Conservative media, Drudge, Hannity under attack from FEC, Cumulus

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May 8, 2014 No Comments ›› admin

by Lynn Woolley

Officials within our government are not happy with the rise of conservative media. More likely than not, that includes President Obama and his inner circle. Remember, at the recent White House Correspondents’ Obama cracked a mild joke about liberal MSNBC, but referred to FOX News as a shady operation:

“The Koch brothers bought a table here tonight, but as usual they used a shadowy right-wing organization as a front. Hello, Fox News! Let’s face it, Fox. You’ll miss me when I’m gone. It will be harder to convince the American people that Hillary was born in Kenya.”

It was all in fun. But it really wasn’t. President Obama despises FOX News as do most Washington liberals and would like to see it taken down peg – along with the Drudge Report, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and conservative websites like WBDaily.com. With the FAIRNESS DOCTRINE essentially gone, the government could work to bring it back – or change rules at the Federal Election Commission (FEC) that would do great damage to political freedom of speech.

The warning comes from FEC Chairman Lee E. Goodman, a Republican, who has provided the Washington Examiner with examples of attempted votes to lift a long-standing media exemption that allows political outlets (including news organizations that are protected by the First Amendment) to interview and promote candidates as they see fit. Sean Hannity has recently discussed his legal problems with government harassment, and he was a target of the FEC votes, along with Citizens United and its movie division.

There are other examples of anti-conservative bias.

Rep, Mike Rogers (Photo: FOX News)

Rep, Mike Rogers (Photo: FOX News)

U.S. Representative Mike Rogers, who will replace the failed Mike Huckabee on Cumulus radio stations, has lashed out at Hannity and Rush Limbaugh. The retiring chair of the House Intelligence Committee says listeners to those two talk shows do not learn anything. Rogers says there is room for “a more productive, you-might-actually-learn-something kind of talk radio.” This appears to be what Cumulus wants.

CEO Lew Dickey reportedly told Rogers that Cumulus was looking for “someone more moderate and not as fierce” — like Huckabee, who failed in less than a year. And there are questions now being raised about the ratings on Cumulus’ talk stations where some well-entrenched, highly rated hosts were let go when the Dickey Brothers took over.

It is not likely that Rogers will last much more than a year. “Moderate” radio has yet to find a voice in any market of any size.

Meanwhile, HGTV just found out that twins who star in the series “Flip It Forward” might be openly Christian. The show has been cancelled after a liberal group called “Right Wing Watch” reported that one of the hosts, David Benham, had led a prayer rally outside the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte during which he spoke out against homosexuality. The brothers are also accused of leading protests against abortions. We simply can’t have people like that appearing on HGTV.

Or anywhere else, if this administration gets its way. In Russia, Vladimir Putin controls newspapers and television. He has just signed a law that forces internet bloggers to register with the government. How is that so different from what is happening in America?

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