Thursday, November 18, 2010
Senator Jay Rockefeller, great-grandson of John D. Rockefeller and nephew of David Rockefeller, wants to yank both Fox News and MSNBC off the air.
“There is a bug inside of that wants to get the FCC to say to Fox News and MSNBC… out, off,” he said during a hearing on retransmission negotiations between broadcasters and cable providers. “We have journalism that is always ravenous for the next rumor, but insufficiently hungry for the facts that can nourish our democracy.”
“I hunger for quality news, I’m tired of the right and left,” Rockefeller said.
He failed to mention that both networks are cable television channels and the FCC has little if any regulatory power over their content.
Millions of Americans have tuned out the false right-left paradigm of the corporate-dominated news channels in favor of alternative news sources on the internet. For the establishment, this trend is highly disturbing and must be turned back.
In March of 2009, Rockefeller said the internet is the “number one national hazard” to national security.
“It really almost makes you ask the question would it have been better if we had never invented the internet,” Rockefeller mused during the confirmation hearing of Gary Locke, Barry Obama’s choice for Commerce Secretary. He then cited a dubious figure of three million cyber “attacks” launched against the Department of Defense every day. “Everybody is attacked, anybody can do it. People say, well it’s China and Russia, but there could be some kid in Latvia doing the same thing.”
The former Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell and Obama’s current director Admiral Dennis C. Blair, agreed with Rockefeller about the internet and national security.
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It is not likely the FCC will suddenly move to close down Fox and MSNBC, even if it had the power to do so. Both are prized Operation Mockingbird assets that specialize in disseminating government propaganda and perpetuating “democracy” ruled by bankers and transnational corporations.
Jay Rockefeller is apparently concerned with the tenor, not the content of corporate news. As a blue blood, Rockefeller is irritated by the guttersnipe character of what passes for mainstream news in this country.
Rockefeller’s comments once again demonstrate the arrogance of “elected officials” who believe they have the power to control large corporations like Government Motors and dictate what sort of news and even entertainment Americans should consume.
This article was posted: Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 9:23 am