Obama: Trust Only Me, America

Obama: Trust Only Me, America

May 17th, 2010

By Floyd and Mary Beth Brown, Expose Obama

 and don’t speak against meh

Always the smooth operator, Obama is urging the American people to tune out other voices and listen only to the sound of their dear leader’s voice. He bemoans the growth of new media during his commencement address at Hampton University in Virginia: “You’re coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don’t always rank all that high on the truth meter…With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations, — none of which I know how to work — information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation…All of this is not only putting new pressures on you, it is putting new pressures on our country and on our democracy.”

It is less than slightly ironic to hear our Blackberry-toting president proclaim he is unable to operate modern technology, but the content of his new media criticism is downright chilling. Obama’s political career has been built on a narrative that he and his close associates carefully crafted. The only biographical information we know about the president comes from his two autobiographies, both of which contain large embellishments and historical inaccuracies. These inaccuracies were virtually censored in the formerly dominant old media. Only the new media have dared to challenge Obama’s narrative.

Obama laments the role cable news plays in the political discourse because they dare discuss issues he doesn’t want covered. This would be an interesting academic topic, were it not for attempts by his underlings to restrict the flow of information on the Internet and over the airwaves. While he demonizes blogs, talk radio and cable news, his czars and his recent Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan, are perfectly comfortable with the idea of the U.S. government restricting free speech.

Free-flowing information is a vital part of any free society. If the public is unable to get information unfiltered by the government they will never hear a fair and open debate.

Obama wants to withhold conflicting versions of the public narrative from the American people, and the old-line media are willingly going along with Obama’s desires. Were it not for alternative sources of media such as blogs, talk radio and cable news, Obama and his radical friends wouldn’t have to defend their agenda. That’s why team Obama is seeking to restrict these alternative forms of media. Obama’s recent attack on new media is part of a strategic assault on free speech.

Susan Crawford, Obama’s former Internet czar, has been pushing tirelessly for so-called “net neutrality,” which if made into law will transform the Internet and ultimately give the government power to regulate content. Despite its high-sounding name, “net neutrality” is nothing but another government regulation that will inevitably have unintended consequences that could reach into every individual’s home connection. Proponents of neutrality should be more concerned with government intrusion than with any limitations imposed by the marketplace. As Timothy B. Lee of the Cato Institute has stated, the regulation inherent in “net neutrality” is not needed because “network owners are likely to find deviations from the end-to-end principle unprofitable.”

Efforts to regulate the Internet, coupled with the efforts of FCC Associate General Counsel and Chief Diversity Officer Mark Lloyd to silence talk radio, constitute two grave threats to free speech and access to independent ideas. Lloyd believes the most effective method for controlling talk radio is through local and racially diverse media ownership requirements which could effectively force ownership changes at many conservative talk and Christian radio stations.

The final part of this triple threat to speech is Elena Kagan, Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court. Kagan, in one of her few public statements on any issue, stated in the University of Chicago Law Review: “If there is an ‘overabundance’ of an idea in the absence of direct governmental action — which there well might be when compared with some ideal state of public debate — then action disfavoring that idea might ‘un-skew,’ rather than skew, public discourse.” So in Kagan’s view the government can determine what the ideal level and content of free speech and public debate is, and it can regulate or block anything above that level. Under this view Obama’s own administration could determine that there is too much criticism of him and regulate the offending media outlets.

Obama’s assault on free speech is threatening the very core of our Republic. If the government can silence its critics, the American people may never know the truth. Blogs, talk radio, and cable are an integral part of our democracy. Patriotic Americans must stand up and defend the right to consume and disseminate unfiltered information

Barack Obama’s FCC Information Police

Barack Obama’s FCC Information Police

By Chuck Rogér

The President warns us that Americans must beware of “the craziest claims” and “arguments” in which “information becomes a distraction” that puts “pressures” on “our democracy.” What was behind Barack Obama’s recent remarks to the graduating class of Hampton University? What “information” must Americans fear?

FCC Chief Diversity Officer Mark Lloyd foretold Obama’s meaning in a coauthored 2007 Center for American Progress (CAP) report. The report complained that 91 percent of talk radio was conservative and praised the “more balanced” programming “in markets such as New York and Chicago.” The deep blue demographics of two of the bluest American cities betray a deceitful usage of the term “more balanced.”
To further corrupt the meaning of “balance,” even after admitting that “no matter how the data is analyzed” conservative talk dominates “over and over again,” the CAP report implied that talk radio balance means half conservative, half progressive programming. This is instructive. Although twice as many Americans self-identify as conservative versus liberal, the liberal meaning of balance mutates from allotment according to real-life proportions to equal market share. Armed with any redefinitions required, FCC Chief Diversity Officer Lloyd is now in a position to rebalance political talk radio.
To understand how “balance” could be achieved, we refer again to President Obama’s warning that Hampton graduates must avoid information that becomes distracting. Precisely how can one recognize distracting information? A clue lies in the CAP report’s insistence that broadcast companies serve “the listening needs of all Americans.” The key word is “needs.” Liberals assume that people should need only the information that liberals want people to have. Other information constitutes “distraction.”
But when huge majorities of customers support existing talk radio programming, there exists only imaginary distraction. Only the most microscopic gap could exist between demand and supply. Such unpleasantness doesn’t faze progressive know-it-alls unable to accept that customers recoil from force-fed progressive talk.
Undeterred, Lloyd and the other coauthors of the 2007 CAP report recommended a force-feeding technique that requires “diversity” in radio station ownership in order to inflict repeatedly rejected progressive viewpoints on the people. As I reported last August, diversity would be achieved through three actions.
1) Legal discrimination: “caps” on the proportions of various types of people who can own stations.
2) “Greater local accountability over radio licensing.”
3) Forcing broadcasters not meeting “public interest obligations” to fund public broadcasting. Stations would have to do what liberals say or else pay to be ridiculed by liberals on competitor stations.
With fixes for talk radio “imbalance” in place, high-minded government bureaucrats would be well on the way to addressing the high consumer preference for conservative shows over progressive shows. But the high preference points out a truth that won’t go away: Emotionally healthy Americans embrace wholesome values, self-reliance, small government, traditional America, and a traditional family structure. Just more antagonistic reality to taunt progressives who seem hell-bent on imposing progressive radio on traditional Americans.
To bolster the imposition, Mark Lloyd and company didn’t stop at three recommendations. The CAP report called for the public to have a periodic say in whether licensed broadcast companies should be allowed to continue to broadcast. Such meddling would be akin to the feds controlling people’s earnings, restricting government contracts to unionized companies, ordering financial institutions to lend to specific borrowers, or giving preference to certain people for entry into jobs or schools. Decades ago, the intrusions into free markets wouldn’t have been tolerated. Today, interference is common.
Interference is about to be turbo-charged. Three years after private citizen Lloyd proposed that government force progressive radio programming into conservative markets, the FCC where Lloyd now works appears poised to consider the Diversity Czar’s force-feeding recommendations. The agency has launched “an examination of the future of media and the information needs of communities in a digital age.” Media “diversity” plays a role in “examination.” The FCC explains:
The objective of this review is to assess whether all Americans have access to vibrant, diverse sources of news and information that will enable them to enrich their lives, their communities and our democracy.
The Future of Media project will produce a report providing a clear, precise assessment of the current media landscape, analyze policy options and, as appropriate, make policy recommendations to the FCC, other government entities, and other parties.
The statement reads like a rehash of the Lloyd-and-company Center for American Progress report. In order to soothe Obama’s worries over excess “information,” after the FCC “examine[s]” the “information needs of communities,” it’s a safe bet that the agency will recommend regulating information flow into said communities. The FCC’s wording runs faithfully parallel to Obama’s wording:
The digital age is creating an information and communications renaissance.  But it is not serving all Americans and their local communities equally. It is not yet serving democracy fully.
Witness the creation of yet another contrived “right” — the right of all members of all communities to equal access to all communications media. Also, it’s impossible to ignore Obama’s and the FCC’s misleading use of the term “democracy” to depict America’s representative democratic republic. Exactly what does the “communications renaissance… serving democracy fully” mean? The FCC may have in mind the public’s participation in station licensing as proposed by Lloyd in 2007. America could be headed into a state of affairs in which popular vote determines who can operate private sector radio stations. Voters could be “nudged” in specific directions using specific government freebies funneled into specific communities.
Another factor motivating Obama administration focus on information flow is the demise of the massively liberal “dinosaur” media — mainly newspapers and broadcast TV. Stir in the downward spiral of liberal cable news outlets like MSNBC as well as the embarrassing face-plant of progressive talk radio’s Air America, and it becomes clear why Obama and the FCC are nervous. Nerves are frying over how “the layoff of thousands of journalists” might result in “fewer ‘informed communities.'” As liberal-dominated media continue to atrophy, progressive propaganda will less reliably reach communities that get progressive “helping” programs that convince voters to elect progressives to keep the help flowing.
Losing the iron grip that progressives have on “oppressed” and “disadvantaged” American voters is not something that Barack Obama can bear. Media filters must be tightened. According to the President, only certain “information” should reach the people. Perhaps soon, the noble FCC will save Americans from bad information, the information that “has become a distraction.”
A physicist and former high tech executive, Chuck Rogér invites you to visit his website, chuckroger.com. Email Chuck at swampcactus@chuckroger.com.

Obama; Free yourself from distractions – like information

Obama; Free yourself from distractions – like information

Cindy Simpson

Obama’s “million-mouthed dog,” Organizing for America (OFA), was especially busy the week leading up to Obama’s commencement address at Hampton University on May 9, in which he bemoaned information technology as “a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment.”

On May 6, the OFA blog encouraged its 13 million supporters to engage in the “fun” technology of the President’s twitter account:

One of the great features of Twitter is the ability to create lists of people or organizations you follow. It’s a fun and useful way to organize the jumble of information that arrives in your Twitter home page each day and to find new accounts to follow based on common interests or associations.

Currently President Obama’s Twitter account includes a list that links you to the local Organizing for America accounts for all 50 states. You can find a lot of helpful information here to get involved in supporting the President’s agenda for change, tailored specifically to your home state…

More than 66,000 Twitter users have added President Obama to their lists. If you haven’t already, add @BarackObama to one of your own.

Then on May 7, OFA director Mitch Stewart asked members to “speak out” with a bark “too loud to ignore,” saying:  “We want to overwhelm the phone lines of Republican senators, who are threatening to stand in the way of Wall Street reform.”  With a click on a link and the input of a zip code, members could easily locate phone numbers, view a suggested script, and report back to headquarters on their progress.

OFA threw a bone (or perhaps a tug on the leash?) to supporters the day before the commencement on May 8 with another weekly, specially-produced video address by Obama entitled:  “Heath Reform Starts to Kick In.” As a special treat, slow-learners could read along with the captioning provided at the bottom of the screen.

Obama, in his commencement speech, warned graduating Hampton students:

…[Y]ou’re coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don’t always rank that high on the truth meter. And with iPods and iPads; and Xboxes and PlayStations — none of which I know how to work — (laughter) — information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of [epantsapation].

Recall back in the early days of this never-ending campaign how strongly Obama feels about these “distractions.”

Obama further counseled Hampton graduates:

With so many voices clamoring for attention on blogs, and on cable, on talk radio, it can be difficult, at times, to sift through it all; to know what to believe; to figure out who’s telling the truth and who’s not.

Americans must need a “Truth Czar,” like Cass Sunstein, to ensure this information is provided by only approved and licensed breeders.

In the meantime, we can only hope that pesky teleprompter receives better spelling training.  Unless “epantsapation” was just some sort of distracting computer glitch.

Following his Hampton address, Obama emailed another special video message to the kennel to ask for support of his nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.

Heel, America.