Ah, the good old days, when government owned the news!
Andrew Yang is a pip, and he wants to be the Democrats’ 2020 candidate for president. So first he comes out with a scheme to give every person “in” America–we think “in” includes people who are here illegally–$1,000 a month; and now he’s got a plan for the federal government to take over the news industry (https://townhall.com/columnists/terryjeffrey/2019/03/20/a-coming-attack-on-freedom-of-speech-n2543404).
In Russia they called it “Pravda.”
Waxing nostalgic for “the days of three major networks and a few news programs that said the same thing,” Mr. Stalin–er, Yang–wants to lay down “rules” for any news reporting or commentary on the social media, and appoint a commissar–er, “ombudsman”–to “identify sources of spurious information that are associated with foreign nationals.” Uh-huh. There’s that pesky Russian collusion again! Boo-hoo, Hillary shoulda been president!
Where was I? Oh–Mr. Yang says “fake news and misinformation spread via social media threatens to undermine our democracy.” Actually we have a constitutional republic, not a democracy; but don’t tell him that. There’s much too much “fragmentation of media,” he says, so we’ve got to “re-unify the media.”
What planet is he on? Well, you can never have too much censorship, can you? There should be no news outlets friendly to conservatism, to Donald Trump, or to anything or anyone else that Mr. Yang and his Far Left playmates don’t endorse.
He has also proposed to create a billion-dollar fund of government money for “local journalism.” Journalism that the government likes will be rewarded. It’s sort of a plan for the government to buy the subservience of journalism–not that there’s all that much “journalism” out there that isn’t already abjectly subservient to the Democrat Party.
Man, I’m tired of covering this nooze. Is there any Democrat out there who’s not crazy? Who’s not a flaming communist? Who’s not trying to turn this country into a Venezuela with cold winters? Oh, there are–only they’re just invisible and silent?
Imagine waking up in the kind of America they’re trying to create.
How anybody but a lunatic, a fool, or a villain can vote for any of this stuff is way beyond me.