By handling these issues the way he does, Beck unfortunately makes real debate more difficult—though at least millions of Americans now knowsomething about diversity, localism, and net neutrality. Unfortunately, they also “know” that Obama worships Satan, that the Internet is about to become a “public utility,” and that the FCC will shut down conservatives with network neutrality.
Nicely done piece re: the useful idiots I mentioned a couple days ago. Bonus: it even includes some of their comments to the FCC.
UPDATE: It’s quite sad to see Fox start to make this an “us vs the marxists/communists/terrorists/socialists/nazis” thing. Especially when the way they are going about it is to just play word association with their geriatric audience. Those folks don’t understand the Internets as it is, much less a discussion about the technical underpinnings. Beck using this ignorance to tell them the opposite of the truth (in the name of God, no less).
Beck also seems to think that the Republican led FCC was also actually run by marxists/communists/terrorists/socialists/nazis as they are the ones that started to notice that despite “Liberals” being voted into nearly two thirds of both houses of Congress (and then later the Presidency), 91% of political-talk radio was “Conservative”. And it was also controlled by a small group of huge corporations that used economies of scale to crush any competition. This is the result of the 1996 Telecom Act, not the result of the end of the fairness doctrine. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, deregulation leads to consolidation, not competition.
One of the most consistent ways to get a monopoly out of a market is to remove the rules that govern it. Eventually someone “wins”. Which means everyone else loses (in the context of the “market”). We’ve watched the banks do the same thing (deregulate, consolidate, “win”) in much the same time frame.
Now the pendulum is swinging back to rational land, and Beck is there to try and rewind the clock back to crazy-time. I wonder here if he knows he’s lying or has just kept himself ignorant of what the words he uses actually mean.
Actually, to be honest, I don’t really wonder all that much about what actors *really* thinks of politicis, and Beck is an actor extraordinairre. One of the highest paid enteratainers on the planets, thank to media consolidation, Rupert Murdoch, and the FCC rolling back media ownership rules under Bush (they also got a special exemption for News Corp to buy (and destroy) the WSJ).
In other words, when you are chowing down at the trough, you certainly don’t mind lying to your viewers to keep the gravy rolling. *chomp* *chomp* Net Neutrality *chomp* is *gulp* *chow* *chew* *chomp* marxists/communists/terrorists/socialists/nazis *!BUUUURRRRPP!!