Former presidential hopeful and Massachusetts Senator John Kerry has come out with some disturbing commentary, which Glenn played on radio this morning.
Speaking about the media and its coverage of the Tea Party, Kerry said the following:
“And I have to tell you, I say this to you politely. The media in America has a bigger responsibility than it’s exercising today. The media’s got to begin to not give equal time or equal balance to an absolutely absurd notion just because somebody asserts it or simply because somebody says something which everybody knows is not factual. It doesn’t deserve the same credit as a legitimate idea about what you do. And the problem is everything’s put into this tit for tat equal battle and America’s losing any sense of what’s real, of who’s accountable, of who is not accountable, of who’s real, who isn’t.”
These bone-chilling statements that ultimately tell the media that it is their responsibility to ignore the Tea Party caused quite a stir among Glenn, Pat, and Stu.
PAT: And I’ll tell you another thing. I, John Kerry, will be the arbiter of what’s real and what isn’t. I will tell you whose ideas are factual and whose are totally false. My ideas are factual, and John Boehner’s are false. They’re nonsense.
STU: It would be so much easier if we just had someone like John Kerry to just tell us.
PAT: Just tell us.
STU: When we should know what side of an argument to have. Why have, waste all the time with having both sides of an argument presented.
PAT: Right, right.
STU: It’s just such, it’s so arduous.
PAT: This president, this president still will just decide whose opinion you can put on your media shows.
Communist-like calls for censorship are nothing new. As Glenn recalled, the White House already overstepped its boundaries when it attempted to chase him off Fox News by calling for boycott of his program.
GLENN: When the White House went and tried to force Fox to fire me, they had a meeting and they did everything they could to get Fox to fire me. They stood fast. They then had five different presidential advisors intimidate all of my sponsors.
GLENN: Boycotts. Never before in American history has that been done. No one in the media reported it. Now we have ‑‑ now we have ‑‑ he’s saying this politely. He’s saying this politely.
This is just another case of the liberal government exercising its control over the liberal media in attempts to feed the American people the information they want them to know and nothing else. But in America, isn’t the media’s job to be a voice for the people, not a mouthpiece for the government?
As Glenn said, when times are tough and the liberal message is unfavorable it becomes easier to “take away a right” than reconsider its unfavorable policies. And that is exactly what John Kerry is seeking to do.