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February 20, 2014

"What Was the FCC Thinking?" The Anchoress Answers Howie Kurtz

Howie Kurtz wants to know what the FCC was thinking when it proposed to monitor how editorial decisions are made in news media. (Including in newspapers, over which they have no jurisidiction whatsoever.)

Oh, She's got answers. Some of these answers are obvious, but apparently they didn't occur to Kurtz.

After summing up what they were thinking (which I don't want to excerpt, because it's smokin'-hot, and you should click over there), she concludes:

The biggest problem in our nation is not the Democrats, or the Republicans; it is not the Obama Administration, just as it wasnít the Bush Administration, and it wonít be future Clinton or Warren Administrations. Our biggest problem is that the press has voluntarily surrendered its freedoms for the sake of idols and ideologies.

Because this is true, our government is either factionalized, fictionalized and bombarded with daily media outrage and indignation, or it is given an utterly free pass, with no accountability required. Either way, it is a process of illusion, which gives assist to the necessary distraction, and thatís all.

I didnít want to write about this today. The truth is, I donít even want to write about politics, anymore, because itís all distraction and illusion and theater. Iíd be happy to write about prayer and scripture, and nothing else, for the rest of my life, and maybe thatís what Iíll be doing, soon enough. But I am passionate about journalism, passionate about the need for a free press, and so I had to write, today. Without a curious press interested in protecting its own freedoms, there is no there, there. We might as well just put down the mics and turn out the lights, because itís over.



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