FCC’s Michael Copps Demands His Critics Be Silenced

Most of the insidious bureauweenies eating away America from within remain as faceless as they are unaccountable. But a few distinguish themselves for their open belligerence toward our fundamental liberties:

Federal Communications Commissioner Michael Copps made a case for a government hand in media policy in a speech to the FCBA [Federal Communications Bar Association] on Tuesday.

“The commission can act now. It should have acted on the media before now. I am disappointed that it has not,” he said.

The decline of “real journalism” justifies federal involvement, according to Copps. …

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The Democratic commissioner pointed to Fox News’ Bernie Goldberg and Bill O’Reilly as examples of the problem with today’s media landscape, saying the pair has taken his own words out of context.

When you shine a light on a cockroach, you expect it to scuttle back under the stove. But Copps stands on his hind legs and wags his antennae aggressively, threatening those who expose him.

The key going forward, according to Copps, is “making sure there is media about, and originating from, the local communities a station serves.”

When an FCC bureaucrat uses the word “local,” hold tight to your copy of the Constitution. Localism is a “Hush Rush” strategy for silencing opposition voices with national audiences.

Congress has given the FCC power to get involved in the Communications Acts, according to Copps. It may want to give the agency more power to promote media diversity and competition, he said.

“Diversity” means you have to shut up because you’re Caucasian. “Competition” means if you grow too tall, you will be chopped down — unless of course your point of view pleases folks like Copps.

The commissioner also reiterated his call for a “Public Value Test” as part of the broadcasting license renewal, a process controlled by the FCC.

In a free country, public value is determined by the marketplace. Under socialism, it is determined by dictatorial thugs.

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The greatest threat to our freedom is bugs like Copps.

On a tip from J. Hat tip: Weasel Zippers. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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