Senator Rockefeller Suggests Taking Fox and MSNBC Off The Air To Make Citizens Feel Better About Congress

In this video, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) suggests that he would like to see both FOX and MSNBC taken off the air so that people felt better about Congress and their government. This is coming from a Senator who led the effort to kill dozens of public interest lawsuits suing telecommunication companies for violations of their privacy and supported the effort to bar any investigation into the torture program. The problem, it seems, is the new coverage.

Here is what Rockefeller said:

“There’s a little bug inside of me which wants to get the FCC to say to FOX and to MSNBC: ‘Out. Off. End. Goodbye.’ It would be a big favor to political discourse; our ability to do our work here in Congress, and to the American people, to be able to talk with each other and have some faith in their government and more importantly, in their future.”

When you have successfully killed dozens of public interest lawsuits, one can understand why you would believe that this is within your power. The premise appears to be that, without criticism and commentary on these cable programs, people would have more “faith in their government and more importantly, in their future.”

47 thoughts on “Senator Rockefeller Suggests Taking Fox and MSNBC Off The Air To Make Citizens Feel Better About Congress”

  1. “…Anyone who trusts either outlet as a news source, let alone a sole news source, isn’t very good at telling fiction from reality and are largely so because of their ability to swallow propaganda and lies without critical thought.”

    Unfortunately for our country, it looks like more than 3/4 of the members of the Republican Party do trust Fox News, based on polling acceptance of some of their wilder propaganda.

    You know, real people are dying and our country may just go down the tubes because of the bad decisions made by our electorate. And for a good portion of them, propaganda lies from Fox and Clearchannel radio ARE their opinions. The idiocy that engenders and sustains the Tea Partyers, for example, is manufactured, not endemic.

    I am quite serious about Fox News being taken off the air, and Rupert Murdoch deserving to be in prison.

  2. I like Maddow’s show but that’s the only program I watch on MSNBC … don’t watch anything on FOXNEWS except, sometimes, their coverage of storms because the things they make those reporters do are hilarious … CNN’s reporters are good at the crazy storm stunts too.

  3. Actually the primary difference between FAUXNews and MSNBC is FAUX is a Neocon propaganda outlet that has been busted making up “facts” they report and MSNBC will report anything that doesn’t interfere with their arms dealing. Egro, FAUX is engaged in wholesale aggressive politically motivated Neocon deception whereas MSNBC is engaged in lies of omission for simple profit. Anyone who trusts either outlet as a news source, let alone a sole news source, isn’t very good at telling fiction from reality and are largely so because of their ability to swallow propaganda and lies without critical thought.

  4. “@Gingerbaker, but I bet you’ll defend MSNBC. Does the word hypocrisy mean anything to you?

    The only difference between Fox News and MSNBC is that people actually watch Fox News.

    No – The difference between Fox and MSNBC for my argument is that Fox calls itself “NEWS” and MSNBC does not. A big difference, because, as I said, on broadcast TV the word “News” means something.

  5. @Gingerbaker, but I bet you’ll defend MSNBC. Does the word hypocrisy mean anything to you?

    The only difference between Fox News and MSNBC is that people actually watch Fox News.

  6. Rockefeller is half right. Fox News should have been taken off the air long ago.

    How can a station which labels itself as “News”, let alone “Fair and Balanced” be considered to have fulfilled its charter obligation to be in the public interest when it has been demonstrated continually that Fox News is terribly biased and actively promotes falsehoods?

    The term “News” has a meaning in broadcasting. And the functioning of our democracy is dependent upon a robust and honest press. Fox “News” has completely failed to meet its crucially important societal obligation as a news organization, poisoning the well for all of the fourth estate, as it operates as a propaganda arm of the corporate elite and the Republican party.

    Fox News should lose its charter immediately, and Rupert Murdoch belongs in prison. In my humble opinion, of course.

    And you can quote me on that!

  7. Gyges

    “The person that wants powers is the person that you can’t trust with any.”

    Hear, hear to that… Well said.

  8. B&B,

    The political equivalent to Marx’s “I’d never join a club that’d have me as a member” is “The person that wants powers is the person that you can’t trust with any.”

  9. 20 is a very kind estimate. We must keep in mind Congress is a skewed sample space by the very nature that it appeals to narcissists and sociopaths ergo the actual number of mentally ill in Congress is likely much higher than in the general populace. I’m betting I can hit 20 without without leaving the Senate.

  10. Maybe if Rocky would actually stand up for the middle class he might understand why MSNBC is needed to offset the continual lies coming from Fox News and the Rush Limbaugh’s of the world. Next time you see someone violating the law Rocky, do a little more that put a secret letter into a secret file to complain about it. How about growing a set and actually challenge the parties illegally spying and challenge the law that allows them to do it. And do it on MSNBC.

  11. … and One in Five U.S. Adults Suffer From Mental Illness … does that mean 20 of our senators are bat-shit crazy?

    With a Democrat like this, who needs Republicans ….

  12. I wonder if the fact that his wife is the Chief executive officer of WETA-TV, a PBS channel in Washington DC, has anything to do with his desire to put more funding into NPR and PBS? Of course not, because conspiracies don’t exist.

  13. The senator should know that the FCC has no jurisdiction over cable in this manner. Not even if the entities were on broadcast television as well.

  14. If Rockefeller doesn’t like the media coverage and public reception of Congresses criminal and otherwise unsavory and unconstitutional behavior, how about he consider this:

    “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

    And consider that he and the rest of his colleagues in the Senate are obstructionist pricks protecting people who ordered torture out of party fealty and greed over their SWORN DUTY to protect the Constitution.

    When considering these items together, it’s clear that Jay needs to STFU.

  15. How does that saying go,something to the effect of not liking the message then kill the messenger.

  16. Just another case of a politician who cant stand the heat so wants the stove thrown out of the kitchen.

    We need MSNBC and Fox News, the truth is probably somewhere in the middle. If Rockefeller doesn’t like criticism then maybe he should retire to a bucolic lifestyle and raise pansies or buttercups and change his name to Casper Milquetoast.

  17. But if Fox news was equal in its coverage then I might disagree…but if you censor one you censor all…..so let them be as they are…

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