Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Did Governor Palin just use the word "yahoos" in a recent tweet to describe some members of the media?
Forget freedom of speech and freedom of the press if these yahoos ever get their way in America. It seems... http://fb.me/CLbbf8bf
Indeed she did. And it seems to fit. As she did yesterday, the Governor links to The Daily Caller which has pointed out the despicable behavior of some liberal journalists. Today, they highlight the group's suggestion that the government shut down Fox News. So much for freedom of the press, huh?
Jonathan Strong writes:
The very existence of Fox News, meanwhile, sends Journolisters into paroxysms of rage. When Howell Raines charged that the network had a conservative bias, the members of Journolist discussed whether the federal government should shut the channel down.
“I am genuinely scared” of Fox, wrote Guardian columnist Daniel Davies, because it “shows you that a genuinely shameless and unethical media organisation *cannot* be controlled by any form of peer pressure or self-regulation, and nor can it be successfully cold-shouldered or ostracised. In order to have even a semblance of control, you need a tough legal framework.” Davies, a Brit, frequently argued the United States needed stricter libel laws.
“I agree,” said Michael Scherer of Time Magazine. Roger “Ailes understands that his job is to build a tribal identity, not a news organization. You can’t hurt Fox by saying it gets it wrong, if Ailes just uses the criticism to deepen the tribal identity.”
Jonathan Zasloff, a law professor at UCLA, suggested that the federal government simply yank Fox off the air. “I hate to open this can of worms,” he wrote, “but is there any reason why the FCC couldn’t simply pull their broadcasting permit once it expires?”
And so a debate ensued. Time’s Scherer, who had seemed to express support for increased regulation of Fox, suddenly appeared to have qualms: “Do you really want the political parties/white house picking which media operations are news operations and which are a less respectable hybrid of news and political advocacy?”
But Zasloff stuck to his position. “I think that they are doing that anyway; they leak to whom they want to for political purposes,” he wrote. “If this means that some White House reporters don’t get a press pass for the press secretary’s daily briefing and that this means that they actually have to, you know, do some reporting and analysis instead of repeating press releases, then I’ll take that risk.”
Scherer seemed alarmed. “So we would have press briefings in which only media organizations that are deemed by the briefer to be acceptable are invited to attend?”
John Judis, a senior editor at the New Republic, came down on Zasloff’s side, the side of censorship. “Pre-Fox,” he wrote, “I’d say Scherer’s questions made sense as a question of principle. Now it is only tactical.”
Read the rest here.
Yesterday, their race game tactic was revealed. Today this. These people are more than yahoos (or is that less than?); they are a threat to a free-thinking society and our first Amendment rights and responsibilities.
Once again, thank you, Daily Caller and Governor Palin, for your bold commitment to spreading truth.
UPDATE: In the spirit of spreading truth, the Governor followed up this morning's tweet with another. This time she retweets a link from Mark Levin placing names to the Journolist group.
marklevinshow The list of known members of the left-wing now-defunct JournoList listserv http://fb.me/E3icTBfz
Now that's what I call putting a name to a yahoo.