Thursday, November 18, 2010

Freedom of the press in Jay Rockefeller's mind

RCP has the video of Senator Rockefeller's deepest desires when it comes to freedom of the press.
SEN. JAY ROCKEFELLER (D-WV): "There's a little bug inside of me which wants to get the FCC to say to FOX and to MSNBC: 'Out. Off. End. Goodbye.' It would be a big favor to political discourse; our ability to do our work here in Congress, and to the American people, to be able to talk with each other and have some faith in their government and more importantly, in their future."
Does the man not know the Constitution or does it just seem an inconvenience to him in his vision of how our enlightened rulers should proceed? Does he know the history of the press in our country's history? Nothing being said today compares to the partisan sniping during the press of the 1790s or during the Civil War. Perhaps rising to prominence based on the fortunes earned by an ancestor whom the senator would be doing everything to condemn and stifle if John D. were in action today has stunted Jay Rockefeller's sense of the Constitution and history.