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Old December 16th, 2016, 09:02 PM   #1
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A War on ‘Fake News’ Part of a War on Free Speech

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One of the most common assaults on the First Amendment is the attempt to force public policy organizations to disclose their donors. Regardless of the intent of these laws, the effect is to subject supporters of controversial causes to harassment, or worse. This harassment makes other potential donors afraid to support organizations opposing a popular war or defending the rights of an unpopular group.

Many free speech opponents support laws and regulations forbidding activist or educational organizations from distributing factual information regarding a candidate’s positions for several months before an election. The ban would apply to communications that do not endorse or oppose any candidate. These laws would result in the only sources of information on the candidate’s views being the campaigns and the media.

Recently the Federal Election Commission (FEC) rejected a proposal to add language exempting books, movies, and streaming videos from its regulations. The majority of FEC commissioners apparently believe they should have the power, for example, to ban Oliver Stone’s biography of Edward Snowden, since it was released two months before the election and features clips of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump discussing Snowden.

The latest, and potentially most dangerous, threat to the First Amendment is the war on “fake news.” Those leading the war are using a few “viral” Internet hoaxes to justify increased government regulation — and even outright censorship — of Internet news sites. Some popular websites, such as Facebook, are not waiting for the government to force them to crack down on fake news.

Those calling for bans on “fake news” are not just trying to censor easily-disproved Internet hoaxes. They are working to create a government-sanctioned "gatekeeper" (to use Hillary Clinton’s infamous phrase) with the power to censor any news or opinion displeasing to the political establishment. None of those wringing their hands over fake news have expressed any concern over the fake news stories that helped lead to the Iraq War. Those fake news stories led to the destabilizing of the Middle East, the rise of ISIS, and the deaths of millions.

The war on “fake news” has taken a chilling turn with efforts to label news and opinion sites of alternative news sources as peddlers of Russian propaganda. The main targets are critics of US interventionist foreign policy, proponents of a gold standard, critics of the US government’s skyrocketing debt, and even those working to end police militarization. All have been smeared as anti-American agents of Russia.

Just last week, Congress passed legislation creating a special committee, composed of key federal agencies, to counter foreign interference in US elections. There have also been calls for congressional investigations into Russian influence on the elections. Can anyone doubt that the goal of this is to discredit and silence those who question the mainstream media’s pro-welfare/warfare state propaganda?

The attempts to ban “fake news;” smear antiwar, anti-Federal Reserve, and other pro-liberty movements as Russian agents; and stop independent organizations from discussing a politician’s record before an election are all parts of an ongoing war on the First Amendment. All Americans, no matter their political persuasion, have a stake in defeating these efforts to limit free speech.

What is that nutbag blathering on about this time?



https://mises.org/blog/war-%E2%80%98...ar-free-speech
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Old December 16th, 2016, 09:18 PM   #2
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I like Watching NFL games but this year I have not watched any football at all. If the NFL accepts protests of the police during the broadcast then I will not watch it.

If Facebook is going to decide what is and what is not news, then I will not log on there either. Its a free country and there are other places to give my attention to. Let the NFL shrink and let Facebook wither away.
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Old December 17th, 2016, 05:17 AM   #3
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It's hard to believe that we now live in a society where there is such abject defense and endorsement for dishonesty and lying.

whew.

Thank you, Mr. Trump, for really elevating this nation's stench immunity.
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Old December 17th, 2016, 05:25 AM   #4
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So identifying bullshit as "disputed" is a threat to free speech?
Identifying donors to political action committees is a threat to free speech?

Free speech is essentially standing on a soap box and speaking your mind.
Part of that is the lack of censorship, but the other part is that the people who hear you, see you and know who you are.
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People like Sabcat simply hate truth in any form, and think lying IS 'free speech'.
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A teacher, a communist and a socialist log onto a thread a defend the big government actions of regimes past being implemented on the societies of today.

Ain't it swell

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He is a Breitbart supporter. He is among those on the right that are now enraged that over 20 years of gains in making the bullshit of which you speak, part of the mainstream message. Years of work, and literally billions of dollars down the drain in a lost cause.

Media is like any library. Their form of media has now been put in the fiction section where it belongs.
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He is a Breitbart supporter. He is among those on the right that are now enraged that over 20 years of gains in making the bullshit of which you speak, part of the mainstream message. Years of work, and literally billions of dollars down the drain in a lost cause.

Media is like any library. Their form of media has now been put in the fiction section where it belongs.
He screams, attempting to remain relevant from the history section.

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He screams, attempting to remain relevant from the history section.

Obama is the first African American President.

His relevance is etched in stone.

The books that will be written on his legacy, that won't be in the fiction sections of Libraries will be read by white supremacists great grandchildren and beyond on the success and popularity of his terms in office.

And because all of those white supremacists will be dead, they will take their place in the ultimate section of irrelevance.

That's gotta hurt.
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Obama is the first African American President.

His relevance is etched in stone.

The books that will be written on his legacy, that won't be in the fiction sections of Libraries will be read by white supremacists great grandchildren and beyond on the success and popularity of his terms in office.

And because all of those white supremacists will be dead, they will take their place in the ultimate section of irrelevance.

That's gotta hurt.
Why would it hurt?

Though, I imagine that it hurts your inability to address the points presented in an OP and just troll on like the little cunt that you are. But then again when one is a cunt as long as you have been one probably gets used to it
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