New Daily Caller Journolist Document Drop: This Time Lefty Crapweasels Discuss Ways To Shut Down Fox News

The first part of the piece by Jonathan Strong deals with our lefty heroes’ rabid dislike for Rush Limbaugh, and the town hall protesters, last summer. We’re  uncouth, and nasty anti-everythings – reminiscent of brownshirts …icky-icky-poo! (Because we all know that the brownshirts represented the out of power minority!) There’s nothing here you haven’t already heard from any garden variety internet troll.

The second half is more ominous because here, they may have had some influence with the White House. Their pig-pile on Fox News foreshadowed the White House’s attacks on Fox News later that Fall:

The very existence of Fox News, meanwhile, sends Journolisters into paroxysms of rage. When Howell Raines charged that the network had a conservative bias, the members of Journolist discussed whether the federal government should shut the channel down.

“I am genuinely scared” of Fox, wrote Guardian columnist Daniel Davies, because it “shows you that a genuinely shameless and unethical media organisation *cannot* be controlled by any form of peer pressure or self-regulation, and nor can it be successfully cold-shouldered or ostracised. In order to have even a semblance of control, you need a tough legal framework.” Davies, a Brit, frequently argued the United States needed stricter libel laws.

Good lord. Fox News doesn’t care if it doesn’t get invited to all the right parties. The horror.

“I agree,” said Michael Scherer of Time Magazine. Roger “Ailes understands that his job is to build a tribal identity, not a news organization. You can’t hurt Fox by saying it gets it wrong, if Ailes just uses the criticism to deepen the tribal identity.”

Tribal identity, really? Conservatives are like a foreign, exotic culture to these misfits.

Jonathan Zasloff, a law professor at UCLA, suggested that the federal government simply yank Fox off the air. “I hate to open this can of worms,” he wrote, “but is there any reason why the FCC couldn’t simply pull their broadcasting permit once it expires?”

And so a debate ensued. Time’s Scherer, who had seemed to express support for increased regulation of Fox, suddenly appeared to have qualms: “Do you really want the political parties/white house picking which media operations are news operations and which are a less respectable hybrid of news and political advocacy?”

But Zasloff stuck to his position. “I think that they are doing that anyway; they leak to whom they want to for political purposes,” he wrote. “If this means that some White House reporters don’t get a press pass for the press secretary’s daily briefing and that this means that they actually have to, you know, do some reporting and analysis instead of repeating press releases, then I’ll take that risk.”

I’m “genuinely scared” that Johnathan Zasloff is a Professor of law with influence over young minds. I have no idea what connections (if any) Zasloff has with the White House, but can it be mere coincidence that in October of ’09, The White House Communications Director, Anita Dunn, led a  broadside against fox news, that seemed organized and calculated to delegitimize the news organization. When the White House tried to exclude Fox from the “Pay Czar” interviews, the WH Press pool came to it’s defense, and the White House blinked. After being called “Nixonian” by not only right of center pundits, but some in the MSM, as well, the White House finally backed off.
Back to the Journolisters:

Scherer seemed alarmed. “So we would have press briefings in which only media organizations that are deemed by the briefer to be acceptable are invited to attend?”

John Judis, a senior editor at the New Republic, came down on Zasloff’s side, the side of censorship. “Pre-Fox,” he wrote, “I’d say Scherer’s questions made sense as a question of principle. Now it is only tactical.”

Back when progs had a monopoly on the news, they were totally against censorship…now that there are competing ideas…. different rules.
Anyway, pssst: The next time some lib disses Fox News, say, “did Jonathan Zasloff tell you to say that?”

Byron York spoke with Rush Limbaugh this morning for his reaction to the latest Journolist revelations: Limbaugh responds to JournoList death wish report
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9 thoughts on “New Daily Caller Journolist Document Drop: This Time Lefty Crapweasels Discuss Ways To Shut Down Fox News

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  3. Signs and portents of a totalitarian government:

    Collect as much data as possible on everybody.
    … Does the government really need to keep a record of everybody’s Body Mass Index?

    Shut down dissent – like Fox News.

    As an aside, “Jonathan Zasloff, a law professor at UCLA, … wrote, “but is there any reason why the FCC couldn’t simply pull their broadcasting permit once it expires?”

    Fox does not have a “permit”. Neither does NBC, CNN, ABC, &c. They have licenses – there’s a difference (which may be slight in effect), and you’d think a Law Professor would know the difference.



    You nailed it. The Red Flags are flying, screaming at us. It won’t just be Fox TV either. Blogs, much like this one, will be yanked and considered a threat to the Federal Apparatus. The United States Constitutuion means absolutely nothing to these marxists, in fact they hate the document. Welcome to the new TYRANNY.


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