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FCC having second thoughts about creating state-run media

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It’s no mystery to even the casual observer of American politics that Donald Trump has little love for Freedom of the Press as he repeats his claim of “Fake News” like a broken record any time the news media reports about him unfavorably . . . even on foreign soil.

Days after kicking off his recent European trip with a “Good morning to Fake News media” during a bilateral meeting with NATO leadership, Trump broke out another classic on the eve of his #SurrenderSummit with his BFF Vladimir Putin—a man who murders journalists for sport. Using words that certainly pleased his host, Trump leveled a Soviet-styled claim that the American news media is “the enemy of the American people,” a claim he originally broke out over a year ago.

A few months following Trump’s original “enemy” tweet last year, Trump’s chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, reinstated an old rule that paved the way for a $3.9 billion TV merger between Sinclair Broadcast Group—Trump’s favorite news media company outside of FOX News—and Tribune Media. This rule change paved the way for Sinclair to own enough local stations to control over 70 percent of US households.

A few months after that rule change, the FCC eliminated another rule requiring TV stations to operate local studios within their licensed markets, thus opening the door for local news to be nationally broadcast from places like New York City and Washington, D.C.
Trump’s hatred of the free press aside, the FCC was creating the perfect environment for a new state-run media. And while originally dismissing this threat to the First Amendment, Pai is now questioning the wisdom of paving the way for Sinclair’s near monopoly. In a statement released yesterday, he said that he now has “serious concerns” about the merger.

In an effort to get the deal approved, Sinclair had proposed selling off some of its TV stations in exchange for the FCC’s endorsement. However, this was little more than a shell game because Sinclair would still control those stations. So, in a “why didn’t he see this before” explanation, Pai rejected the merger.

“The evidence we’ve received suggests that certain station divestitures that have been proposed to the FCC would allow Sinclair to control those stations in practice, even if not in name, in violation of the law.”

Pai’s decision could be the death-knell of the merger, but with Sinclair’s openly pro-Trump bias along with Trump’s desire to silence his critics in the media, I’ve got a sneaky suspicion that there’s still a “Dumb and Dumber” level of a chance that it could happen.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


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Tucker Carlson: The truth about the Koch brothers and GOP

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Tucker Carlson The truth about the Koch brothers and GOP

Considering how much influence the Koch brothers and their network of GOP mega-donors have over American politics, there is surprisingly very little discussed about their actual policy initiatives. This is by design. In many ways, their perspectives shield them from scrutiny by the American people because neither ideological side wants the people to know much about them.

Progressives rail against them because they back the Republicans, but they do little to expose their policies because in many ways, Democratic insiders quietly appreciate the policies they force as primary benefactors to GOP candidates. They are very much in favor of open borders, amnesty for illegal immigrants, and criminal justice reform. Their influence can be attributed to the First Step Act getting passed by Congress and signed by the President.

Conservatives complain about them, but their ability to get and keep Republicans in office makes it very rare for any GOP lawmakers to say anything against them. It takes people like Tucker Carlson and news outlets like NOQ Report to get the word out to conservatives.

The reality about the Koch brothers is their policies and initiatives are mostly Libertarian with a sprinkling of authoritarianism on top. This is why they’re in favor of the type of digital censorship being used against many conservatives on social media sites. Their best friend is ignorance. They’re strongest when they’re in the shadows. They cannot afford for social media to be used to expose them for what they really are.

This is important as we push forward with the American Conservative Movement. We will fight socialists in the Democratic Party, but we must also fight the corruption that has infiltrated the Republican Party as well. The Koch brothers are at the center of this corruption and work daily to subvert conservatism.

Thanks to Tucker Carlson and other courageous conservatives willing to speak out against the Koch brothers, we may finally be able to spread the word about the people who make much of the GOP moderate and even progressive.

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Listen to every word Burgess Owens says about reparations

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Listen to every word Burgess Owens says about reparations

Former NFL player Burgess Owens delivered an amazing speech before Congress today talking about reparations. He called for them, but not from the United States government as Democrats are wanting. He wants reparation paid by the Democratic Party to the African-Americans Owens believes have been hurt by the leftist ideology espoused by today’s Democrats.

The opening minute of his speech was exceptional:

“Thank you so much for this opportunity. I’m gonna take a different tack from beginning. We are at this point, this is not about black and white, rich or poor, blue collar, white collar. We’re fighting for the heart and soul of our nation.

“We have a very, very special country instilled with the Judeo-Christian values that allowed every single generation become better than the last, and that has not ended, that has not stopped… until now. We’re telling our kids a little bit something different, that they don’t have the opportunities that we had.

“I’m going to talk about some ideologies and when I talk about them I’m not talking about people. People change. I used to be Democratic until I did my history and found out the misery that that party brought to my race. So when I talk about these ideologies, ideologies don’t change. People do.

“We are fighting for the heart and soul of our nation against socialism, Marxism, and evil that it has brought to us in distilling of our history. Karl Marx said it best, the father of socialism, an atheist, anti-semite, and a blatant racist.”

As good as his opening was, the rest of it was even better.

In our post-truth society, the words of Burgess Owens will be dismissed or ignored by the left. But hopefully some will hear them and start asking questions about Democrats as he did.

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7 reasons Joe Biden will not be the Democratic nominee

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7 reasons Joe Biden will not be the Democratic nominee

There are those who say the Democratic nomination for president is Joe Biden’s to lose. And he will. As much as I’d love to see the only Democratic candidate who doesn’t want to destroy America become the nominee just in case President Trump loses, it’s becoming increasingly clear he has no real chance.

Why? Because he sounds like the Democrats of 2012, which means he’s completely out of touch with the New Democratic Party being crafted by the likes of Bernie Sanders, Gavin Newsom, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Pete Buttigieg.

Here are seven reasons I believe Biden will not only lose the nomination, but will not be among the last two or three standing.

  1. Progressives are splitting the majority polling nods. Don’t be fooled by his frontrunner status. He’s the only non-radical in the top five. Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Pete Buttigieg represent different aspects of the growing hyper-leftist base of the Democratic Party. When the 15 or so non-factors in the race drop out, their supporters will generally flock to one of the four non-Biden frontrunners.
  2. He doesn’t hate rich people. The New Democratic Party hates rich people even if many of them are among the wealthy. But Biden doesn’t hate them and even said today, “Rich people are just as patriotic as poor people.” Statements like that do not abide by the socialists in the race, nor will it resonate with the increasing number of socialists among Democratic primary voters.
  3. His team can’t protect him from his gaffes forever. His campaign has done and will continue to do everything they can to keep him out of the spotlight, away from questions, and off any radar other than prepared statements and press releases. They can’t afford his gaffes, but he’s going to have to come out at some point. He has to debate. He has to give speeches and answer questions that aren’t always prepared. And when he does, he’s going to deliver gaffes. That’s what he does.
  4. Switching positions will hurt, not help. The Hyde Amendment reversal was just one in a long string of reversals he has made and will make on old policy perspectives. That’s the problem with being a politicians for so many decades. As the party evolves, which it is doing rapidly now, he’s going to have to backtrack on old ideas. But doing so will not help him. In the eyes of voters, especially passionate primary voters, evolution of perspectives is not a positive. It reveals a willingness to do and say things that go with the crowd instead of coming from the gut. It also won’t make the original complainers happy. You won’t see those criticizing him for his initial Hyde Amendment support suddenly promote him after he changed his mind.
  5. He’s an old straight white guy. This isn’t the party for old straight white guys. This also means Sanders is in deep trouble as well.
  6. The Justice Democrats will sink him. They’ve already started going after him with devious ploys. They will continue do everything in their power keep him off the general election ticket. It isn’t just because he isn’t radical enough for them. He represents the old version of the party that the Justice Democrats despise.
  7. He doesn’t really want it. If Biden wanted to be president, he would have run in 2016. Some say he needed a break, but those who truly want something as significant as winning the White House don’t come to that conclusion at 76. It’s part of them. However, they can decide later they no longer want to be president, and I believe that’s where Biden is today. I think he was pushed into running because the alternatives were radicals who will either lose to Trump or fundamentally transform America in a very bad way if they win. But his personal desire doesn’t seem to be there anymore. It was, but that flame is gone.

The coming political death of Joe Biden is the symbolic end of the old Democratic Party, the one that worked with Reagan and Bush, the one that wasn’t comprised of politicians who hate America.

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