4/17/09

Pravda

Obama appointee suggests radical newspaper bailout

During the Cold War, Pravda was the notorious mouthpiece, the state newspaper, of the Soviet Union's government and Communist Party. The state controlled Pravda - which means 'Truth' - as well as every other news media outlet in the Soviet Union.

As most of us know, the print media, particularly the newspapers, are having a rough time of it. Many large dailies have closed down. Look at Rocky Mountain News as but one example.

So there has been talk of Federal bailouts for newspapers. Most people don't think much of that, especially after it has become apparent that by taking the Federal funding, the government gets to dictate who is going to run the company, and how much everyone in the company is going to be paid. That's what happened at General Motors. It's one big reason why so many banks are refusing bailout money, and in some cases, giving it back to the government.

Now we have an Obmanian suggesting that the newspapers be bailed out. Moreover, she suggests that news media be licensed by the Federal government.

That is from Rosa Brooks, an 'influential Los Angeles columnist'. You would think someone who professes to be a journalist would know better, but apparently Brooks is one of those who would love to gag Limbaugh, Coulter (both of whom are arguably whackjobs, but hey, they do provide entertainment) as well as anyone else who thinks the Obamanians are not all that and a bag of chips. Like us here at Blogger Central.

"The day that the government gets involved in the news media you see the end of the democratic process, because an independent news media is absolutely essential to the success of a democracy," said L. Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center, a conservative watchdog group.

Bozell said licensing journalists would violate American traditions and was a form of "intellectual prostitution."

"Since when did our Founding Fathers envision that ... you could exercise your right to freedom of speech provided you had a license from the federal government? This is the kind of stuff you have revolutions about," he told FOXNews.com.


Yep. That's a fact.

What's next? The La Junta Pravda-Democrat? I expect some people would really love that.

Where does Obama find these characters?