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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on September 29th did something worse than give up control of the Internet. They voted unanimously to put America’s entire broadcast industry on the fast track to a foreign takeover by Chinese, Russian or Muslim Brotherhood front corporations.

This new FCC rule gives foreign interests the long sought-after tools they need to shape U.S. public opinion and to censor the opposition.

Once a foreign corporation scoops up a media business, such as a chain of radio stations, it can eliminate national and local programming and substitute its own government’s propaganda. That means that conservative talkers could find themselves off the air.

Citing the need for “change” from the old “vintage” laws, Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel declared that “laws that govern broadcast investment can get in the way.”

So, rather than respect the law and Congress, the FCC decided in a 5 to 0 vote to decree a new “rule” that effectively guts a law that protected Americans from foreign interests and their propaganda. The new rule assumes that any foreign owner of a TV or radio broadcaster will be acceptable unless someone can prove otherwise.

The FCC claims that under the new rule national security concerns will be reviewed by the proper authorities. Do they mean the same authorities that signed off on the Iran nuclear deal and the Russian uranium purchase? So now, in addition to keeping an eye on terror cells in the U.S., our security agents will be required to follow the money-trail in closed societies like China, Russia and Middle Eastern monarchies to make sure that new station owners are not tied to foreign governments. Really?

Sadly, Congress appears to be content to be left in the dark on the subject.

An example of our blissfully-ignorant Congress was on display a couple of weeks prior to the FCC vote, when the entire FCC commission testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation in a hearing entitled, “Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission.” Even though the FCC had announced it was planning a vote on new foreign ownership rules over a year ago, during a three-hour hearing the subject was never raised by one senator.

Handing over America’s public airwaves to foreign interests by sidestepping longstanding law ought to be something that the Senate “overseers” should be at least curious about, don’t you think?

At the final FCC vote, Commissioner Ajit Pai said the new rule will “give broadcasters greater access to capital.” Accessing capital by selling 100 percent interest in a business? Isn’t that called selling out?

Only in Washington is a going-out-of-business sale called “accessing capital.” If accessing capital is the main issue, I guess by that standard we should repeal the laws that make bank robbery illegal, too. After all, aren’t bank robbers just accessing capital?

No, there is much more at stake here than just capital. It’s called a free and independent press. Thanks to the FCC, soon foreign interests will be able to masquerade as your friendly neighborhood TV or radio station (the national media sold out long ago). And you can count on them waving the American flag as they do it. Remember Al Jazeera America buying Al Gore’s Current TV?

The Wall Street Journal and Reuters have reported extensively on Chinese purchases of movie theater chains and Hollywood production companies, including a current bid to buy Dick Clark Productions. Chinese interests have also leased local underperforming AM radio stations in major U.S. markets such as Washington D.C. Based on the nature of those deals and their financial losses, it is clear that China’s interest in entering the U.S. media market is more to influence public opinion than to turn a profit.

Yet in her attempt to justify the FCC action, Commissioner Rosenworcel said the old laws “were put in place to prevent foreign powers from disrupting ship-to-shore governmental communications during warfare.” She also said, “But just as horses and bayonets are not the tools of modern warfare, the cyber threats we face today are not especially well-guarded by these prohibitions.”

But cyber threats are not the only threats we face. The good old fashioned Cold War tools of warfare called “disinformation” and propaganda have been enhanced by modern technology, not made obsolete by it. Just ask the ISIS fighters who have been recruited by sophisticated Internet videos.

Broadcasting is not just another pipe through which you deliver data. A broadcaster controls the message and the content.

So why did this happen? The current FCC commissioners are mostly lawyers and lobbyists with political connections to both political parties. These political parties depend on financial contributions from major corporations, including media corporations. They want the option of dumping their broadcast properties off on cash-heavy foreign buyers, no matter what impact it has on the public’s right to know.

The system is rigged, even in favor of the foreign interests buying up America.

Jerry Kenney, a television producer from Port Orange, Florida, has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice alleging that foreign channels RT and Al Jazeera have both violated the law by not disclosing in their U.S. propaganda broadcasts that they are agents of foreign powers. He has also alleged violations of FCC rules that have given Al Jazeera and RT access to taxpayer-funded public television stations.

 




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Comments

  • IronChefSandwiches

    What a ridiculous article. If the right wing didn’t have their “The Sky is Falling!” nonsense to keep the rubes all scared, they’d have nothing at all.

  • jug

    Well, at least there is still one thing here that really is ridiculous!
    And that would be ICS!

  • Jackson Savage

    In my opinion, FCC members voting in favor of this insane new rule should be charged, prosecuted, and convicted and punished as “TRATORS”

  • Skip V. Patel

    Under federal regulations an alien may not own more than 20% of a broadcast license. In 1985 Rupert Murdoch became a “U.S. Citizen” and the liberal Aussie has gobbled up American media ever since. (It is sooooooo EASY to control what Americans do or do not “know”!)

    Of course the Red-Chinese and Islamists who run our Strategically Vital ports are another story, to be buried another time.

  • Wayne Petersen

    What we need is a reconstitution of the House Un-American Activities Commission.

  • Wayne Petersen

    Put your head back up tour A**.

  • Skip V. Patel

    If you feel able to trust Islamists, Fascists and Communists with your ability to access the TRUTH, then you must be a very contented person.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    Idiot antithesis. You’ll still be mocking conservatives while the commies are dragging you through the streets.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    I don’t listen to ANY “Islamists, Fascists and Communists”. I don’t know what the hell you’re even talking about. That’s OK, though. Neither do you.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    Great response. Thanks for playing. Moron.

  • mandihandi

    Idiot!

  • M.

    Pay him no mind, not unless you wish to enjoy the ugly little monkey’s antics anyhow. He can be very entertaining. His calling himself a sandwich is indicative of what can be expected from this contemptible simian.

  • Sgt Saunders

    Ship off to Russia and make sandwiches you useless idiot.

  • william mony

    Hillary, shouldn’t you be defending some child rapist or selling the Russians uranium, get off of here

  • gc83

    One need not look further than Obama’s final speech to the UN where he says you need to accept constraints on your Bill of Rights. Take your head out of the sand and listen to what is being said rather than fawn over him in how well he says it.

  • Second Hand Joe

    You’re a fucking idiot and deserve what you get.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    LOL What I’m going to get is at least another four years of a Democrat in the White House and, probably, a Democratic majority in the Senate. So…thanks!

  • Ruben suarez

    They should be charged and convicted however as we see the liberal plan that was put in place 40 years ago coming to fruition with the successful dummifying of America, the successful removal of morality and as we see today even those who say they stand for something voting for liberal criminals its only a matter of time until what happened to Rome happens to America. The spike through the heart will come 11/08 if Hillary is voted in to office. Say good by to America as we knew her.

  • Second Hand Joe

  • Second Hand Joe

    No chance, Comrade Dickbreath.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    LOLOLOLOL You couldn’t grasp reality with two hands.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd
  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    You don’t believe in reality. You don’t believe in absolutes.

  • Cathy Forgy

    WHAT THE HELL!!??!!