The Federal Election Commission is jumping on the whole “collusion” bandwagon, targeting right-wing media sources, saying they could’ve helped Russia interfere with the 2016 election.If this isn’t a clear case of the government overstepping its bounds and violating free speech, what is?
According to NewsBusters, The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is looking to target right-wing media outlets under the guise that they could’ve helped Russia interfere into our presidential election, reported The Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard Tuesday.The commission will decide at this Thursday’s meeting whether or not to investigate websites like the Drudge Report, Breitbart and others on the right for violating election spending rules by allowing advertising on their Facebook pages by Russian entities.
The call for investigation was spearheaded by the FEC’s Democrat commissioner, Ellen L. Weintraub, who has been trying to accomplish this for months. In May, she told Politico, “I think there is potential there for finding a violation, but I don’t want to suggest that I have prejudged anything that could potentially come before me.”
Weintraub cited a recent report from Time magazine which revealed Russian agents had bought Facebook ads during election season to disseminate anti-Clinton propaganda. Time, citing a McClatchy report, also alleged that some of these right-wing media outlets may have had ties to Russian agents and may have coordinated these election-related “attacks” through their advertising.While the FEC’s role is to regulate proper use of campaign spending, it has been accused in recent years of overstepping its boundaries. According to Bedard, this could quickly lay way for the commission to put these sites through an “inquisition.”
An elections laws expert and critic of the Weintraub bid said, “It’s pretty easy to see how this quickly becomes an inquisition into conservative media outlets.” He added, “Commissioner Weintraub appears to be laying the groundwork to subpoena people at Breitbart, Drudge, and Infowars – maybe even Matt Drudge and Alex Jones themselves.”
What sites, if any, are free from attempts by the federal government to shut them down via the FEC? What would such action mean for us here at allenbwest.com, or any other conservative outlet?The Internet stripped the power from the mainstream media, allowing the widespread distribution and dissemination of information that the MSM let slide between the cracks as a means of controlling the narrative, and by extension, the citizenry.
This is why fighting to protect the First Amendment is still a critical battle in which we need to be engaged.
[This article was written by Steve Parker]