No first amendment allowed for conservatives,
according to Baltimore’s government attorney.
Blacklists are back and the Democrats got ’em! On May 5, 2021 the office of Baltimore’s state attorney, Democrat Marilyn Mosby, filed a formal complaint with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) against a local Fox news station, demanding that the FCC censor and shut down the station because it has repeatedly published stories that were critical of Mosby and her policies.
The May 5 complaint, addressed to FCC acting chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, accuses WBFF (a.k.a. FOX45 News) — the Baltimore-based Fox-affiliate — of partaking in an “intentional crusade against … Mosby, which given today’s politically charged and divisive environment, is extremely dangerous.” It also details what Mosby’s communications director, Zy Richardson, believes to be a “disconcerting and dangerous pattern: beginning with a slanted, rigged, misleading, or inflammatory headline; followed by conspiracy theory; and supported with guest commentary from disgruntled ex-employees or political opponents that[sic] lend false credibility.”
“The truth of the matter,” Richardson says, “is I am deeply worried that if the WBFF’s coverage is not curtailed and ceased, then someone is going to get hurt. I implore and encourage you … to enlist the full investigative and enforcement powers granted to you by the Federal government to take action against the WBFF as soon as possible.” [emphasis mine]
The blatent oppressive nature of this demand — in utter violation of the first amendment of the Constitution and all that America has stood for during its first two hundred plus years — should be somewhat shocking, but sadly it has become so common from Democratic Party politicians and many of their supporters in the past five years that it hardly made the news when it happened in early May.
Think about it however. The office of an elected state’s attorney for Baltimore wishes to use the power of government to silence a specific news outlet because that attorney does not like the outlet’s news reporting. Only dictators like Stalin, Hitler, and Mussolini would celebrate such actions. And Americans once in mass would have been horrified, and risen up to get Mosby removed from office immediately.
No more. Her office’s actions barely made the news, which is why I post this story again. It bears repeating, and must be remembered during the next election for Baltimore attorney. I have little hope that Baltimore voters will care, but they should at least be called to account for their support of dictators and thugs. In fact, many I am sure applauded her attempt to silence her critics. Many were likely the friends and the relatives of conservatives, people whom those friends and relatives thought were tolerant and fair-minded but were deep inside nothing more than fascist bullies, eagerly awaiting the day their political heroes had enough power to smash everyone who disagrees with them — including those very friends and even their relatives.
Fortunately, the FCC’s response, issued five days later, was blunt and to the point, essentially telling Mosby to pound sand. From the FCC’s statement [pdf]:
The State’s Attorney’s Office, led by Democrat Marilyn Mosby, has launched a chilling and direct attack on free speech and journalistic freedom. The complaint her office filed with the FCC asks the Commission to censor a newsroom simply because journalists are doing their constitutionally protected jobs and shining a light on the work of the State’s Attorney. Invoking the power of the state to silence journalists for unfavorable coverage strikes at the very heart of the First Amendment.
“It is particularly troubling that a public official would work to silence reporters that are investigating her work at a time when federal prosecutors have already opened a criminal investigation into her activities.
One of the reasons I write this column, titled as it is, is to illustrate how normalized the idea of oppression, blacklisting, censorship, and intolerance has become in America today. Most of this ugliness has come from the left and the Democratic Party, but they certainly do not have a copyright.
Once all Americans believed in freedom and liberty. Now we must come to grips with the fact that a large percentage, maybe a majority, of Americans are hostile to such ideas, and instead wish to use power and violence to silence their opponents. Mosby and her office are just one example in the hundreds I have been documenting daily.
To fight these thugs properly, freedom-loving Americans need to recognize how serious the fight is. This column is an attempt to make that fact clear, on a daily basis.