Skip to main content

cross posted from DirtyHippies.org

So here I was minding my own business...getting some stuff done for my trip to DC next week when I got an email from someone I know in Rep. Jim McGovern's(MA-03) office: "Can we talk? We've got a hot one for you".  So I picked up my phone curious...and then spent 10 minutes trying not to giggle in anticipation.

This afternoon in the Rules Committee Rep. Jim McGovern testified and is planning to offer an amendment to prohibit any federal funds from being used to advertise on Fox News!

Excerpt from the statement Rep. McGovern made to the Rules Committee (note: I've since been told the prepared remarks may have changed a bit but you get the idea being conveyed):

"Mr. Chairman, this bill is a bad idea.

 We all know what’s going on here.  The reason this bill is before us is that a discredited, right-wing activist recently made a selectively-edited, 11 minute video of a two-hour conversation.  The target of his little sting was a fundraising executive at NPR who no longer works there.

 That executive made what appeared to be disparaging remarks about the Republican Party.  Now, if you look at what he actually said, in full context, it’s clear that he was paraphrasing what other Republicans had said about the direction of the party.

 In any case, there is absolutely no reason to cut off funds for NPR because of this issue.  There is no reason to jeopardize the news and entertainment that millions and millions of Americans rely on and enjoy.

But if you insist on going down this road, Mr. Chairman, then we should be “fair and balanced” in the way we do it.

Over the past several years, it has become clear that the Fox News channel is wildly biased.  They continue to employ a talk show host who called President Obama a racist.  They continue to employ several prospective Republican Presidential candidates as “analysts,” giving them hours and hours of free air time.  And their parent company has donated millions to GOP-linked groups.

My amendment would prohibit federal funds – taxpayer dollars – from being used for advertising on the partisan, political platform of Fox News."

So there you have it.  Finally, our friend @StopBeck is getting some help from DC.  For those that don't know @StopBeck with his legions of friends have just about put the fork in Glenn Beck...no advertisers in the UK for months...over 300 advertisers here in the US stopped dead in their tracks.

And now Rep. McGovern steps up to the plate and hits a home run.  Will the amendment pass? I'd like to dream it would but I'm a realist.  Does it make a statement and help to give the people an actual voice in DC? In the words of she who shall not be named "you betcha (wink)"

UPDATED: We did a short conference call with Rep. McGovern's press secretary.  Not much new to add except that the NPR defunding bill has moved to the floor with no amendments.  

Originally posted to Spedwybabs on Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 01:19 PM PDT.

Also republished by Media Watch.

Poll

How awesome is this?

15%146 votes
21%204 votes
25%242 votes
21%207 votes
10%100 votes
5%55 votes

| 956 votes | Vote | Results

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

claude, RF, Bill in Portland Maine, murphy, samizdat, grollen, teacherken, slinkerwink, glitterscale, tikkun, KingOneEye, saraswati, DebtorsPrison, tommurphy, Shockwave, Fishgrease, donna in evanston, meg, eeff, Mnemosyne, Sandy on Signal, brn2bwild, jancw, Birdman, rasbobbo, raines, kalihikane, AikidoPilgrim, sparko, roses, bobinson, ivote2004, jennifree2bme, itskevin, jalbert, fumie, sidnora, wader, VexingEyes, Getreal1246, danthrax, pat bunny, gmb, Ophelia, dwahzon, Chirons apprentice, liberte, Timbuk3, alizard, ybruti, WV Democrat, mungley, tomjones, NapaJulie, Black Max, solesse413, bay of arizona, Frank Vyan Walton, wolverinethad, Julie Gulden, G2geek, jabney, maybeeso in michigan, bloomer 101, Bluesee, blueyedace2, SherwoodB, Alice Venturi, triciawyse, dewtx, reflectionsv37, boofdah, Pam from Calif, jimstaro, jimreyn, Kayakbiker, markdd, kaliope, Tunk, Savvy813, mph2005, wiscmass, coolbreeze, bunsk, Cory Bantic, Lindy, peacestpete, Snud, begone, snazzzybird, myboo, sherlyle, wahineslc, HoundDog, Prognosticator, Patriot4peace, Lefty Coaster, NBBooks, triv33, birdbrain64, global citizen, erratic, philipmerrill, bubbanomics, nonnie9999, gooderservice, plf515, middleagedhousewife, Cenobyte, IL clb, Unknown Quantity, Timothy J, Clive all hat no horse Rodeo, lynneinfla, Statusquomustgo, Granny Doc, Hedwig, ms badger, markthshark, timewarp, ninkasi23, gloriana, profewalt, terabytes, Uwaine, davehouck, bnasley, puzzled, second gen, mudslide, yella dawg, GeorgeXVIII, JML9999, Empower Ink, jwinIL14, KLS, Mr SeeMore, kingneil, weegeeone, TheFatLadySings, lamzdotes, Thomas Twinnings, elwior, monkeybrainpolitics, Lujane, pamelabrown, Jeff Y, Seamus D, noddem, Gemina13, petulans, Parthenia, Abe Frohman, HarpboyAK, dmhlt 66, lissablack, Aaron Krager, Bule Betawi, McGahee220, DontTaseMeBro, emboyo, litoralis, ceebee7, juca, Stranded Wind, Nebraskablue, Methinks They Lie, Partisan Progressive, DefendOurConstitution, Shelley99, RickinStLouis, smileycreek, brentbent, Renie57, flitedocnm, piers, secret38b, luvsathoroughbred, RJP9999, Eddie L, ItsSimpleSimon, SoonerG, Betty Pinson, roystah, wwjjd, Quantumlogic, TheHalfrican, Onomastic, Cieran, mama jo, the mom in the middle, sboucher, sostos, vahana, BlueJessamine, BlackQueen40, kevin k, trs, Flea, skip945, cama2008, Haf2Read, zukesgirl64, grannysally, Muskegon Critic, dle2GA, muddy boots, KVoimakas, whoknu, Wood Dragon, beforedawn, StateOfGrace, Dbug, jolux, RLMiller, aerie star, Kurt from CMH, DEMonrat ankle biter, ParkRanger, Dom9000, AnnetteK, jacey, piratedan, Cordyc, LefseBlue, AreDeutz, JGibson, Ginger1, Celtic Pugilist, Lh1695, Road Dog, radical simplicity, MartyM, pittie70, GDbot, FrY10cK, Real Fact Bias, dotdash2u, George3

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site