Sen. Rockefeller: FCC should shut down Fox News and MSNBC

posted at 10:45 am on November 18, 2010 by The Right Scoop

via theBlaze.com. Sen. Rockefeller, in a more rare and honest moment, says that he is tired of the Right and the Left and that we’d all be better off if the FCC would shut down Fox News and MSNBC. That’s interesting, because the FCC doesn’t have any jurisdiction over cable whatsoever. At least not yet.

You see, Rockefeller says he hungers for quality news and believes that the FCC should play a part in facilitating that end. He believes that without the extremes of Fox News and MSNBC, the American people would have more faith in their government, would have better political discourse, and that it would help legislators do their work. Yeah right, Fox News is the reason why the American people don’t have faith in their government.

What Rockefeller really wants is news that doesn’t hold him and his legislative buddies accountable. He doesn’t want news that would appropriately vet, say, President Obama, and uncover what he really believes and how it’s the complete opposite of what the majority of Americans believe. What he wants is a propaganda machine, which is why for the life of me I can’t figure out why he wants MSNBC taken off the air. Anyway, what this is really about is not what the American people want, but rather what he wants – freedom of speech and the Constitution be damned.

The bigger point here is the size of government. This is a prime example of why we must limit the size of government so as to maximize the freedom of the individual. Milton Friedman points out that every person works for their own self interest and the bigger the government, the better chance that a legislator’s self interest will conflict with yours. And when they conflict, we all know who wins that battle (i.e. Obamacare).

If left alone, the American people will decide which news outlets are successful and which are not, and that’s the way it should be. I just hope that the next time Sen. Rockefeller is on the ballot, the American people teach him a good lesson by using their constitutionally protected freedom of speech and send him packing.

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Senator Jay Rockefeller is a fascist. Pure and simple.

CatoRenasci on November 18, 2010 at 12:15 PM

So, you’ll be saying goodbye then?

katy the mean old lady on November 18, 2010 at 12:15 PM

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That had’a hurt.

RalphyBoy on November 18, 2010 at 12:18 PM

alternatively, he might just be voicing a legitimate concern over the influence of clowns on public discourse.

sesquipedalian on November 18, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Sure didn’t take long for examples to start making themselves…

Although the main argument – federal suppression of clowns – still stands. That’s a big no-no. The idea of the D’s and R’s battling for control of a Ministry of Truth gives me the shivers.

Dark-Star on November 18, 2010 at 12:18 PM

Imagine what the leftie elites think when they don’t have Freudian slips.

And many of you keep calling them progressives and liberals. They are neither, nor are they libertarians.

May the pig be plagued and may all his adherents catch something similar.

Schadenfreude on November 18, 2010 at 12:21 PM

capejasmine on November 18, 2010 at 12:14 PM

are you a fan of cable news? your daily stimulant for the sweet, sweet outrage you so crave?

sesquipedalian on November 18, 2010 at 12:22 PM

I can not believe he said that. Get rid of this poor excuse
of a politician. Total joke! True representative of of this pathetic Government. Does this idiot know what he just said?

whsiii on November 18, 2010 at 12:25 PM

Poppycock.

scalleywag on November 18, 2010 at 12:27 PM

first, it shows what happens when you’re in a really safe seat…you can pretty much say anthing

yes, it is what these people really believe….there’s a lot of that going around…Tom Friedman is not too fond of democracy when there’s important things to be done

r keller on November 18, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Although the main argument – federal suppression of clowns – still stands. That’s a big no-no.

Dark-Star on November 18, 2010 at 12:18 PM

hence rockefeller’s “something inside of me wants to” phrasing, which usually indicates that “i don’t really mean it to happen but wouldn’t it be nice.”

also, too, remember that violating people’s rights to privacy, habeas corpus and freedom from being tortured used to be big no-nos until we decided that certain parts of the constitution are not so sacrosanct after all.

sesquipedalian on November 18, 2010 at 12:35 PM

Great comments by so many. It’s been a pleasure to read them.

This is incipient fascism, it is McCarthyism, it is unconstitutional, it is outrageous, and this guy should be jeered at and called out and voted out.

rrpjr on November 18, 2010 at 12:35 PM

Is there anything more fundamentally UN-American than an elected statesmen asking the government to stifle speech??

This calls for some investigative journalism into Mr Rockefeller’s voting and financial records, methinks.

stevezilla on November 18, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Tom Friedman is not too fond of democracy when there’s important things to be done

r keller on November 18, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Tom Friedman is not too fond of democracy. when there’s important things to be done

FIFY!

belad on November 18, 2010 at 12:51 PM

…which usually indicates that “i don’t really mean it to happen but wouldn’t it be nice.”…

sesquipedalian on November 18, 2010 at 12:35 PM

You sure have lived in a cocoon for your 70 odd years if you truly believe that BS. When people think that there will be no repercussions, they say what they believe, especially politicians that are adept at lying and obfuscating the truth. This buffoon believes that the ‘little people’ aren’t astute enough to be able to discern fact from fiction, therefore he wants to make sure that only one story is heard. The fact that he suggests that MSNBC get silenced is the same thing as getting ‘bipartisan cover’ for absolutely horrible tone deaf legislation, a ‘moral equivalence’ sort of thing.

belad on November 18, 2010 at 1:02 PM

are you a fan of cable news? your daily stimulant for the sweet, sweet outrage you so crave?

sesquipedalian on November 18, 2010 at 12:22 PM

I sure am. Now that I know where the MSM’s stand. They deliberately skew, mislead, or outright omit pertinent information from the public. They stepped away from their duty to report for the people….and instead, blatantly, and openly shilled for a candidate, and party. SO yes. I am a fan of cable news. Fox has it’s opinions, and yes, we know who those are who lean right. I can discriminate from opinion, and news.

Now…that being said…is that the best answer you can give? At least I’m honest. Are you?

capejasmine on November 18, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Isn’t he up for re-election in 2012? Of course so is Manchin. I wonder what the people of WV think of them. Have John Raese run in 2012

ConservativePartyNow on November 18, 2010 at 11:32 AM

I was thinking the same thing. Get him voted out in the next election cycle.

karenhasfreedom on November 18, 2010 at 1:08 PM

I’ve said it many time before, I’ll say it again…..

The Conservative New Media (CNM) got much more powerful during the Bush years. But that power was muted by the fact that FoxNews, talk radio, Conservative blogs, etc, were all playing defense against an MSM that was using all it’s ammo to go on the offensive and destroy Bush. Once the Democrats took power, it gave the CNM an opportunity to go on the offensive. My prediction was that as much as the Left was screaming about FoxNews during the Bush years, they’d be ready for the rubber room once Fox and the rest of the CNM starting subjecting Obama to the same kind of scrutiny that the MSM routinely subjects Republicans to.

Do not underestimate the effect that the CNM had in shaping the results of the mid-term elections. I hope more Democrats come out and echo Rockefellers words. It will show independents and libertarians exactly what the modern day Democrats are all about, and how much they depend on the MSM and the rest of liberal controlled popular culture to carry their water.

ardenenoch on November 18, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Good post, Mr. Scoop. You hit all the right notes. Still stunning to see buffoonish ignorance of the free market’s invisible hand on display.

Jay’s little bug could be 3rd stage syphilis. I think he’s faking it, but there’s enough evidence in the vid to justify a brain biopsy.

HelenW on November 18, 2010 at 1:12 PM

hence rockefeller’s “something inside of me wants to” phrasing, which usually indicates that “i don’t really mean it to happen but wouldn’t it be nice.”

also, too, remember that violating people’s rights to privacy, habeas corpus and freedom from being tortured used to be big no-nos until we decided that certain parts of the constitution are not so sacrosanct after all.

sesquipedalian on November 18, 2010 at 12:35 PM

Nothing inside of me wants to shut down MSNBC. Sure, I love wseeing Olbermann and his gang of mental deficients fail. But that is the sound of sweet justice as the public tunes out. Not a desire to strap on the Rockefeller Gestapo boots and stomp on MSNBC’s neck.

So when Heil Rockerfeller tells us his fascist dreams we should be concerned. A man who wishes such things would do such things if granted the authority to do so.

NotCoach on November 18, 2010 at 1:18 PM

“What he wants is a propaganda machine, which is why for the life of me I can’t figure out why he wants MSNBC taken off the air.”

MSNBC has blown its cover, and is useless. And by including it he appears even handed. And would help the “bigger” boys of CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC.

Time to start referring to Jay Rockefeller not as “Senator”, but as “Commissar”.

LarryD on November 18, 2010 at 1:18 PM

alternatively, he might just be voicing a legitimate concern over the influence of clowns on public discourse.

sesquipedalian on November 18, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Actually it’s none of his business.

tinkerthinker on November 18, 2010 at 1:19 PM

alternatively, he might just be voicing a legitimate concern over the influence of clowns on public discourse.

sesquipedalian on November 18, 2010 at 12:04 PM

He’s not voicing a concern.

He – a US Senator – is imploring a government agency to look at trying to shut down certain broadcast outlets because he doesn’t’ like what people on them are saying.

Saying FOX or MSNBC SUX is one thing. US Senators imploring the FCC to try to “take action” against them is another level entirely.

I know you’re having trouble seeing the difference.

Good Lt on November 18, 2010 at 1:23 PM

And in an ironic development, sesquwhatever is having trouble seeing that it’s the conservatives who are defending the right of MSNBC to say whatever they want to whomever they want to whenever they want to.

The liberals are the ones trying to tapdance around government censorship constitutionally protected speech and pretend that’s not what they’re after.

Good Lt on November 18, 2010 at 1:25 PM

“… tired of ever escalating rates.”

That is the point I agree on. But I’m not asking the feds to step in and tell the cable companies what packages to offer.

We simply refuse to connect the television at all.

There is news in abundance on the Internet, and it is free of irritating personalities. There is opinion in abundance on the radio, and it is free of irrelevant videos.

And all of that is because there is still freedom to choose.

alice on November 18, 2010 at 1:32 PM

Just sent this to Senator Rockefeller:

You can’t shut down the news because you don’t like being held accountable. Every one knows that without Fox News, all of the news would back your side. First Fox, then talk radio, then the Internet, pretty soon there would be no room for dissent. That would serve you just fine as you socialize the whole country. This is precisely why the framers put in the First Amendment. You can not take that away, not now, not ever!

Add your two cents.

rockefeller.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm

Dog bites on November 18, 2010 at 2:09 PM

The FCC has no regulatory authority over cable TV. It is not transmitted over the airwaves. What restrictions cable does have is voluntarily self imposed.

Jay Rockefeller is talking out of his …

Sammy316 on November 18, 2010 at 2:35 PM

can’t figure out why he wants MSNBC

Just throwing a dog a bone.
Liberals equate Gitmo, with the mass murders of Hussein. They think waterboarding is the same as having dogs tear apart children as their parents watch.
To get rid of Fox, they need to balance that with something from the left, so they throw MSNBC and their two dozen viewers under the bus for exchange to get rid of the number one news station, and their number one nemisis.

right2bright on November 18, 2010 at 3:23 PM

And to equate…they would have to get rid of: CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, just to balance out the viewership.

right2bright on November 18, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Isn’t he up for re-election in 2012? Of course so is

Manchin. I wonder what the people of WV think of them. Have John Raese run in 2012

ConservativePartyNow on November 18, 2010 at 11:32 AM

I was thinking the same thing. Get him voted out in the next election cycle.

karenhasfreedom on November 18, 2010 at 1:08 PM

According to the Senate.gov website, Senator Rockefeller (D-WV) is in Class 2 which means he is up for re-election in 2014.

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?State=WV

Republicans of West Virginia, please make sure you have a strong candidate ready to run against Senator Rockefeller in 2014, so you can VOTE HIM OUT OF OFFICE! It wouldn’t hurt to start looking for that candidate now, so they have time to run for another office to get some more experience and more name recognition during the next couple of years.

Republicans need to build bench strength and the best time to start is now.

wren on November 18, 2010 at 3:33 PM

also, too, remember that violating people’s rights to privacy, habeas corpus and freedom from being tortured used to be big no-nos until we decided that certain parts of the constitution are not so sacrosanct after all.

sesquipedalian on November 18, 2010 at 12:35 PM

“The Constitution is not a suicide pact.”

Dopenstrange on November 18, 2010 at 3:41 PM

What Rockefeller really wants is news that doesn’t hold him and his legislative buddies accountable.

Stop. Period. End of sentence.

That is everything you need to know about the American Aristocracy infesting Washington, DC. It’s generally a collection of insulated power-brokers who want to operate without criticism and under the radar (save maybe for the Tea Party driven contingent that hasn’t yet been – as Trent Lott would suggest – “co-opted”).

The fact that his interpretation of “extremists” (my word for Rockefeller’s position) is subjective is actually immaterial. What really has him and peers upset is the exposure of their votes and the cynically political and self-serving nature of their profession. The electorate now has a near instantaneous window into politics and the ability to act upon new information. Once upon a time, DC could operate behind the blinds. Not so much anymore. It would seem that transparency and sunlight from whichever prism still spook the roaches.

AnonymousDrivel on November 18, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Thank you, Sen Rockefeller, your our only hope!
God forbid we mere unwashed masses be allowed to make our own choice. Obviously your constituents in W V like Fox News. Otherwise that other new Democratic Sen would not have gone there to proclaim he was not Obama’s boy.

humdinger on November 18, 2010 at 4:00 PM

gryphon202 on November 18, 2010 at 11:35 AM

alternatively, he might just be voicing a legitimate concern over the influence of clowns on public discourse.

sesquipedalian on November 18, 2010 at 12:04 PM

If he would shut up, it would eliminate one clown.

Yet another senator past his expiration date

didymus on November 18, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Dog bites on November 18, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Excellent. I’m working one up to send.

rrpjr on November 18, 2010 at 4:17 PM

“Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.”

Joseph Goebbels

diogenes on November 18, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Where do we find these morons, and who votes for them?

ultracon on November 18, 2010 at 11:16 AM

I don’t want to be mean to WVAs, but my ex & inlaws are from the Lansing area.
There are some real ignorant hicks out that way.
It’s easy to see why that state is the way it is politically.

Badger40 on November 18, 2010 at 5:31 PM

alternatively, he might just be voicing a legitimate concern over the influence of clowns on public discourse.

sesquipedalian on November 18, 2010 at 12:04 PM

And of the course the best way to combat that concern is to ban free speech.
Why didn’t I ever think of that before?

Badger40 on November 18, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Please someone explain how Fox is anything like MSNBC.
Let me see Hannity, O’Reilly, Greta, Geraldo, Beck, and Baier among others are on Fox . Compare then to Maddow, Schultz, Obly, Chris Mathews, and Lawrence O’Donnel. While Beck is a little crazy for my tastes all of the MSNBC people are nasty and snide. It is not even close.

CWforFreedom on November 18, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Well, I knew Rockefeller was a Stalinist, but I thought he had better sense than to be so open about it.

But with unqualified leftist hacks like Mignon Clyburn (she should be glad that when she was born, her Daddy had never heard of Wagyu) on the FCC, they are liable to do anything – whether or not they have statutory authority. Obama and his Leftist cronies have already been discussing a strategy of rule by fiat through regulation so he doesn’t have to deal with that pesky Congress.

Adjoran on November 18, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Sen. Rockefeller should be charged with treason for undermining the souvernity of The United States of America and it’s Constitution for which he is charged to uphold.

joshlbetts on November 18, 2010 at 5:56 PM

This carpetbagger spent $5 million to run for office in WVA – back when $5 million was a lot of money. Stupid then & stupid now.

BHO Jonestown on November 18, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Yeah, Senator? Well, I think we’d all be better off if WVa stopped sending people to the Senate. Whaddya think about that??

SukieTawdry on November 18, 2010 at 6:47 PM

The good senators wife is employed by PBS in Washington DC,she needs the money?

Col.John Wm. Reed on November 18, 2010 at 6:54 PM

Sen. Rockefeller fails to understand a basic premise in a free society. We have a guarantee of the fundamental right of free speech. He is free to change the dial if he doesn’t like what the opposition is saying. He is free to subscribe or not subscribe to media outlets that reflect or challenge his point of view.

The nation’s citizens may not particularly like what the pols in Washington are trying to do, now or for our future. Inasmuch as we are his employers, he has no authority to determine what we read, hear, or view. Informed citizens need more information, not politically approved propaganda.

onlineanalyst on November 18, 2010 at 8:03 PM

How does CNN escape the same reputation as MSNBC? For my money, they’re just as biased, maybe less theatrical, but just as biased.

anniekc on November 18, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Thank you. Every time that I am held hostage in a waiting room that has the television nailed to CNN, I want to throw a shoe at the set. As it is, I am reduced to being the person muttering in the corner, refudiating the disinformation and omissions by CNN’s talking heads.

onlineanalyst on November 18, 2010 at 8:10 PM

Thank you. Every time that I am held hostage in a waiting room that has the television nailed to CNN…
onlineanalyst on November 18, 2010 at 8:10 PM

My bank ran MSNBC on five screens. I went to the manager and complained — forcefully. I noticed a week later they’d switched to CNN. I complained – forcefully. Now they run canned promo pieces for the bank.

Speak up. It works.

rrpjr on November 18, 2010 at 8:54 PM

Jay’s little bug could be 3rd stage syphilis. I think he’s faking it, but there’s enough evidence in the vid to justify a brain biopsy.

HelenW on November 18, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Well, his statements are certainly the stuff from a bubble of some sort.

Lourdes on November 18, 2010 at 9:47 PM

The good senators wife is employed by PBS in Washington DC,she needs the money?

Col.John Wm. Reed on November 18, 2010 at 6:54 PM

No, Mr. Rockefeller needs the control.

Lourdes on November 18, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Kearstin Powers just made a super fool of herself on topic, on Hannity. She really is a ditz.

Schadenfreude on November 18, 2010 at 10:02 PM

He wants the whole country to be as dumb and broke as his poor, unenlightened constituents.

IlikedAUH2O on November 18, 2010 at 10:07 PM

Rockefeller says he hungers for quality news

Yeah, and I hunger for sane, rational, constructionist Senators. Rockefeller is a prime illustration that ain’t happening either.

AZfederalist on November 19, 2010 at 12:23 AM

We beat the commies in the 80s…we will win over clowns like this too.

dec5 on November 19, 2010 at 12:56 AM

Hopefully the voters will shut this totalitarian down in the next election cycle.

zoyclem on November 19, 2010 at 7:13 AM

Go for a swim in your vault, turkey!
Randy

williars on November 19, 2010 at 7:57 AM

Perhaps one day, when they finally wise up to what this guy is really all about, the good people of the state that Jay Rockefeller happens to misrepresent will do us all a favor and shut him down, as in boot his sorry rear end out of the Senate seat he has disgraced for far too long now.

pilamaye on November 19, 2010 at 12:07 PM

See, this why liberals should be ignored when they say that conservative talk radio needs to be regulated for content because, after all, those frequencies are the property of the public and blah blah blah. They won’t stop there. They’ll regulate cable, too, in the exact same way, because their real objective is to silence dissent and they won’t even bat an eye at their own hypocrisy and disregard for freedom of speech.

R. Waher on November 19, 2010 at 8:47 PM

The sworn oath a United States Senator elect takes is as follows:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

Just for starters, the very first amendment to our Constitution expressly provides a specific prohibition on Congressional abridgement of a free press, to wit:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

And in similar manner, the fifth amendment to our constitution expressly provides that:

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

He called for the banning of two major media outlets!

So . . . I guess I’m wondering how his call for the outright banning of those two media outlets did not amount to per se advocacy of an utterly unconstitutional course of action, and, thereby constitute a singular violation of his oath of office?

West Virginia . . . we have a problem!

Trochilus on November 20, 2010 at 5:36 PM

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