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GLENN: There is a new call for an end to hate speech in talk radio and cable news. It will also then go a step further and ask that you look into some of the websites on the Internet.

PAT: Going to surprise you who’s involved.

GLENN: Who’s involved in this. 20 different organizations or is it 30 different organizations.

PAT: A bunch, but the front and center one is really going to — it’s going to shock you to your core.

GLENN: Well, I would be, I would be shocked if I heard Free Press was involved.

PAT: You would be shocked?

GLENN: I would be.

PAT: First name mentioned.

GLENN: Free Press?

PAT: Prepare to be shocked.

GLENN: That is shocking!

PAT: I know, I know.

GLENN: Shocking. Free Press, in case you don’t know, that is a socialist/Marxist organization. They claim to be a socialist/Marxist organization that has now the, I believe the assistant to Genachowski, the guy at the FCC is from Free Press. You now have a new member of the State Department appointed this weekend at Free Press, from Free Press. You have —

PAT: They have no pull in the administration, no pull in the administration.

GLENN: Oh, no, zero pull in the administration at all. These are the people that want net neutrality. This is a dangerous organization.

PAT: Yeah, it’s really bad.

GLENN: A dangerous organization.

PAT: And somebody called the Center for Media Justice.

GLENN: Center for Media Justice, media justice.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: So like social justice.

PAT: We have environmental.

GLENN: Yes.

PAT: We have

GLENN: Economic.

PAT: Economic

GLENN: We have social.

PAT: Social, and now media justice.

GLENN: Media justice.

PAT: We got justice coming out the Ying Yang here.

GLENN: No justice, no peace. You know, that phrase has never sounded more ominous, no justice, no peace. Okay. Who else?

PAT: Let’s see. The Benton Foundation. I don’t know anything about them. And Media Alliance.

GLENN: Oh, Media Alliance. So now you have, you have an investigation for the end of hate speech in talk radio and cable television and some Internet.

PAT: Yeah, and they are arguing about anonymity on the web, giving ammunition to those who would spread hate and so they want to stomach anonymity on the Internet as well.

GLENN: Oh, yeah. You want to make sure that —

PAT: Everybody’s named.

GLENN: Everybody’s named.

PAT: Want their addresses, phone number.

STU: By the way, guys, you were totally wrong if you were trying to insinuate that the Benton Foundation had any problems. Listen to this. The Benton Foundation works to ensure that media and telecommunications serve the public interest and enhance our democracy.

GLENN: Oh.

PAT: Oh.

STU: They pursue this mission by seeking policy solutions that support the values of access, diversity and equity.

GLENN: Oh.

PAT: Oh, diversity and equity.

GLENN: Is there any justice?

STU: They don’t — let’s see.

PAT: Please tell me they want justice, too, media justice especially.

GLENN: Social justice, media justice?

STU: They just want to demonstrate the value of media and telecommunications for improving the quality of life for all.

PAT: Of course they do.

GLENN: That is so great. That is — no, I love that. Now, this is a — this is one attack. Then you have the government’s attack on Friday, released Friday. When does the government dump stories that they don’t want anybody to report on?

PAT: Tuesdays, Tuesday afternoon.

GLENN: No, no, uh uh. Because you could read about it

PAT: Monday morning at, like, 10:00.

GLENN: No, because then you could see it all week and you would see it in the newspapers and then the newspapers chew on it all week.

PAT: So they wait until Wednesday?

GLENN: No. Uh uh. Friday. You know what was special about last Friday? It was before a three day weekend.

PAT: Really?

GLENN: Yeah. Yeah, that’s what usually — for instance, Van Jones. Van Jones, him leaving the White House and the whole story? Because it was released on Saturday night, it missed the Sunday paper and only got just a little story in Monday’s because it was already an old story by Monday, of course. And that was a holiday. Strange. Now the FTC, the Federal Trade Commission, is looking into bringing in AmeriCorps and training AmeriCorps as journalists.

PAT: That’s such a good idea.

GLENN: It is. It is.

PAT: Oh, man, that’s a good idea.

GLENN: You know who had that idea?

PAT: Yes!

GLENN: Who had that idea?

PAT: Free Press!

GLENN: Free Press had that idea?

PAT: If I’m not mistaken.

GLENN: That is crazy! I mean, we were just talking about — hmmm?

PAT: When they said this?

VOICE: We need policies to support media, and I hate to break it to some of you, but the government is going to have to be involved.

PAT: Huh.

VOICE: So what if instead we took a few AmeriCorps jobs and gave them to news gathering organizations.

GLENN: That is so strange.

PAT: How weird.

GLENN: That guy who said that, he is the guy now working at the State Department appointed this weekend.

PAT: Stop it.

GLENN: No, I won’t. It’s true.

PAT: This is a small world. What a small, small, small world.

GLENN: What a strange coincidence. It’s a small world, after all.

PAT: The Obama administration seems to know everybody action don’t they?

GLENN: They do.

PAT: And just kind of circle them into their little inner circle.

GLENN: Well, there’s only so many people you can pick from.

PAT: I guess so.

GLENN: It is so weird. So you’ve got the hate speech investigation, you have, of course, the FTC saying that they just think AmeriCorps should be involved now.

PAT: Good idea.