The moves that were openly discussed under Obama to have the FEC censor Drudge are still going on.
At the same time that the deep state insists that Russia interfered in our national election, they also still discuss how they can more effectively interfere in our election by having the FEC censor Drudge and other alternative news sources. We were given reason to hope that they had given up that dream, but the Democrats are still trying to make it happen.
The Washington Examiner reports, “FEC war on Drudge, internet, goes ‘underground.’”
Democratic efforts on the Federal Election Commission to punish media and stifle voices like the Drudge Report and Fox are going “underground” after failing in public, according to the agency’s outgoing defender of media and digital outlets.
“The debate has gone underground, it has not ceased,” said Lee Goodman, who fought off several attempts to stifle outlets like Fox, Drudge and conservative media including film makers.
“The desire to regulate Americans’ political speech on the internet remains alive and well here at the commission and now even in Congress,” added Goodman, whose last day on the FEC is Friday.
Goodman pointed to efforts by FEC Democrats to change long-standing media exemptions to fines and even criminal charges. In two recent cases he cited, the Democrats proposed those changes then waived imposing punishments.
But by moving to change the rules the FEC operates under, the Democrats tried to open the door to future legal sanctions on media, he said.
In a memo about a recent case, for example, Goodman said that Democrats Ellen Weintraub and Steven Walther wanted to upend a long-standing practice of not holding media outlets responsible when political campaigns and advocates fail to include in ads the required disclaimer stating who paid for the ad.
In that case, two anti-Hillary Clinton ads were run in an Ohio newspaper, the Chesterland News, that did not carry the required disclaimer. FEC lawyers recommended no action against the paper, citing precedent that the person placing ads is responsible.
Remember also, it wasn’t that long ago that Drudge was accused of helping Russia. So that will add to the mandate to restrain him.
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