It's pretty obvious that oftentimes the media and the Democratic Party work in concert to marginalize opposition of a common goal. ABC's George Stephanopoulos working with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was just one example. The question is, how far will the media and Democrats take it?
According to Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., if the passage of ObamaCare is evidence, they're willing to take it to achieve Draconian financial regulation and ultimate censorship of the Internet. On his April 19 Fox News Channel program, host Sean Hannity asked Bachmann if there were a double standard, or a coordinated attack as the "echo chamber" of the Democratic Party, including the media, seem to "singing from the same hymnal." And according to Bachmann, the attacks on former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and conservative talkers Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh over the weekend for so-called sedition were the latest evidence.
"Well, they are," Bachmann said. "If you look at all of the news shows over this last weekend, they used practically the identical language. They are talking about a war of words. They specifically identified Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin and they were, as you said, they're singing off the same hymnal. But essentially it is whoever they see as an effective voice, that's who they go after and attack right now."
However, according to the Minnesota congresswoman, it's the motivations behind this tactic the American people need to be concerned about.
"But really the bigger issue in all of this is what is happening in Washington," she continued. "What's the federal government doing under the Obama administration and this is serious. When you have the Obama administration, for instance in this new financial control bill, financial services, suggesting that the federal government should decide who gets credit in the future, or having permanent bailout authority in the future. People are opposed to this. But they want to ram this bill through, just like they rammed through health care. But the American people are saying no dice, we don't want to play in game any more."
Hannity contended the opposition to the policies of the Obama administration and congressional Democrats has won the argument and therefore liberals are resorting to tactics intended to vilify that opposition, which Bachmann explained was their method of last resort. And part of that she said was to ultimately censor content on the Internet through the use of net neutrality.
"Oh sure that's all they have left now," Bachmann continued. "They use pejorative terms, hateful terms against those who are carrying the message. So whether they are attacking conservative talk radio or conservative TV or whether it's Internet sites - I mean let's face it, what is the Obama administration doing? Advocating net neutrality which is essentially censorship of the Internet. This is the Obama administration advocating censorship of the Internet. Why? They want to silence the voices that are opposing them, despite the fact that they continue to have much of the mainstream media still providing cover for all of these dramatic efforts that the Obama administration is taking."
And if recent events in the media are evidence, she explained the administration has a target on its opposition.
"So, they are very specifically and pointedly going after voices that they see are effectively telling the truth about what the Obama administration is trying to do and the American people don't like it very much," Bachmann said.