FEC Chairman Warns Of Forthcoming Government Media Censorship

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

When I first read this story I wasn’t sure whether to highlight it or not. While the claims made by Federal Elections Committee (FEC) Chairman Lee E. Goodman are extraordinarily frightening, sometimes people with strong partisan leanings can exaggerate threats and so I like to be careful. I’m not certain if this is the case with Mr. Goodman, but since it is his word against other folks at the FEC and I don’t work there, it’s hard to know what the true state of affairs is.

Nevertheless, the fact that Ajit Pai, a commissioner at the FCC, recently warned in a Wall Street Journal editorial of government plans to “monitor” media organizations, makes me concerned enough to post on it. I highlighted the Ajit Pai editorial back in February in my post: The Obama Administration Plans to Embed “Government Researchers” to Monitor Media Organizations.

As far as the Goodman comments, The Washington Examiner reports that:

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,” he added.


Noting the success of sites like the Drudge Report, Goodman said that protecting conservative media, especially those on the internet, “matters to me because I see the future going to the democratization of media largely through the internet. They can compete with the big boys now, and I have seen storm clouds that the second you start to regulate them, there is at least the possibility or indeed proclivity for selective enforcement, so we need to keep the media free and the internet free.”


“The picking and choosing has started to occur,” said Goodman. “There are some in this building that think we can actually regulate” media, added Goodman, a Republican whose chairmanship lasts through December. And if that occurs, he said, “then I am concerned about disparate treatment of conservative media.”

The main issue I have with Mr. Goodman’s comments is that he frames them in a very partisan manner. Sure, I don’t doubt that the current state of affairs might have the FEC concerned about the threat posed by conservative media, but in ten years who knows, it could be the reverse. The key here is that media, in particular the internet, must be kept free and open. The internet is what allows an individual like me, armed with only a computer and an internet connection, to reach thousands of people per day on a shoestring budget. This is a revolution in humankind and must be preserved at all costs.

Full article here.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
DeadFred's picture

The end is not upon us until they control the internet and disarm the vets.

90's Child's picture

The 4th branch of the government bitchez.


The new age is upon us
And yet the past refuses to rest in its shallow grave
For those who hide behind the false image of the son of man
shall stand before God!!! It has begun
The beginning of the end
Yeah... yeah, yeah

[Verse 1]
The voice of racism preaching the gospel is devilish
A fake church called the prophet Muhammad a terrorist
Forgetting God is not a religion, but a spiritual bond
And Jesus is the most quoted prophet in the Qu'ran
They bombed innocent people, tryin' to murder Saddam
When you gave him those chemical weapons to go to war with Iran
This is the information that they hold back from Peter Jennings
Cause Condoleeza Rice is just a new age Sally Hemmings
I break it down with critical language and spiritual anguish
The Judas I hang with, the guilt of betraying Christ
You murdered and stole his religion, and painting him white
Translated in psychologically tainted philosophy
Conservative political right wing, ideology
Glued together sloppily, the blasphemy of a nation
Got my back to the wall, cause I'm facin' assassination
Guantanamo Bay, federal incarceration
How could this be, the land of the free, home of the brave?
Indigenous holocaust, and the home of the slaves
Corporate America, dancin' offbeat to the rhythm
You really think this country, never sponsored terrorism?
Human rights violations, we continue the saga
El Savador and the contras in Nicaragua
And on top of that, you still wanna take me to prison
Just cause I won't trade humanity for patriotism

It's like MK-ULTRA, controlling your brain
Suggestive thinking, causing your perspective to change
They wanna rearrange the whole point of view of the ghetto
The fourth branch of the government, want us to settle
A bandana full of glittering, generality
Fighting for freedom and fighting terror, but what's reality?
Read about the history of the place that we live in
And stop letting corporate news tell lies to your children

[Verse 2]
Flow like the blood of Abraham through the Jews and the Arabs
Broken apart like a woman's heart, abused in a marriage
The brink of holy war, bottled up, like a miscarriage
Embedded correspondents don't tell the source of the tension
And they refuse to even mention, European intervention
Or the massacres in Jenin, the innocent screams
U.S. manufactured missles, and M-16's
Weapon contracts and corrupted American dreams
Media censorship, blocking out the video screens
A continent of oil kingdoms, bought for a bargain
Democracy is just a word, when the people are starvin'
The average citizen, made to be, blind to the reason
A desert full of genocide, where the bodies are freezin'
And the world doesn't believe that you fightin' for freedom
Cause you fucked the Middle East, and gave birth to a demon
It's open season with the CIA, bugging my crib
Trapped in a ghetto region like a Palestinian kid
Where nobody gives a fuck whether you die or you live
I'm tryin' to give the truth, and I know the price is my life
But when I'm gone they'll sing a song about Immortal Technique
Who beheaded the President, and the princes and sheiks
You don't give a fuck about us, I can see through your facade
Like a fallen angel standing in the presence of God
Bitch niggaz scared of the truth, when it looks at you hard

It's like MK-ULTRA, controlling your brain
Suggestive thinking, causing your perspective to change
They wanna rearrange the whole point of view in the ghetto
The fourth branch of the government, want us to settle
A bandana full of glittering, generality
Fighting for freedom and fighting terror, but what's reality?
Martial law is coming soon to the hood, to kill you
While you hanging your flag out your project window

The fourth branch of the government AKA the media
Seems to now have a retirement plan for ex-military officials
As if their opinion was at all unbiased
A machine shouldn't speak for men
So shut the fuck up you mindless drone!
And you know it's serious
When these same media outfits are spending millions of dollars on a PR campaign
To try to convince you they're fair and balanced
When they're some of the most ignorant, and racist people
Giving that type of mentality a safe haven
We act like we share in the spoils of war that they do
We die in wars, we don't get the contracts to make money off 'em afterwards!
We don't get weapons contracts, nigga!
We don't get cheap labor for our companies, nigga!
We are cheap labor, nigga!
Turn off the news and read, nigga!
Read... read... read...

TeamDepends's picture
Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Isn't Keynesian Slim a Constitutional scholar?  Oh well, this is where the Second Amendment comes in.

NoDebt's picture

Wait, wait, wait.  How old is this story?  I feel like we heard about all this 3 months ago, but with the FCC putting "monitors" into broadcast news and newspapers.  Is this the same thing but coming from the FEC now?

I'm missing something here.

CH1's picture

And yet protection - some of which is even free - is just too much trouble.

Instead, they will complain to Daddy Guv, that he should do it for them.

Sheep get sheared.

Libertarian777's picture

i think media outlets need umm.. free speech zones bitchez...


w1LE.e's picture

All...Helll....Can't stop us now!

Ignatius's picture

Corporate media monopoly, not a 'left' media monopoly.

They are adept at using left themes ("we're gonna help you") while they help themselves.

ObummerCare is a perfect example of this phenomenon.

chemystical's picture

Oy, another Hebe running a Federal office.  Shocked.

Seize Mars's picture


Once I would have said you were being bigoted. But you know there is a saying, "Once is and accident, twice is a coincidence, three times is enemy action."

Anyone trying to disarm you is trying to kill you.


chemystical's picture

"Once is and accident, twice is a coincidence, three times is enemy action"

When we find that 1.7% of the population is over-represented in the halls of our lords by factors of 10, 20, and 30, then it's not a coincidence; it's a cohencidence.

If African-Americans were over-represented in the halls of the vichy federal government to even half the extent, then America would thought it woke up in Zimbabwe.  And rightly so.  But don't dare suggest that we fell asleep and woke up in Tel-Aviv. 

Those who don't know or remember history are....

...likely to have been raised in an environment where jews kontrol the information.

Call me a bigot all day.  Doesn't change the truth one iota.

Cloud9.5's picture


I have a theory.  The Jews went for broke against the Roman Empire and wound up committing suicide at Masada.  They renounced resistance and became passive. In their minds, suffering the occasional pogrom was acceptable to facing a mass suicide brought on by resistance.  They chose the path of least resistance and went along to get along.  They ingratiated themselves into the existing state.  They convinced themselves that through cleverness the group could avoid the excesses of the state.  So, they became enablers of the state, seeking to have some control over the levers of state power.  Sometimes they enabled totalitarian regimes.   The funny thing is, if Jews had not cooperated so willingly with the Nazis, many more millions of them would still be alive.  Those that came out of that experience had the smell of death all over them and vowed never again.  Many of those people immigrated to Palestine.  As a result, the I.D.F. is one of the best in the world.


American Jews have only read about the holocaust.  For them it is a concept and a mechanism to claim victim status.  They have deluded themselves into thinking that the genocide in Germany was a one off occurrence brought on by an exceptionally evil individual.  They close their eyes to the overwhelming evidence that genocide is endemic to our species.  Those that push disarmament of the populace are of the same ilk that made up the Jewish Council in Warsaw.  In an effort to placate the Nazis, the Rabbis unknowingly urged their own people to get on the trains to Auschwitz.   


Jews are overwhelmingly Democrats.  So are Muslim Americans.  There is a great schism brewing in the Democratic Party.  While Jews hold many of the positions of power within the party, many below them do not share their views. They would be wise to listen to the language of Louis Farrakhan and understand that he speaks for millions that are seething in the masses below them.


As oil supplies continue to decline and economies continue to unwind, we will at some point revert to tribalism.  I suggest that Mr. Putin is an indication of that resurgence.  Jews in American are not immune to this reversion.  They would be wise to be well armed and vigilant.  Unfortunately, history will repeat itself and many full of hope will willingly disarm themselves and get on the next train to Auschwitz.   


Lost Word's picture

But Goodman is Conservative ?

Tom_333's picture

And yet...why I am not surprised....?

How did it come to this that the once existing republic was overrun and infested with Trotskyites? Their agendas are exactly as bad or worse as you fear in your worst moments.

Tom_333's picture

I said Trotskyite...no reference to ethnic groups at all. Why the downvote ? Really...this is getting spooky. The amount of directed abuse being heaped upon  a country formerly known as the republic.

Blano's picture

It's gone on for decades, but slowly, so few would notice.  Unfortunately I believe they reached the tipping point in this country before enough people woke up, in turn eliminating any peaceful solution.

Joebloinvestor's picture

When they confiscate HAM radios, you know they are serious.

Lost Word's picture

When they require remote control "kill" switches in smart phones,

you know they are serious.

Lost Word's picture

Have you seen the news stories about cops confiscating video phones

from people video photographing cops


"they might be a gun" ?

Yes, you can "shoot" video with a video phone.

sylviasays's picture
ALERT! California Democrat controlled Senate approves smartphone ‘kill-switch’ bill. Weeks after killing legislation to require the anti-theft technology in all new smartphones, the Democrats in the California Senate on Thursday passed a revised version of the bill as tech giants Apple and Microsoft dropped their opposition.



lakecity55's picture

Just wait about 6 to 12 months.

This site, and many others will vanish/404.

Then the killing starts.

midtowng's picture

A couple years ago Republicans were panicking about the government returning to the Fairness Doctrine.

garypaul's picture

"Government officials are...angling for censorship"

Just give us some names please.

pcrs's picture

All taken care of with net neutrality which is the state camel's nose under the proverbial tent. 

It mandates ISP to pass legal content.

This translates in time to:

illegal content must be banned by ISP's

chemystical's picture

"This translates in time to: illegal content must be banned by ISP's"

and the State decides what's illegal.  Gee, what a cohencidence.

Max Cynical's picture
Web host gives FCC a 28.8Kbps slow lane in net neutrality protest

"Since the FCC seems to have no problem with this idea, I've (through correspondence) gotten access to the FCC's internal IP block, and throttled all connections from the FCC to 28.8kbps modem speeds on the Neocities.org front site, and I'm not removing it until the FCC pays us for the bandwidth they've been wasting instead of doing their jobs protecting us from the 'keep America's internet slow and expensive forever' lobby," NeoCities creator Kyle Drake wrote yesterday."

Lots of commenters suggesting the big players i.e. Google, Microsoft, Facebook, etc...should throttle any .gov address to get their attention about interfering.


Lost Word's picture

One web page about this slow lane

gave a link for the source code he used to create the slow lane for the FCC.

FanOfAnn's picture

If you don't think this guy is posistioning himself for a third term, your crazy. 

SilverIsMoney's picture

Everyone said the same thing about Bush...

greatbeard's picture

>> Everyone

Not everyone.  Lefties said that.  Righties were just fine with his shenanagans.  Now righties are saying that about O and the left is just fine with his shenanigans.  It works like a charm.

When the results are the same, election after election, there is no need for a third term.  Whoever follows O, whether D or R, the process will continue on schedule and accelerate accordingly. 

Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

Exactly. That is also why those at the very top or what goes as the Republican Party these days would prefer Obama over Ron Paul or anyone like him. The status quo continues. The people with real power don't really care if its Billary or Jeb bush, the important stuff stays the same. There was no reason for bush to need a third term, nor is there any reason for Obama to, since whoever replaces them will keep doing Te same shit. Trying to get one of them a third term or president for life is pointless, and doing so would risk unnecessarily riling up all the serfs. Letting the serfs think they really have a choice in anything is their best option. If people need further proof, I just point out the silence of the anti-war left in the past few years. It was hilarious watching the people on msnbc trying to defend Obamas attempts to get a war with Syria, after spending the last 8 years calling bush a war criminal for doing the same shit. And all the conservative talking heads suddenly remembering the constitution and bill of rights after ignoring bush's various violations of them are no better. Different wings of the same bird

Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

Explain yourselves, down voters. Tell me what I said that was wrong.

Tulpa's picture

You have a bit of selective memory going on.  The right turned on Bush after he pushed for amnesty for illegals and certainly after he signed TARP.

Lost Word's picture

The true right or the tea party right, yes,

but the establishment pretend right RINO's supported amnesty and TARP.

Tulpa's picture

LOL.  Good luck to BO pulling that off, with not only the GOP but Hillary Clinton screaming bloody murder if he tried.

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

How can an individual appropriately oppose this brazen effort to contravene the freedom of speech and press?

kill switch's picture

Another fucking slippery slope in the Fascist States of America

lakecity55's picture





Smegley Wanxalot's picture

Any wonder why I would laugh my ass off if some terrorist org nuked DC and everyone on that tyrannical dump fried?  I don't advocate it, but I would laugh if it occurred.

RichardParker's picture

Now why the hell would someone nuke their bosses? If the US government takes these terror organizations off of the payroll, then they might get really pissed.  That's probabaly the only way something like that would happen to DC.


I wouldn't worry too much about any of that ever happening...

OC Sure's picture




Words are the tools of thought.

The purpose of thinking is to act.

Control the words, control the actions.

Control the actions, decrease the freedom and increase the tyranny or:

increase the freedom and decrease the tyranny.


Don't be sedated by the terms of tyranny and tell two friends to tell two friends the same. 





Zirpedge's picture

Our nervous system is all electrical impusles. Salt water is a decent conductor, much better than unsalted. Stay salty my friend.

Seize Mars's picture

LOL, yeah the whole thing is crashing right in front of our eyes.

Keep pushing you morons. I wonder if this could ever blow up on you? Ha, ha!

Or to quote Princess Leia, "The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers."

Bollixed's picture

Just like a peeled banana. Or a Banana Republic in this case.

CharliePrince's picture

The Obama Administration Plans to Embed “Government Researchers” to Monitor Media Organizations.

this will be a 250k a year job to surf the net . I was going to apply to the sec

but this sound easier...good government at work ,not waste full at all

Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

Just be careful what Internet content you are looking at. Apparently 6 hours of porn a day is ok, but I wouldn't push my luck with 7 hours, just in case

Lost Word's picture

That was the time, six hours a day, an EPA official admitted to doing at his office.