CENSORSHIP: FEC Tries To Stop Conservative Media From Covering Presidential Elections

CENSORSHIP: FEC Tries To Stop Conservative Media From Covering Presidential Elections

The leftists are pulling out all the stops now. The Federal Elections Commission is starting to move forward on banning all media that is foreign owned (even partially) from covering the US election or endorsing a candidate. Under Democratic Commissioner Ellen Weintraub’s proposal, any entity that has more than 5 percent foreign ownership would be banned from advocating for a candidate’s election or defeat. This is sheer censorship and should not be allowed. The board is evenly split now, so who knows what will happen on this. It probably won’t be good.

This would silence Fox News, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. Not only would this prohibit conservative media from becoming involved, it will also quash politically active companies like Ben & Jerry’s. There’s a reason we have the First Amendment and freedom of the press… it’s to hold Marxists and politicians in check. Democrats are trying to stomp on that freedom.

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From The Federalist Papers Project:

In a ruling clearly aimed at Fox News and other conservative media, the Federal Elections Commission is trying to ban media outlets with any foreign ownership from covering presidential races or even giving endorsements.

A top Democrat on the evenly-split split board proposed that the group begin the process of prohibiting companies with foreign ownership as small as 5 percent from “funding expenditures, independent expenditures, or electioneering communications.”

If approved, the plan would cover Fox News, The Wall Street Journal – and as collateral damage, the New York Times, from participating in the elections process by covering or endorsing candidates, The Washington Examiner is reporting.

Democratic Commissioner Ellen Weintraub said in her submission, “Given everything we have learned this year, it blinks reality to suggest that that there is no risk of foreign nationals taking advantage of current loopholes to intercede invisibly in American elections. This is a risk no member of the Federal Election Commission should be willing to tolerate.”

The moves by the FEC could mean that these media outlets wouldn’t even be allowed to mention any candidate by name. That’s insane.

The Washington Examiner had this to say:

Democrats on the commission have been on a three-year campaign to limit the voice of conservative media, stopped by Republican commissioners who have warned that the First Amendment is under attack in the FEC.

The latest move was hinted at last month when Weintraub proposed another political ban on foreign-owned companies. Republicans countered with their proposal, but both were voted down. It was suggested that Weintraub tighten her proposal and her Wednesday submission calls for commission lawyers to design a foreign ownership rule.

“I am prepared to move that we address through rulemaking five discrete topics relating to foreign-national political spending and corporations: 1. Percentage of foreign ownership: 2. Board membership of corporation: 3. Foreign government ownership: 4. Type of corporation: and 5. Implementation measures,” Weintraub wrote. They don’t give a rat’s ass about foreign ownership… they are looking for a way to silence Fox News because of their conservative viewpoint.

This would have a severe chilling effect on the First Amendment and media. This must be stopped… but then again… I said that about handing over the Internet to our enemies. We’ve slipped into an alternate reality as of late.

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Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton is an editor and writer for Right Wing News. She owns and blogs at NoisyRoom.net. She is a Constitutional Conservative and NoisyRoom focuses on political and national issues of interest to the American public. Terresa is the editor at Trevor Loudon's site, New Zeal - trevorloudon.com. She also does research at KeyWiki.org. You can email Terresa here. NoisyRoom can be found on Facebook and on Twitter.

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