The establishment, especially but not solely the establishment Left, is concerned with the rise of online news. Since the dawn of mass media statists have basically controlled the information outlets. The official narrative was until recently controlled by gatekeepers who usually heralded from the Northeast, went to certain colleges, and had a certain worldview. Anything which contradicted the media consensus narrative could be tossed aside as “outside of the mainstream” and therefore illegitimate.
However, over time a large part of the American people began to see that the story being told on the nightly news (remember the nightly news?) wasn’t exactly straight forward, indeed that there was an agenda being sold. Increasingly people began to reject the official narrative makers.
Then came the talk radio, and after that the Internet. A large part of the American population suddenly heard and read an alternative to the official line which they had long suspected was borderline propaganda. Perspectives were broadened as were debates.
The problem was many of the people who had long relied on the media to reflect their general worldview did not want the debate broadened. That was the last thing they wanted. To limit the debate only to what the establishment wanted to talk about was the goal of controlling the media in the first place. Suddenly there were all these conservatives, and after that libertarians, asking uncomfortable questions. Questions which many in the establishment had thought were long ago put to rest. Stuff which was far beyond the Pale in their opinion.
What do you mean the New Deal was a mistake? What do you mean when you say government must be reduced in size? Are you mad? Bigger government means progress, don’t you know that? I mean that’s what everybody says.
Well not everybody.
With time the alternative voices came to rival, and in many ways surpass the #oldmedia. That’s where we are today and that’s why some on what is called the American Left want to regulate free speech away through the Federal Election Commission. The alternative voices have become too loud. They have become too influential. Time to shut the alternative voices up while it can still be done, the 1st Amendment be damned.
(From The Washington Examiner)
Government officials, reacting to the growing voice of conservative news outlets, especially on the internet, are angling to curtail the media’s exemption from federal election laws governing political organizations, a potentially chilling intervention that the chairman of the Federal Election Commission is vowing to fight.
“I think that there are impulses in the government every day to second guess and look into the editorial decisions of conservative publishers,” warned Federal Election Commission Chairman Lee E. Goodman in an interview.
“The right has begun to break the left’s media monopoly, particularly through new media outlets like the internet, and I sense that some on the left are starting to rethink the breadth of the media exemption and internet communications,”