media? From the Internet’s mid-1990s inception until February 2015, there were zero government regulations mandating “consumers get equal access” to “keep the Internet open.” Yet consumers all received equal access – and the Internet has been perpetually, beautifully wide-open.

Proving: 1) The government power grab was completely unnecessary, because 2) The free market works. And 3) This isn’t about “equal access” or an “open Internet” – it is about a vast expansion of government power.

Court Upholds Obama-Backed Net Neutrality Rules (Politico): “A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld a White House-supported effort to make internet service providers treat all web traffic equally, delivering a major defeat to cable and telephone companies.”

Cable and Telecom Companies Just Lost a Huge Court Battle on Net Neutrality (Washington Post)

Why Federal Net Neutrality Ruling is Huge Loss for Cable, Telecom Companies (Denver Post)

Not mentioned by the media? Past examples of government winning over private companies – and the results being exceptionally awful for our nation and the people in it.

ObamaCare, Dodd-Frank and myriad other government-expanding laws were touted as wins for us by government over the greedy, awful private sector. And what they accomplished – was making things exponentially more awful.

Because when government wins – we lose.

Net Neutrality Ruling is a Win for Consumers (San Francisco Chronicle Editors)

Right. So were ObamaCare, and Dodd-Frank, and….

D.C. Court Upholds FCC’s Net-Neutrality Rules (MarketWatch)

Appeals Court Upholds FCC’s Net Neutrality Order (The Verge)

Court Upholds FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules (U.S. News & World Report)

Court Backs FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules (Houston Chronicle)

U.S. Appeals Court Upholds Net Neutrality Rules In Full (WBUR – Boston Public Radio)

Net Neutrality Wins Big In Appeals Court (Good)

Appeals Court Hands Obama Administration Major Win In Net Neutrality Case (Huffington Post)

FCC’s Win Cements Obama’s Internet Legacy (Politico)

President Obama Just Won a Huge Court Victory on Net Neutrality (Vox)

Court’s Net Neutrality Ruling Vindicates FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler (San Francisco Chronicle)

Again, when government wins – we lose.

No one’s legacy is cemented – no one is vindicated – until we see what happens as this latest vast government expansion plays out.

With the likes of ObamaCare, Dodd-Frank, the Veterans Administration, the Post Office, the DMV,… – the prognosis ain’t great.

But as this cavalcade of echo chamber, monolithic sameness yet again demonstrates – don’t expect the media to point out any of it.

This is a guest post by Seton Motley President and Founder of Less Government
  • RLTMLT

    In an era where print journalism has been decimated and replaced by network news that is better known for it’s pharmaceutical ads than it’s litany of meaningless human interest stories passed off as news, we can’t be surprised that a large sector of the population prefers to buy into that largely unsubstantiated barrage of partisan scare tactics flowing freely over the Internet ! Our Democracy has hit upon desperate times and we no longer have a reliable 4th Estate to right the ship !

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