“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?