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Jesus Christ, Abolish the FCC Already

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Just fuck off, already

From The Hill:

Federal Communications Commissioner Michael Copps made a case for a government hand in media policy in a speech to the FCBA on Tuesday.

"The commission can act now. It should have acted on the media before now. I am disappointed that it has not," he said.

The decline of "real journalism" justifies federal involvement, according to Copps. "The news is suffering from a bad case of substance abuse," he said.

The Democratic commissioner pointed to Fox News' Bernie Goldberg and Bill O'Reilly as examples of the problem with today's media landscape, saying the pair has taken his own words out of context.

"What you and I are getting these days is too much opinion based on opinion and too little news based on fact," Copps said.

The key going forward, according to Copps, is "making sure there is media about, and originating from, the local communities a station serves." […]

The commissioner also reiterated his call for a "Public Value Test" as part of the broadcasting license renewal, a process controlled by the FCC.

We have, as a country, tolerated the multiple infringements on "Congress shall pass no law" for far too long. No government official should ever be in the business of enforcing quality of journalism, and when one tries, he–and the agency he represents–should be run out of Washington on a rail. This is appalling on every level, and the fact that there's a journalistic constituency for it–read this awful commencement speech last year by Columbia Journalism School Dean and New Yorker essayist Nicholas Lemann for a taste–makes me deeply ashamed of my chosen profession.

Link via the Volokh Conspiracy. Reason on the FCC here, and on the truly awful Michael Copps here.

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144 responses to “Jesus Christ, Abolish the FCC Already

  1. FCC censored

    1. You’re the worst character ever, Towelie.

      1. Don’t forget to bring a towel!

        1. No, you’re a towel!

      2. Hey, anyone wanna get high?

        1. we are.

  2. I can think of lots of reasons you should be deeply ashamed of your chosen profession, Matt, most of them having to do with the right-wing propaganda rag you write for. Good luck with those donations.

    1. Who knew Michael Copps read H&R?

    2. Has “Max” finally molted?

      1. It’s always an exciting day when Maxward picks a new name.

        1. Isn’t John Gray the guy who wrote those men-are-from-mars-women-are-from-venus books?

          1. No, no. He was that X-Man who threw shit with his mind.

          2. Might be this John Gray. If so, that’s hilarious.

            1. Straw Dogs is based on a keen, crucial insight – the fact that if men and women really did behave like wild animals, their existence would be a lot less bloody and precarious than it is.

              I couldn’t finish the review, why bother after this gem?

    3. Reason is right wing? I’ve been subscribing for ten years and just now find this out? I’m canceling my subscription. It was much better with Postrel at the helm anyway. Hitler.

      1. SLOW DOWN, I can’t play the drinking game that fast unless I’m prepared ahead of time.

    4. Well, that’s just unreasonable…

  3. Yes yes. And all those people practicing bad journalism just happen to be on the network most unfavorable to your boss. Complete coincidence, I’m sure.

    1. Fortunately he called out O’Reilly. This had the potential to be another bipartisan screwjob of everyone else not affiliated with the annointed Two-Parties party. If he had pointed to Beck or the Judge, then we’d be the only ones discussing this right now.

      1. He’s a bad journalist/opinion commentator? Gee, I didn’t know bad people got to be #1 in ratings.

  4. Michael Copps believes that reporters should be banned from the airwaves for spreading the malicious lies that he wants to ban reporters from the airwaves.

  5. “making sure there is media about, and originating from, the local communities a station serves.” […]

    That’s interesting. What’s more interesting is he mentions Fox. What is the most interesting is that of the 4 major networks(NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX) only one has only local nightly news and no national nightly news and no national morning show for that matter. (on the tried and true old school FCC ruled airwaves, read not cable) I’ll give you one guess what network that is. So who is more local again Mr. Copps? (an oddly appropriate name)

    Fucking moron.

    1. Mr. Copps and his administration should love the fact that one network using the free government owned airwaves, the ones the poor oppressed people of the US can use without paying an evil cable provider, is focusing on local news more than anyone else…

      Fuck me the cognitive dissonance must be deafening inside that bald massive, and most likely empty, head.

    2. One more thing!!

      I don’t have a set of data, but anecdotally I’m pretty sure local FOX stations do more local cut-ins to bring local news (usually stupid shit) than most stations. The phrase “News. You make it, we break it” is pretty much a running joke among employees of two FOX affiliates that I know of.

  6. “What you and I are getting these days is too much opinion based on opinion and too little news based on fact,” Copps said.

    That sounds like too much opinion. Let’s regulate Copps’ speech.

    1. You can’t use their own arguments against them. Not fairsies!

  7. Wow, Matt, you’re already at 50% douchebags complaining that you’re some kind of right wing shill. It might be 75% if I could understand what Orin was talking about, but I can’t.

    Congratulations. What did you link to to deserve such stellar commenters?

    1. They hate his glasses.

      1. That’s funny, because I hate his glasses. No offense, Matt, but my high school physics teacher had those exact glasses, and he made us watch a 2 hour slide show on his drive from Washington to Alaska. I still remember all the broken fan belts–good thing he brought lots of extras!

        I can never forgive the glasses.

        1. You talking about the Mississippi Burning/Goldwater specs or the Raybans with the brownish frames? The former (which I adored) were lost three years ago; I don’t much like the latter.

          1. You should totally let us help you pick out your next pair of frames. Give us some options and let us vote. We haven’t had a poll in forever.

            1. Us? Just drop a line to Sir Elton, he’ll steer you straight (or not).

              1. SUGARFREE WANT POLL!

          2. The Raybans. Go DKNY next time, Matt. Trust me; you’ll be happy about it.

          3. I think you should choose some frames from the the Mo Rocca collection. (giggle)

            1. As long as you’re not offering something from Mo Green’s eyeglasses collection.

        2. My HS physics teacher had a combover so bad the part started 1/2 inch above his right ear.

          1. This guy had the glasses and a buzzcut and a pocket protector, and he used phrases like “12 what? 12 alligators? 12 doughnuts? You always have to state the unit. It’s 12 meters.”

            I had him for 2 years. Brutal.

            1. Ours was old and hunched over and was a dead ringer for The Good Magician Humphrey. He mumbled to himself and smelled like a mummy’s fart.

              1. A Zanth reference?! NICE 😀

              2. Did he have a brother? That sounds remarkably like my erstwhile Prob/Stat teacher. Except mine had palsy in his right arm and had a habit of getting chalk all over his face.

            2. Mr Woody. Eighth grade math class. That really was his name. He made a whistling noise when he spoke, and looked like the combination of Mister Rogers and a really square guy.

              He liked to pace through the rows. One day he picked up my math notebook, and flipped through it. I had doodled drawings from Heavy Metal magazine and Iron Maiden album covers and quotes from the Doors in the side margins all over the place. I’ll never forget his words. “What’s this crazy stuff?”

            3. What’s a meter? Is that one of them there Eurotrash units that don’t fit right?

  8. Is that really a picture of Copps? If so, I can see why he’s mad at the media for taking his photos out of context to portray him as a creepy sexual predator.

    1. Two of his heads would make quite an ass.

      1. A mere two assed hoomon? Useless.

    2. He does look like he’d enjoy a frenzied corpse raping.

      1. SOMEONE SAY RAPE? STEVE SMITH ENJOY FRENZIED CORPSE RAPING!!

        1. You are NOT invited to my funeral.

    3. With a pair of glasses, he might be named coach of the Vikings.

    4. He looks like Martin Landau on a bender after he stuck his head inside an industrial pencil sharpener.

  9. since when has Bill O’Reilly’s show been considered “news”? It’s an opinion show. Copps needs to hang himself.

    1. When flipping through the guide on my cable box it would describe Glenn Beck as “radio talk show offers his perspective on the day’s news” or something like that, while Kieth Olberf?hrer’s program was described as “a countdown of the top ten news stories of the day”.

      That’s right, the jock-sniffer’s program was described as news.

      I suppose if someone thinks that Kieth’s Countdown was news, they might think the same of the Fox Leprechaun.

      1. That’s one big ass Leprechaun.

    2. Re: Matrix,

      since when has Bill O’Reilly’s show been considered “news”?

      Not only that, Matrix – why would that even be relevant? The FCC can’t regulate cable news, so why mention it? There’s something more shady here that meets the eye – perhaps a takeover of cable by the FCC, which would go very beyond the scope of its power?

      1. And someone gets the prize… Now extrapolate that to what they can regulate and the landscape of that market in the context of Copps words. Or scroll up.

      2. It’s the FCC. They can do whatever they want, remember? They are already taking over the internet without any law giving them the authority to do so.

        1. Things have changed.
          No longer does the government require a law to have authority.
          They can do whatever they want unless a law prohibits them from doing so, while we have no rights unless they exist in legislation.

          Freedom is over.

  10. No government official should ever be in the business of enforcing quality of journalism, and when one tries, he?and the agency he represents?should be run out of Washington on a rail.

    Mr. Welch, I detect a note of forceful opinion masquerading as news…and you’re taking me out of context.

  11. …the fact that there’s a journalistic constituency for it…makes me deeply ashamed of my chosen profession.

    Why should your profession be any different. The enemy of capitalism is capitalists. The establishment always favors increasing regulation.

  12. The freedom of the press is antiquated. Look at all the drivel under the guise of journalism that people read on the internet. All it does is make people question the government. That is not what we need now. If we are to maintain our position in the world, we all need to get behind our leaders and let them lead. China is getting by just fine without so called “freedom” of the press. They just passed Japan for #2 world economy, and they are coming for us.

    1. Yawn. Niche trolls usually don’t have this long of a shelf life.

      1. Re: sage,

        Niche trolls usually don’t have this long of a shelf life[.]

        He’s a troll? I though and still think he’s being facetious, showing the utter absurdity of lefty/fascist thinking:

        ” All it does is make people question the government. ”

        This is pure gold, man!

        1. It was a troll at first, but at this point is is mostly a lampoon of liberal trolls. Sort of like the ersatz Tony that’s been around of late.

          1. Re: SugarFree,

            a lampoon

            That’s the word I was looking for!!! Thanks!

            1. I was thinking tampon myself.

    2. CONNIE CHUNG!!!

      1. Was bangin’ Maury Povich.

        Fuckin’ Connie, how does it worlk?

    3. taken from the comments under one of Matt’s links:

      There should be a list of journalists approved by the FCC to guide news programming. Let’s call it a journolist, for lack of a better term, and Ezra Klein can be its appointed leader-for-life.

      i have not see that authoritarian’s name in a while, does he still write free lunch ‘something-for-nothing’ keynesian bullshit for the WaPo?

      1. Yes. Today’s post is particularly vapid.

        1. “The projects the stimulus funded…may take on a WPA-like glow.”

          Lovely.

          1. When the red/blue team declare their state of re-education emergency, I imagine the clockwork orange treatment for us would involve a heroic dose of ezra klein’s keynesian redistribution bullshit.

            1. I the ludovico technique was supposed to make you averse to violence, not make you long to perpetrate it.

        2. Someone has to give us Justin Bieber’s take on health care

        3. Paul Krugman has a line I like.

          I hate you for showing me that.

          Hate.

          You.

      2. Ezra Klein
        Quit making us Kleins look bad!

    4. The Truth, translated:

      NEVER question The Government.

  13. In a just world, Michael Copps would be swinging from the gallows.

    1. Do you go even a day without indulging in death porn?

      1. Do you go even a day without indulging in death porn?

        Sometimes to mix it up, I’ll indulge in some tranny porn. But only the Thai ladyboy type, not the 50-year-old dude with hairy legs and a muu-muu type.

    2. And it would be aired on all broadcast stations, like the SOTU.

  14. The decline of “real journalism” justifies federal involvement, according to Copps.

    [with broken, elderly voice] “I remember a time when Journalism was real! And men were not tatooed effeminates clad in black jeans! And women kept their knees together when riding the bus!”

    What the fuck is “real journalism” supposed to be? According to whom?

  15. No government official should ever be in the business of enforcing quality of journalism, and when one tries, he?and the agency he represents?should be run out of Washington on a rail.

    This, times a bajillion.

    We could empty out Dc in under a week if the only criteria for doing so was a blatant violation of the Constitution.

  16. See, these lefty progressives think nothing of “regulating” right-wing speech. For them, it would make the country all happy and lovey.

    What they fail to see is that when the other guy is in power, these rules can be used to justify muzzling their heroes. So when Barack Obama loses in 2012 and the FCC decides to use Copps’ rule to muzzle Maddow, they’ll all be getting their panties in a wad.

    All it means is that anyone who idetifies themselves as either “left” or “right” is a fucking shit-for-brains.

    1. “What they fail to see is that when the other guy is in power, these rules can be used to justify muzzling their heroes.”

      Since when did the rules that the left uses on everyone else apply to them?

      1. When the other guy gets into power and finds those neat little lefty rules are still in effect.

        1. Kinda like that Patriot Act, huh?

          1. Kind of, except no one, either left or right, expressed much in the way of disagreement with the PATRIOT Act. There were a few, but most from both sides of the aisle had no problem with it.

    2. So when Barack Obama loses in 2012 and the FCC decides to use Copps’ rule to muzzle Maddow, they’ll all be getting their panties in a wad.

      The system works!

  17. Even if we reject a government solution, can we admit that Fox News, etc., is full of lying dickbags?

    1. which major network is not?

    2. Of course they are. No less so than MSNBC or CNN though.

    3. It’s full of people with a right wing bias which pick and chooses information to support their bias…but ABC, CBS, NPR, NBC, PBS, and pretty much every major “times” paper does that for the left.

  18. 11 You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.

    enjoy your damnation, foolish libertine scum

    1. Jesus Christ is not the L-rd my G-d.

    2. You idiots who believe in gods aren’t supposed to revel in the damnation of the nonbelievers, dipshit. You’re supposed to try to save us.

    3. Maybe Matt was appealing to the historical personage of Jesus. What would be wrong with that?

      1. “Jesus Christ, why don’t you come save my life now?”

        Choices always were a problem for you

        1. I always like Tool references from you, buddy.

        2. Opiate, fuck yeah! I still love Tool, but now Maynard is too much of a pussy to sing about shooting you in the fucking head anymore.

          1. Come to Arizona and He’ll serve you a nice bottle of wine

    4. Threatening damnation on those who don’t believe in hell is useless. Why are you religious nuts too stupid to use even that simple logic? I mean, seriously, that’s just very basic reasoning right there. Just one level above chimpanzee.

    5. Hahahaha! Thank you for leaving your cave long enough to entertain us.

    6. As a Christian cosmotarian, my response to that must be “Jesus H. Fuckin’ Christ, man!”

      1. What does the “H” stand for?

          1. Best answer I’ve heard to that question.

    7. There are Ten Commandments. That one is Number Three.

      I don’t think God would take kindly to you adding to the list.

      1. I figured this was one of the 5 Mel Brooks dropped; but it doesn’t matter, as it’s already part of the original 10 too.

        1. “I have Fifteen….”

          KLUNK!

          “Ten…Ten Commandments…for all to obey!”

          1. So, with all of this in mind, I leave you with my revised list of the two commandments:

            * Thou shalt always be honest and faithful to the provider of thy nookie.

            And

            * Thou shalt try real hard not to kill anyone, unless of course they pray to a different invisible man from the one you pray to.

            Two is all you need; Moses could have carried them down the hill in his f**in’ pocket. And if they had a list like that I wouldn’t mind those folks in Alabama putting it up on the courthouse wall, as long as they included one additional commandment:

            Thou shalt keep thy religion to thyself.

    8. You didn’t capitalize “his” — therefore you have implicitly denied the Lord’s divinity.

      You are d—-d, sirrah!

  19. According to Wikipedia, Copps was first appointed to the FCC May 31, 2001. Commissioners serve five year terms, so that would mean his second term is over this May, right? So we must do everything possible to ensure that he is not re-appointed.

    1. As long as it looks like an accident, s’cool with me.

  20. I make funny religulous joke, heheheh.

    Jesus Christ, PBUH, would the FCC ban blasphemy? In any context? Why do we have an FCC these days?

    I have a problem with people who get offended by blasphemy. I am offended that they are offended. Does their perceived right to not be offended trump mine? I should hope not. That’s offensive.

  21. Does the FCC have it’s own SWAT team yet?

  22. Yeah. We should listen to the Bureaucrat! He knows better than we! Him smart! Him powerful! Him have big whip to lash the Bad and big money reward for Good!

    I wish to kiss his ring and make nice-nice with Federal Man. Then we snuggle and listen to NPR! That make me smart like Bureaucrat! NPR good! Not in business sense, but it good for you. Like Brussels sprouts and single payer health care.

    Freedom is Slavery!
    Opinion is News!
    Government is Love.

  23. The really funny thing about the rants against Fox is that they are almost verbatim repetitions of the rants against the Hearst newspapers (you know ‘real journalists’) of a century ago.

  24. Aw shucks, Copps is right.

    Everyone should know by now what real journalism looks like.

  25. Something tells me Jesus isn’t gonna help you with this one.

    1. All he has to do is smote Washington.

  26. This could explain why the head of Comcast was on Morning Joe, singing the praises of the regulators who “carefully vetted” the merger with NBC.

  27. Reichminister Goebbels does not appreciate your content or tone.

    1. You know who else listened to Reichminister Goebbels….

  28. You have got to be fucking kidding me.

    Fire this freedom hating asshole. Now.

  29. The commissioner also reiterated his call for a “Public Value Test” as part of the broadcasting license renewal, a process controlled by the FCC.

    Simple fuck – NOTHING the FCC does passes the “Public Value Test” – therefore, abolished!

    That was easy.

  30. I’m shocked, shocked I tell you, that this administration is thinking of using the FCC to thwart freedom of the press.

    I mean, who could possibly have seen that coming?

  31. Definitely in the running for Best Article Title Of The Year.

  32. The commissioner also reiterated his call for a “Public Value Test” as part of the broadcasting license renewal, a process controlled by the FCC.

    Unelected career bureaucrats– they run your life. What also scares me is the number of people willing to salute the crazy shit these crackpots run up the pole.

  33. This is appalling on every level, and the fact that there’s a journalistic constituency for it?read this awful commencement speech last year by Columbia Journalism School Dean and New Yorker essayist Nicholas Lemann for a taste?makes me deeply ashamed of my chosen profession.

    It’s like Egypt-Net Neutrality argument. The Egyptian government shut off the internet! Proof that we need more government control over the internet!

  34. Caption:

    “Would you buy a used radio frequency from this man?”

  35. “Why, yes, Steve Smith and I do have a close, personal relationship.”

  36. should be run out of Washington on a rail

    or strapped to a high-speed rail just outside of town. I mean figuratively. literally strapped to a figuratively high-speed literal rail just outside of town. with subsidized straps.

  37. Other than a woman womb what doesn’t the left want to control. You have one lone wolf in the form of Fox – which I often disagree with – and these people act as though it’s the end of the world.

    *not endorsing controlling a woman womb

  38. copps are your friend?

  39. The Columbia Journalism School is a piece of shit.

    No one sensible hires grads from that trash bin.

  40. Right, because deregulation worked out really well for us in the financial sector…

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