(In the interest of full disclosure, I acknowledge upfront that a constitutional law professor and unabashed freedom lover wrote the following column.)
NBC pawns off a White House tour as news.
Former journalists, including Linda Douglas, Jay Carney, and Tom Brokaw, are officially on the White House payroll.
ABC provides a valuable prime-time slot so the Obama administration can air a healthcare infomercial.
What’s going on here? An Obama takeover of the media, that’s what.
Just another industry notch in the president’s belt?
Not exactly. This one promises to have a domino effect on civil liberties the likes of which we never have seen.
Why? Because the right of the people to be informed by a free press, i.e., media, is a primary one among our God-given constitutional rights, along with free religious expression, speech, etc.
And to think that some would relinquish this right so willingly.
President Obama wants it all, and he wants it now — the media, that is.
Television networks are his priority because TV is where most folks get their information.
The Fox News Channel has been the lone holdout for the president with its balanced approach, but it pays a price. He avoids granting interview access to Fox, such as appearing on CNBC to discuss his new financial regulations but slighting Fox’s Neil Cavuto.
While on CNBC, he was questioned about his favorable press coverage.
“It's very hard for me to swallow that one,” Obama says. “First of all, I've got one television station entirely devoted to attacking my administration. I mean, you know, that's a pretty . . .”
“I assume you're talking about FOX,” the interviewer interrupts.
“Well, that's a pretty big megaphone,” the president answers. “And you'd be hard-pressed, if you watched the entire day, to find a positive story about me on that front.”
Totally untrue. And totally unchallenged.
The complete lying down on the job of mainstream networks and most cable news channels isn’t good enough for Obama. He wants bootlicking from every single big media player.
This week, as ABC News airs the prime-time special, “Questions for the President: Prescription for America,” in out-and-out brainwashing fashion the American people are denied the whole story.
Even as every news related show on ABC, from “Good Morning America” to “World News Tonight,” pushes the Obama administration's trillion-dollar socialized medicine plan, the network outrageously rejected a 60-second ad for an advocacy group, Conservatives for Patients Rights.
If there were any question whether ABC is avoiding the airing of differing points of view, the network’s refusal to accept the paid advertisement removes all doubt.
In addition, the Disney-owned network also flatly rejected a request from the Republican National Committee.
What we as Americans should be screaming at the top of our lungs is we want a free, unbiased, truth-telling media and we want it now.
If ABC no longer wants to accept its ethical obligations, some folks think it’s time to boycott the network’s advertisers.
Otherwise the federal government won’t be selling just cars. It’ll be peddling the evening news.
James Hirsen, J.D., M.A. in media psychology, is a media analyst, teacher of mass media and entertainment law at Biola University, and professor at Trinity Law School. Visit: Newsmax TV Hollywood:
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