DEMS WANT YOUR LIBERTY: Reject Movement to Protect Internet News, Talk Radio from Gov’t Regulation

So, guess we can kiss freedom of speech and press goodbye? Sure looks that way. And you know if Hillary is president, this is pretty much a guarantee.

By Paul Bedard

In the latest partisan escalation on the Federal Election Commission, a top Democratic commissioner has ripped a Republican commissioner’s bid to protect books, radio and Internet media from regulation as “pitiful.”

Ann Ravel, a former FEC chairwoman, joined other Democrats at a meeting this month to block Republican Lee Goodman’s proposal to explicitly expand the “press exemption” from regulations to books, satellite radio and Internet-based news media.

In pushing his plan aside, Ravel said that she didn’t have enough time to consider Goodman’s proposal.

Goodman noted that the proposal has been under consideration for a while.

That prompted Ravel to mock that Goodman’s public argument was meant to feed a story to the Washington Examiner, which has covered his concerns that FEC Democrats are trying to regulate conservative media, especially news outlets and news aggregators like the Drudge Report that are online.

“I presume you’re just trying to utilize this argument for theWashington Examiner,” she said.

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