We are told that the Federal Election Commission is concerned with “dark money” supporting websites. That is a ruse.
The concern fundamentally is that the establishment generally pro-big government media is losing control of the conversation. They can’t control the political narrative anymore. Today there is a counter to NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, PBS, NPR, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. These dying media outlets, controlled by big government folks for the most part, even at and perhaps especially at the corporate level, are leaning on friends in DC to regulate away the competition.
(From The Washington Examiner)
“If you produce a rule that says we are going to start regulating this stuff, including the internet and so on, I think you will see a lot more than 32,000 comments come in and I don’t think staff will analyze them and find that 75 percent are favorable to more regulation,” said Bradley Smith, now with the Center for Competitive Politics.
Democratic Chairwoman Ann Ravel, who called the hearing, has said she wants to regulate politicking on the Internet, though she has pulled back amid a public outcry, especially among conservatives who see her move as a bid to silence center-right websites and Internet based conservative groups and news sites.