Senator, Please No; Not MSNBC!

“There’s a little bug inside of me which wants to get the FCC to say to FOX and to MSNBC: ‘Out. Off. End. Goodbye.’ It would be a big favor to political discourse; our ability to do our work here in Congress, and to the American people, to be able to talk with each other and have some faith in their government and more importantly, in their future.”  So says Senator Jay Rockefeller on November 17, 2010. (Real Clear Politics; November 18, 2010)

Translation in absentia:

  • Less political discourse means better political discourse.  Less is more!
  • Political discourse should not represent the left or right. 
  • CNN is just fine as are the broadcast networks and their wide variety of news/opinion programming.  There is apparently no political orientation within those organizations by the Senator’s standards. 
  • Congress’s work is inhibited by informed citizens; either side of the aisle. 
  • The American people would be better served by less as opposed to more information and opinion.
  • The American people would be more compliant if Fox was off the air.
  • Fox and MSNBC results in Americans having less faith in their government.
  • Somehow with less information Americans would have more faith in government! 
  • If we know less, especially now, in the middle of a financial crisis, the result will be more confidence in our collective future.


This statement, this view, is incomprehensibly arrogant; the recent election has had no effect on Senator Rockefeller’s world.  It is dangerous that a senior Senator believes that less as opposed to more information is a good thing for American democracy and the American people. 

It’s not really about that!

To be blunt this is the manner of thinking and attitude we find in Fascist regimes. This attitude is on full display in Iran, Venezuela and totalitarian regimes everywhere; shut down everything that’s not in the comfortable, compliant, non-threatening middle.  Insure political correctness, look the other way, one point of analysis only; an “official” immutable position!

I’m a conservative and I watch MSNBC (not everything, but I watch) I want exposure to the other side of the issue.  I want to know the thinking and what the rationale and logic is.  Who knows, for some on that august channel, the logic may actually hold up some day. 

In the meantime, the good Senator would like to shut down options; I may be allowed to consider neither conservative nor liberal points of view.  Except for the plethora of other liberal leaning outlets; “darling, you know who you are.” 

Good strategy except for the embarrassing transparency; sacrifice one on the left to shut down the only one on the right!  Give up one of your own to get rid of a singular enemy.  Grand statesmanship in the United States Senate, grand I say!  

What is this Congress or the local drug dealer who gives up a street worker every once in a while to keep the heat down?

  • Bill Hedges

    I have been having a problem with my computer. Contrast comes on screen for no apparent reason. Sometimes it just goes on and off irritating me to no in. I looked up “check for Intel updates” and it suggested a update. Downloaded So far, problem solved.

    Instead of major overhaul, maybe Democrats want to try easy fix.

    At first I thought Landreaux had gone bonkers. He included us and liberals. Then, liberals aren’t really happy are they ?

    1. Obama was against same sex marriage in California ballot.

    2. Obama used wire taps just like Bush. Even carried on Bush court trial. Courts ruled legal.

    3. Obama had trial at GitMo.

    4. GitMo still open.

    5. Terrorist trial in last day or 2 found innocent of all charges but 1. Big bad terrorist trial won’t occur now until after Presidential election.

    6. Most of obamacare does not take affect until after Presidential election.

    Why all this after Presidential election ? Sure count goes well pass 6. Enough said by me.

    You ever want to irritate a Democrat remind him how Republican Party came about. I enjoy doing it:

    “Democrats, in 1854, passed the Kansas-Nebraska Act. This overturned the Missouri Compromise and allowed for the importation of slaves into the territories. Disgusted with the passage of this Act, free-soilers and anti-slavery members of the Whig and Democratic parties founded the Republican Party — not just to stop the spread of slavery, but to eventually abolish it.”

    “How many blacks know that blacks founded the Texas Republican Party? On July 4, 1867, in Houston, Texas, 150 blacks and 20 whites formed the party. No, not the Black Texas Republican Party, they founded the Texas Republican Party. Blacks across Southern states also founded the Republican parties in their states.”

    Republican Party supported the black slaves. Some how times has allowed Democrats to paint a different picture. obama doesn’t want to hear that.

    Tea was accused law breakers, raciest, nuts, teabag.ers, etc.. Fox, just everything under the Sun not good. Tea has bought a new moral high ground to Republican Party. Something to FEAR.

    Rangel should be forgiven because he is nice guy, helped many new member, couldn’t afford new lawyers, couldn’t find new lawyers in a month, served over 40 years, and latest may die soon.

    I guess if there were no Tea or Fox it would be easier to compromise in a way making Jay and President happy. Isn’t THAT the reason for government. People making government SMILE. 99% of media for is not enough. Fox too POWERFULL. Fox informs. Fox puts a baby’s rattle on a rattlesnake like the commercial. Criticizing unmercifully. Was ok when media attacked Bush. 99 % of media sees Fox success and heading that way. Bad. Real bad…

  • Bill Hedges

    Jay Rockefeller may be more mad at CNBC today. While GM’s IPO stock was being sold, announcers were talking bad about GM.

    The very high numbers of GM retirees retirement is under funded, although WE THE PEOPLE have done our part to shore it up. Discussed was the management Problems.

    Had bankruptcy been handled through normal process, surely the retirement problems would have been addressed. Not in a pleasing manner to retired union voters.

    Surely CNBC has harmed NATIONAL INTEREST…