OMG Obama! Not the Bloggers!
h/t reader BK
Hey, Obama, my body, my blog, keep your greasy little paws off. It's bad enough OMG Obama's Cybersecurity Act seeks to give the President legal authority to declare a state of emergency on the Internet but this? This is just offensive.
The Hill is reporting that Obama is now “open” to a newspaper bailout. Well, welcome to the state run media.
[I]n a recent appearance with the editors of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Obama seemed to say he’s open to the idea saying, “I haven’t seen detailed proposals yet, but I’ll be happy to look at them.”
Now, let’s be clear, here. Obama did not say he’d support a bailout of the media. He simply paid lipservice to “look at” any such proposal. Obama constantly uses this line without meaning it at all… yes, he’s lied like this before.
However, one other thing he said in the interview with the paper is a frightening [sic].Mr. Obama said he noted the trend. “I am concerned that if the direction of the news is all blogosphere, all opinions, with no serious fact-checking, no serious attempts to put stories in context, that what you will end up getting is people shouting at each other across the void but not a lot of mutual understanding,” the President said.
This is a far different thing than an offhanded claim that he’ll “look at” any newspaper bailout plan. This quote represents a more thought out concept. What Obama is saying here is that he believes the “blogosphere” has “no serious fact-checking.” He is saying that he wants someone to somehow make sure that “facts” are relayed properly. But who should do this? One might presume that he thinks that government should be the media’s fact checker.
This seems a step toward control of the media by government and a bailout would be the first step in that sort of control. After all, once government gives funds government takes control. The question is do Media outlets want the government to tell them what to do? That is what will happen if they take government money, to be sure.
While I'm not entirely sure if Reality Check's take on the matter is appropriate, I don't like to hear this dude mentioning the blogs. You know, personal interest in the matter and all. I've seen his track record thus far and it isn't pretty.
Oh and psst, Reality Check, it isn't government control over the media that you have to worry about. Just sayin.