Here’s the skinny: Sinclair media sent a script to its affiliate stations warning about crappy news on social media. Because sometimes social media has crappy news. Well, someone clever made a montage about Sinclair and now a bunch of geriatric brownshirts in Congress want the FCC to snoop around Sinclair.
In a letter, the senators, 11 Democrats and independent Bernie Sanders, expressed concern about local news anchors at Sinclair-owned stations around the country being forced to read company-mandated scripts. The scripts criticized “the troubling trend of irresponsible, one sided news stories plaguing our country” and have drawn fire.
M’kay. This kind of malfeasance may be permissible in leftist sinkholes of Europe. But here in the States, we have the First Amendment which explicitly protects the press from government stooges nursing a strong case of the sadz.
“We are concerned that Sinclair is engaged in a systematic news distortion operation that seeks to undermine freedom of the press and the robust localism and diversity of viewpoint that is the foundation of our national broadcasting laws,” the senators wrote. They added that it “may have violated the FCC’s longstanding policy against broadcast licensees deliberately distorting news by staging, slanting, or falsifying information.”
If you go back and read my original article about Sinclair, you’ll note the mainstream media has a habit of parroting itself when it comes to leftist talking points. Our esteemed senators weren’t biting their nails over media’s long history of accepting faxes from the DNC. But Sinclair tells its affiliates “Hey, read this thing about not trusting social media” and all unholy hell breaks loose. Also, Mark Zuckerberg has spoken before Congress because Facebook hasn’t exactly been “trustworthy.”
Thankfully, the FCC head honcho is telling these senators to suck it. Not his words, but that’s the subtext:
“I can hardly think of an action more chilling of free speech than the federal government investigating a broadcast station because of disagreement with its news coverage or promotion of that coverage,” Pai wrote.
He’s right. The First Amendment was written to protect the people from the grabby, tyrannical hands of government heavyweights, throwing around their heft in efforts to intimidate.
Make no mistake, the left wants to control the media. They want to control speech. When suddenly there’s a questioning of mainstream media or the “facts” it spreads, suddenly the powerful get concerned.