It should be noted that the number 1 contributor to Senator Schumer’s most recent campaign was law firm Paul Weiss which just happens to represent a large swathe of the old media industry. I wonder why the clients of Paul Weiss (who are clients largely because of Paul Weiss’s coziness with politicians) might want reporters to be de facto licensed?
|American Society of Composers,Authors and PublishersApollo Global
Blue Man Group
CorporationCirque du SoleilCitigroup
Home Box Office
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Ina Garten (“The Barefoot Contessa”)
King World Productions
Lincoln Center Theater
Leiber & Stoller
Lincoln Center Theater
Major League Baseball
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
National Football League
|National Music Publishers’ AssociationNelvana Studios
New York City Opera
New York Yankees
The Nielsen Company
The Roundabout Theatre
Shanghai Shendi Group
Time Warner Cable
The Weinstein Company
William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
World Wrestling Entertainment
Draw you own conclusions but let’s just say that many of the clients above are in the information brokering business and they (along with establishment politicians) would love to shut down the new media. It’s a fundraising match made in heaven.
The government (and its partners) do not like the rise of new media. One hears over and over from folks in Washington about the “good old days” when we had more or less official gatekeepers of information and how much better things were then. When the “wise” establishment would tell Americans and the world the official version of events. When Walter Cronkite would literally sign off each newscast with “And that’s the way it is,” and people bought it. It was a time when consumers of news were unsophisticated and easily manipulated. That’s why the politicians (and many old media companies) long for this past time.
Let’s not forget that Diane Feinstein recently said that free speech is a PRIVILEGE not a right. That 1st Amendment thing? Really more of a guideline.
We must fight the effort to restrict speech and the press at every turn. we must never let what Schumer and Feinstein and their cronies want come to pass. Not in this country.
To paraphrase Winston Churchill-
“We shall fight in the Senate. We shall fight in the blogs and on Reddit. We will fight with growing confidence and growing strength in cyberspace. We will defend our Internet. We shall fight in Twitter and on Facebook, in Instagram and Tumblr. We shall fight in the old media. We shall never surrender.”
“Now, you know, you start to put the dots together and the FCC’s recent discussion about placing monitors in newsrooms, you begin to see that this administration wants to control the information that people get and particularly any information that might be critical of them – which is, as you pointed out in the first instance… the function of a free press: to give people unbiased and factual information they can use to make their own decisions, not to collaborate with government in squashing speech that people find unfavorable,”