And you thought Barack Obama wanted to fundamentally change America? How about giving up your right to free speech? How about the government deciding what political speech is acceptable and what isn’t?
If Obama’s former FEC Chairwoman had her way – that’s just what would be going on. Hat tip: Heatstreet & the Washington Examiner:
Speaking at an event called “Future of Democracy,”(how’s that for irony?) former FEC Comish Ann M. Ravel argued the proliferation of “fake news” and political advertising on platforms like Facebook influenced elections. She warned that the lack of disclosure by the creators of these campaigns was becoming a huge problem.
Yes, you heard that right: Speech should not influence an election. It’s just not right and the Federal government should do something about it. I mean, besides have the IRS deny conservatives their civil rights. That’s lightweight stuff.
Ravel says that political speech must be controlled on social media especially, talking in a speech at UC Berkeley, calling for regulations against “fake news.” Oh, boy. Fake – meaning speech she doesn’t agree with of course.
Speaking at a day-long conference hosted by the Brennan Center for Justice, the New York City Campaign Finance Board, and the Committee for Economic Development, she was asked about regulating the internet, Google and Facebook. Ravel said that it would be under the “purview” of the FEC to oversee internet political activities..
She also said it was time to produce “thoughtful policy” targeting internet political activity. She also expressed frustration that her last bid was met with “threatening misogynist responses to me.” The vagina card. What’s that – the queen of clubs in her case?
“Some people are even predicting that by 2020 most of the advertising is going to move from television to the internet, and I think this is a serious issue that requires a lot of discussion,” continued Ravel.
During her tenure as the chairwoman of the FEC, Ravel previously called for right-leaning websites like the Drudge Report to be “regulated,” and blamed hostile responses towards her proposals on “misogyny.” She claimed it was within the purview of the Federal Election Commission to oversee internet political activities, including the airing of political viewpoints.
In 2015, the Democrats tried, but failed to expand the FEC’s regulatory powers to cover social media posts and other forms of political speech on the Internet, which are not subject to the same scrutiny as political advertisements on old media. At the time, liberal watchdogs complained to the FEC with allegations that (then-probable) presidential candidates like Jeb Bush and Martin O’Malley were skirting finance laws to campaign. Conservatives managed to stall the vote, fearing that the additional powers would chill political speech on the Internet.
Since then, Revel has only doubled down. In her speech at UC Berkeley, Revel claimed that companies like Facebook have “no real knowledge” of who sponsors the posts of political viewpoints on their platforms.
“I think this is a really serious issue that we need to address,” she said.
I say we really dodged a bullet getting these commies out of there in the nick of time…
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