Evangeline Lilly, a Canadian actress was a speaker at this year’s conference for Media Reform. Folks, she
thinks Obama won the election over George W. Bush. Yes, she really does; two examples below, and the audience didn’t make a peep. Hollywood is a huge influence behind the FCC announcement that it will scrutinize media to determine how news is chosen and finally aired or printed — those monitors in the newsroom that you’ve been hearing about. The FCC and an organization known as Free Press have worked together since at least 2007. The goal is democracy reform in media. Once upon a time, the agenda, the same as today’s, was known as the Fairness Doctrine with the “Hush Rush” buzz. Free Press sponsors the National Conference for Media Reform, usually every other year. It fights for “Media Justice,” and “diversity” in media ownership, climate change, gun control, pulling “youth” into the movement, and foreign ownership.
The beginning of today’s FCC news started at The National Conference for Media Reform in 2007. It was a star-studded event in Memphis, Tennessee. I captured information on this blog from their website postings, which have now been removed, but I was not the only place online to report on the New American Media Contract during Michael Copps’ leadership as Chairman of Commissioners. I believe it gives the clearest glimpse of what the FCC and Free Press, with great Hollywood influence, are working toward with this latest move to get the FCC into newsrooms around the country. If they make it there, it is only the beginning. This is not a benign effort.
In 2007, The New American Media Contract was expressed as a “Civil Rights” issue in communications. Speakers, all of whom you are familiar with, are listed below these 2007 goals and then information on the 2013 event.
We expect these:
1. A right to media that strengthens our democracy
2. A right to local stations that are actually local
3. A right to media that looks and sounds like America
4. A right to news that isn’t canned and radio playlists that aren’t for sale
5. A right to programming that isn’t so damned bad so damned often Source: My previous capture
At the time, I asked these questions:
● Who decides what America “looks and sounds”like?
● Who decides if the news is “canned” or not”
● Who decides what strengthens our democracy?
Among the speakers at this event were Jane Fonda, Danny Glover, Geena Davis, Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders, Bill Moyers, Helen Thomas and Jesse Jackson.
At the 2007 conference, Copps said the people get “too little news, too much baloney passed off as news.”
In late 2008 Barack Obama announced the appointment of radical, far-left lawyer, Henry Rivera, to head the transition of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under his regime. As also the Chair, at that time, of the Minority Media & Telecommunications Council, Rivera took the “Civil Rights in Communications” to a much higher level and proposed the following:
1) funnel more “federal advertising” to minority media
2) allow foreign ownership; relax U.S. trade barriers to provide “overseas capital,” for minority broadcasters
3) develop “constitutionally permissible yet non-dilute method of defining” the class [race] of licensees, i.e., “an applicant’s race would be one of the numerous factors considered when the Commission reviews a license application.”
4) change the FCC Commission to a more diverse Commission – it should look like America
Rivera also wanted a White House cabinet position to help bring about “localism” in communications.
At the April 2013 conference, Evangeline Lilly, a Canadian actress from ABC’s Lost and a few big screen films, gave a presentation (video below). She is a talented speaker, or with her skills as an actress and her pretty face, was fully capable of handling the teleprompter; not sure which. She narrated a slide show that began with Glenn Beck’s face popping up. It went on to show “Greedy Lying Bastards,” which included George W. Bush. Bill O’Reilly with his Talking Points Memo about gays and civil rights and Rush Limbaugh were shown with Lilly saying they were responsible for the “delusion and confusion which they have intentionally fostered,” and then a graphic appears saying the following:
The idea of a half-black president winning the office over a “red-necked” bigot….” [George W. Bush]
Talk about “confusion,” she shows a graphic of GW and Obama with the word “vs” between them. How do we miss the point that Evangeline Lilly thinks Barack Obama ran against George W. Bush in the 2008 election.
Lilly’s part in the conference was all about Fox News and Global Warming; Donald Trump, Senator Jim Inhofe are included, and a graphic of “Fox Lies Constantly.” I give her credit for saying “our progressive president is dismantling the constitution.”
At one moment in the video, pictures of Fox News’ Martha McCallum and Catherine Herridge flashed on the screen and stays there, as Lilly says:
“people are terrified, for fear that they will glance up at the light and see something that will irrevocably alter cozy and comfortable existence….”
McCallum and Herridge? Terrifying, indeed.
Former Obama aide, Susan Crawford spoke at the 2013 event, encouraging the audience to:
…let the White House know what they want in next Federal Communications Commission chair, including regulatory intervention in the broadcast and broadband markets. Source
At the 2013 event, FCC Ex-Commissioner Michael urged Obama to nominate a “liberal FCC chief,” to “fight for liberal causes such as increased competition, media diversity and network neutrality regulations.”
Free Press and The National Conference for Media Reform 2013 also had a focus on “exposing” ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) and their “broad anti-immigration measures,”Stand Your Ground laws designed to shield users of firearms….”
Social Justice and the fight for Media Equality:
Beyond Marriage: What is the media missing in coverage of LGBTQ Rights?
Building New Bridges for Global Advocacy
Labor Unions, MIA in the Media
Manufacturing Terror: The Media’s Anti-Arab and Anti-Muslim Problem
The Impact on Hate Speech on Latinos
The Long Struggle for Native American Sovereignty and Media Rights
Liberating Cable’s Captive Audience: can Consumers Cut the Cord?
Seize Those Airways: Build Your Own Mini FM Radio Transmitter
There are five FCC Commissioners, including the Chairman, each serving a five year term. Three are Democrats and two are Republicans. One of the Democrats is Congressman James Clyburn’s daughter. See the entire list here. Don’t miss the significance of Michael Copps’ continuing involvement. He served as FCC Chairman from May 2001 to June 2009 and is still agitating for the goals he laid-out in 2007.
Republican FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai’s WSJ editorial yesterday:
News organizations often disagree about what Americans need to know. MSNBC, for example, apparently believes that traffic in Fort Lee, N.J., is the crisis of our time. Fox News, on the other hand, chooses to cover the September 2012 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi more heavily than other networks. The American people, for their part, disagree about what they want to watch.
But everyone should agree on this: The government has no place pressuring media organizations into covering certain stories.
Unfortunately, the Federal Communications Commission, where I am a commissioner, does not agree. Last May the FCC proposed an initiative to thrust the federal government into newsrooms across the country. With its “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,” or CIN, the agency plans to send researchers to grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run. A field test in Columbia, S.C., is scheduled to begin this spring.
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai warns that the study has the potential to become a heavy-handed means of pressuring reporters into making editorial decisions that fall in line with government wishes.
The study comes at a time when the Department of Justice has been caught tracking the movements of reporters and bugging their phone lines. It comes after Americans have learned that the National Security Agency has been scooping up information on our online and social media activity and our cell phone metadata. The FCC has repeatedly sought to expand its authority over the Internet via “net neutrality,” and over newspapers, which have never been subjected to FCC scrutiny before. The FCC was created to regulate broadcast transmissions via radio, television, wire, satellite and cable, but not content of media reports. FCC commissioners are presidential appointments. All of the commission’s five members were appointed to their posts by President Obama, but only three may belong to the president’s political party at any one time.
UPDATE: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says the “study” is being scrubbed — not going to happen, he’s pulling the plug [until we seem not to be paying attention]
Watch Evangeline Lilly WOW the crowd. ‘Delusion’ and ‘Confusion’ on display.