Sinclair-Trib Merger Shows Freepress’ True Colors – They’re Dyed in the Wool, Authoritarian Censors

by Mike Wendy on August 4, 2017

In arguing for the rejection of the proposed Sinclair-Tribune broadcast merger, “media reform” group Freepress made this astoundingly ironic (and anti-American) statement:

…Sinclair is notorious for slipping right-wing views and Republican talking points into its newscasts. The company overrides the objections of local journalists and forces its stations to run conservative commentaries and slanted stories on the local news…

Let’s cut to the chase.  What Freepress advocates for is censorship, pure and simple.

It’s fine if a private company wants to present a “slanted view” of matters on their private communications platforms. That is their Right (even Freepress’, though I don’t agree with their point of view). However, it ain’t cool – or Constitutional – if Uncle Sam determines what must be communicated by private actors via threat of penalty or other state action.

Of course, that’s what Freepress wants – a government stamp of disapproval (e.g., rejection of the Sinclair-Trib merger) to defeat the “airing [of] politically slanted content” on Sinclair-Trib stations. It’s not enough that virtually all of the media is run by Progressive activists.  “Right-wing views” deserve no quarter; they must be stamped out.

Like other of their “media reform” brethren, they want private actors out of the communications business…

…So we get more “diverse,” etc. viewpoints. So, elites like them can decide the digital broccoli that we must all eat.

Think this spiel is isolated to just the broadcast realm? Think again. The current Net Neutrality rule – which Freepress helped author with the Obama Administration – comes from the same mold. In Robert McChesney’s (Freepress’ founder) words:

“At the moment, the battle over network neutrality is not to completely eliminate the telephone and cable companies. We are not at that point yet. But the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.”

Freepress = “media reform” = censorship of non-Progressive voices.  That doesn’t strike me as being about a free press, comrades.

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