Federal Election Officials – Regulate Drudge Report And Other Conservative Media

May 7, 2014 8:13 pmViews: 371

Regulate Drudge Report?


It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that there are elements in the ever growing government of Barack Obama that want to regulate conservative media outlets like Drudge Report, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and conservative bloggers.

While network biggies like MSNBC are nothing more than propaganda outlets for the White House with hosts like Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes and Chris Matthews, they and the president himself immensely dislike what conservatives in the media have been able to do with talk radio and stations like Fox News.

The truth is, Progressive liberals want to silence their dissenters warns warned Federal Election Commission Chairman Lee E. Goodman. And some in the FEC want to revive the Fairness Doctrine so there is "more balance" in the news.

If liberals want to see an epic battle, just let them try to regulate conservative media. They may awake a sleeping giant.

Read more below from The Washington Examiner:

Government officials, reacting to the growing voice of conservative news outlets, especially on the internet, are angling to curtail the media's exemption from federal election laws governing political organizations, a potentially chilling intervention that the chairman of the Federal Election Commission is vowing to fight.

“I think that there are impulses in the government every day to second guess and look into the editorial decisions of conservative publishers,” warned Federal Election Commission Chairman Lee E. Goodman in an interview.

“The right has begun to break the left’s media monopoly, particularly through new media outlets like the internet, and I sense that some on the left are starting to rethink the breadth of the media exemption and internet communications,” he added.

Noting the success of sites like the Drudge Report, Goodman said that protecting conservative media, especially those on the internet, “matters to me because I see the future going to the democratization of media largely through the internet. They can compete with the big boys now, and I have seen storm clouds that the second you start to regulate them. There is at least the possibility or indeed proclivity for selective enforcement, so we need to keep the media free and the internet free.”

All media has long benefited from an exemption from FEC rules, thereby allowing outlets to pick favorites in elections and promote them without any limits or disclosure requirements like political action committees.

But Goodman cited several examples where the FEC has considered regulating conservative media, including Sean Hannity's radio show and Citizens United's movie division. Those efforts to lift the media exemption died in split votes at the politically evenly divided board, often with Democrats seeking regulation.

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