Mark Potok and the Southern Poverty Law Center warn in an article posted this week that news and information contrary to that disseminated by the establishment “hides deep, dark and destructive forces” endangering democracy.
Potok and the SPLC attack alternative media head on.
“One factor fertilizing such beliefs is the proliferation of alternative forms of media, from cable television and talk radio to social media and a seemingly endless number of websites. Almost any belief that a person has, no matter how far out or disconnected from the facts, has some kind of ‘news’ source to back it up,” Potok and Dan Terry write.
The SPLC believes investigative journalism highlighting Common Core, military exercises and FEMA, Agenda 21, the North American Union, the financial manipulation of the elite and more—topics rarely if ever covered by the establishment media—pose a serious threat the very fabric of the nation.
Alternative news and information at odds with the narrative spun by the elite and their propagandists in the corporate media “have consequences” and “wreck any chance for finding real solutions,” Potok argues.
The SPLC does not call for political or legal action against “the chief enablers of these destructive tall tales,” including Alex Jones.
Instead, the organization adds to the hysteria rampant on the so-called progressive left as its more activist and shrill members increasingly call for everything from prison sentences for “climate change deniers,” to shutting down the First Amendment of those who disagree, and going so far as to call for outlawing language it finds corrosive to its political agenda.
In part, the renewed campaign to attack and demonize those who oppose the political status quo is due to an appearance by Matt Drudge on the Alex Jones Show.
Drudge warned that the establishment is moving to shut down the free speech rights of its opponents.
“I had a Supreme Court Justice tell me it’s over for me,” Drudge told the Alex Jones Show earlier this month. “They’ve got the votes now to enforce copyright law, you’re out of there. They’re going to make it so you can’t even use headlines.”
“Sites like the Drudge Report, Infowars.com and The Economic Collapse Blog have been a thorn in the side of the establishment for years,” writes Michael Snyder.
“People are hungry for the truth, and an increasing number of Americans are waking up to the fact that they are not getting the truth from the corporate-controlled media. But as the alternative media has grown, it was only going to be a matter of time before the establishment started cracking down on it. At the moment it is just the FEC and the FCC, but surely this is just the beginning. Our ‘Big Brother’ government ultimately wants to control every area of our lives – and this especially applies to our ability to communicate freely with one another.”
Snyder mentions a move by the Federal Election Commission earlier this year to regulate political speech on blogs, websites and YouTube videos, speech the federal agency believes will “influence an election.”
“FEC Chairman Lee E. Goodman, a Republican, said if regulation extends that far, then anybody who writes a political blog, runs a politically active news site or even chat room could be regulated,” Paul Bedard wrote for the Washington Examiner last October.
The FEC and the political elite have yet to shut down free discourse over the internet. The latest hysterical propaganda campaign by the SPLC and so-called progressives, however, may likely nudge it in that direction in the near future.
Lost in the totalitarian echo chamber is the fact the First Amendment was created primarily to preserve political speech.
Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay and others wrote in the The Federalist Papers that “the liberty of the press shall be inviolably preserved” and not denied.