publishes news, reviews and guides on issues such as computer hardware and software, science, technology policy, and video gamesyesterday carried an informative and alarming article on another effort, emanating from the National Hispanic Media Coalition, to pave the way for Federal censorship of speech. FCC asked to monitor "hate speech," "misinformation" online By Matthew Lasar
Over thirty organizations want the Federal Communications Commission to open up a probe on "hate speech" and "misinformation" in media. "Hate has developed as a profit-model for syndicated radio and cable television programs masquerading as 'news'," they wrote to the FCC earlier this month.("May not say"( of course, because the Left Thought Police then has the chance to ruin the speaker.)
As for the Internet..."on the Internet, speakers can hide in the cloak of anonymity, emboldened to say things that they may not say in the public eye."
Ars Technica has a full account of the group's arguments, making it clear that they plan to classify any opposition to Hispanic political objectives as "hate"(. It is not impressed
â€¦none of the media targets of these petitions will believe that NHMC doesn't want some kind of direct or indirect regulation, especially if they fear that the materials served up by this inquiry could be used as fodder for advertiser boycotts similar to the one that drove Lou Dobbs from CNN.Ars Technica goes on to deploy more useful arguments of a somewhat wonkish nature.
And why shouldn't they come to that conclusion after they've read this footnote to the Free Press et al (VDARE.com: one of the NHMC members) commentary about making the media more accountable:
"This sort of awareness-raising has worked in the past. On November 11, 2009, under mounting pressure from organizations and individuals across the nation, Lou Dobbs resigned from CNN. Presente.org was one of the key coordinators of the far-reaching BastaDobbs.com effort, collecting over 100,000 signatures from concerned individuals."
The VDARE.com position: It's the Culture, stupid. What is the Hispanic political tradition? From Spain, the Inquisition. From Latin America, human sacrifice as religious observance. Neither conducive to the toleration of free speech and political dissent.