This president and his administration have sought to chill dissent. Like the political correctness fanatics which now run our universities (a movement from which Obama it should be noted emerged) who chill speech at every turn in the name of “tolerance and diversity” this president uses similar newspeak when he calls for transparency and “freedom.”
This president is not interested in transparency or freedom. Frankly, most presidents have not been. But Obama appears particularly interested in clamping down on dissent.
That his allies, such as Diane Feinstein in the Senate are actively seeking to limit free speech from that direction is also troubling.
Like his former sponsors in academia Mr. Obama would prefer (it seems) if the spectrum of discussion in this country was limited to a very narrow band of topics. If the people who talk about things outside of the band of approved topics can’t be ridiculed or dismissed with the wave of the teleprompter, Mr. Obama reserves the right to arrest. (Or at the very least intimidate.)
This stands in direct contrast to what I thought America was all about. In fact I have long been under the impression that freedom of thought and speech are the things which fundamentally define the United States.
That we have a president which appears openly hostile to free speech, while also courting members of the press into White House ranks, who produces his own propaganda, who has a de facto minister of information in David Brock the head of Media Matters, is not healthy for our Republic.
In fact it’s pretty damn unhealthy.
The fight for free speech is one which simply cannot be lost.
(From The Associated Press)
“There’s no question that sources are looking over their shoulders,” Michael Oreskes, the AP’s senior managing editor, told Downie. “Sources are more jittery and more standoffish, not just in national security reporting. A lot of skittishness is at the more routine level. The Obama administration has been extremely controlling and extremely resistant to journalistic intervention.”
To bypass journalists, the White House developed its own network of websites, social media and even created an online newscast to dispense favorable information and images. In some cases, the White House produces videos of the president’s meetings with major figures that were never listed on his public schedule. Instead, they were kept secret – a departure from past administrations, the report noted…
…To date, six government employees and two contractors have been targeted for prosecution under the 1917 Espionage Act for accusations that they leaked classified information to the press. There were just three such prosecutions under all previous U.S. presidents.