Democrat Senator Rockefeller on free speech:
"There's a little bug inside of me which wants to get the FCC to say to FOX and to MSNBC: 'Out. Off. End. Goodbye.' It would be a big favor to political discourse; our ability to do our work here in Congress, and to the American people, to be able to talk with each other and have some faith in their government and more importantly, in their future."
One of the most cherished rights protected by the 1st Amendment is the Freedom of Speech. This was meant to allow people, even with differing views, to express them freely. It was hoped by our Founders that having this right would help guarantee that no elected official would ever be able to suppress those he/she disagreed with.
But here is a senior Senator, openly hoping that a Federal agency would shut down media outlets and stifle free speech! Especially, those that oppose him. Make no mistake about it, this was aimed at Fox. PMSNBC was just thrown in the mix to make it sound like he was somewhat balanced.
I'm old enough to remember when all we had was Democrat talking points fed to us daily by ABC, CBS, PBS and NBC. There was no Conservative talk radio and the newspapers, as they are today, were dominated by liberals. There was no counter to the liberal message for almost 40 years! Even after cable networks emerged like CNN, they were even more extreme in promoting the leftist agenda.
Finally, Conservative talk radio emerged followed by the Internet and Fox News. They provide a balance to the obviously biased news sources that existed for most of the modern era. They are the opposing view, and more often than not, present the most balanced view of world events. When you've received your news from the very biased ABC, CNN, Time, New York Times etc all your life, Fox will look very partisan. But there is a reason they are so successful - Americans are tired of the propaganda from the dinosaur media and want the truth.
The Senator longs for the days when he could destroy the country and the news media would celebrate him. He does not want to be challenged. My God, he's a Senator! Us serfs need to shut up and mind our manners.
Frankly Senator, I have NO faith in my country's leadership precisely because of idiots like you. You have sworn to protect the Constitution, and yet you would undermine it in a heartbeat if you thought you could get away with it.
Hopefully, the folks in West Virginia will make sure this putz is sent into retirement the next time he is up for election. I might even watch it on Fox.
Sen. Rockefeller: FCC Should Take FOX News, MSNBC Off Airwaves -- see video at link