Gainor: Gov’t media takeover would endanger freedoms
June 9, 2010 Leave a comment
As conversation is spreading about the possibility of the federal government trying to regulate talk radio, cable news, and the Internet, critics say it’s nothing more than a hostile media takeover.
Because of the support from the White House, some groups are pushing for a tighter reign on media outlets like radio, Internet, and cable news. Among others, the Media Justice, the Rainbow Push Coalition, and Common Cause are calling on the feds for more regulation — and they have joined with some 30 liberal organizations and have sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), urging the agency to monitor, what it calls, “hate speech.”
While the First Amendment protects freedom of speech and freedom of religion, Dan Gainor, vice president for business and culture at the Culture and Media Institute (CMI) of the Media Research Center (MRC), warns that those freedoms could be in danger if the government gets its way.
“One of the FCC commissioners described what they want to see, which is PBSS — Public Broadcasting System on Steroids,” Gainor reports. “They want to take what the left is calling for — $30 billion a year — and push it toward lefty websites. And trust me, talk radio…Fox and other more mainstream outlets aren’t going to see a penny.”
According to The Hill newspaper, the groups contend that the Internet has made it more difficult for the public to separate “the facts from bigotry masquerading as news.”
The CMI spokesman notes that the Federal Trade Commission recently released a list of proposals to “reinvent” journalism. It includes five different tax recommendations that will ultimately help the government fund its liberal agenda.