Republicans Freak Out as Some In FEC Want Fox and Conservative Media Treated Like PACs


Republican FEC Chairman Lee Goodman is sparking a right wing freak out by claiming that some in the FEC want to treat conservative media such as Drudge and Fox News like political action committees.

In a piece that’s dripping with paranoia and hysteria, Goodman told the Washington Examiner:

I think that there are impulses in the government every day to second guess and look into the editorial decisions of conservative publishers.


The right has begun to break the left’s media monopoly, particularly through new media outlets like the internet, and I sense that some on the left are starting to rethink the breadth of the media exemption and internet communications.


The picking and choosing has started to occur. There are some in this building that think we can actually regulate, then I am concerned about disparate treatment of conservative media.

The truth that Goodman doesn’t want to face is that conservatives already control the media. Newscasts are now corporate owned and monetized for profit. The top cable news network is Republican mouthpiece Fox News. The Sunday morning shows are all heavily biased towards Republicans. Talk radio is dominated by conservatives. The only media where liberal have an advantage is the Internet.

Conservative media is mainly funded by the same people and corporations that fund the Republican Party. Conservative media should be treated as PACs because they are involved in daily partisan political activity. In contrast, PoliticusUSA does not accept any funding from any individual or organization, nor do we donate to/endorse any candidates.

The FEC is composed of six commissioners, who are appointed by the president. By law, no more than three commissioners can come from the same political party. At least, 4 votes are required for passage, but the commission is split between three Republicans and three Democrats, so there is a lot of deadlock.

What conservatives are most terrified of is the return of the Fairness Doctrine. Short of the FCC restoring the Fairness Doctrine, conservatives fear that the facade will be blown off of their propaganda machine, and they get treated like the political operatives that they are.

Fox News, Sean Hannity, and Rush Limbaugh aren’t news outlets. They are partisan talking point factories that are overtly involved in political activity. It’s simple. Any media outlet on the left or right that takes money to promote a political agenda, endorses candidates, raises money for/donates to candidates should be treated as a PAC.

If they are ever forced to report facts, it will be the end of conservative media. Conservative media is slowly dying of old age, but the end could come much sooner if their propaganda machines were held accountable.

38 Replies to “Republicans Freak Out as Some In FEC Want Fox and Conservative Media Treated Like PACs”

  1. In other words the GOTP is freaking out over being held accountable for their blatant dishonesty and outright fabrication of events.

  2. I hope something happens to rein them in and expose them for what they are.

    I started paying attention to politics when Reagan and Carter were running, that is the fist election I voted in.

    I have seen what the likes of Rush Limbaugh and others did to political discourse in America. I knew right away that Rush was a problem.

    I saw family members being drawn in by Rush and the emerging hatemongers, they are now so dead-set in their erroneous beliefs that it is pointless to try and have a discussion with them.

    If we don’t start making a concerted effort to turn the tide, we won’t recognize the US in ten years.

  3. Terry they have been exposed for decades now but there are so many gullible brain atrophied bible thumping ‘mericuns out there that they keep getting elected and backed up by wealthy gullible brain atrophied bible thumping ‘mericuns.

  4. This is exactly the thing that concerns me too. In Canada there is a huge wave of anti Americanism right now among many Canadians because there is a fear that the US is going to degenerate into a civil war and there’s going to be a spill over affect here.

    Canadians do not recognize Fox as news. It’s classified officially as entertainment. So many Canadians ask me just why are Americans clinging to 18th century gun laws and why in the HELL are Americans so resistant to change. They are baffled by American intransigence when it come to health care.

    People here are proudly socialist and won’t apologize for it. I’ve seen the political system get completely corrupted by corporate interference. This is why I had to move here in the first place.

  5. Amazing how all this news is about “some of the people” without ever mentioning who they are. I have my doubts if anyone at the FEC really wants what this idiot says they want. What he wants is to stir things up and rehash the whole “Liberal media” myth.

    The public is starting to realize, except for those who allow themselves to be brainwashed by Fox, that the media is anything but liberal anymore. He is hoping that this statement will start people to regain that belief.

  6. Just think how much worse it would be if Republicans had any more power than they do, it would be a disaster.

    Hopefully, my belief that there are many more moderate people in the US than there are extremists is correct.

    I know this is repeated often but we need to get out and vote and raise our voices to be heard.
    These are historic times, and the future of our country is very much at-risk.

    The extreme RW won’t stop, they are fanatics. Kind of like a church hymn I Heard, “Onward Christian Soldiers” marching as to war, with the cross of Jesus, going on before.

    I used to go to an evangelical Baptist church when I lived with my stepfather. They sang that song every Sunday.

  7. Randi Rhodes is talking about asking PBO to bring back ‘The Fairness Doctrine’…imagine that!

    We could actually do that!

  8. I think that is only fair. It is about time. I also think that if our religious sects want to take an active role in politics that they should lose their tax exempt status.

  9. If the right wing media is truly “Fair and Balanced” as they self-righteously claim, then why worry about laws that force journalists to be truthful? In fact I would think honest reporters would welcome this, on grounds that it improves their credibility with the audience. Only a dishonest person worries about being exposed or forced to be accountable.

  10. The gullible factor comes down to abortion and guns, nothing else. The rank and file Republican cares about little else.

  11. Besides some local weekly newsprints and a few cable shows, there has not been a “liberal” media in decades, not in television nor in newsprint. Anyone who thinks otherwise is … (choose one) fooling themselves, a tool, delusional, or …

  12. Astorix, Canada is fearful of the U.S. RightWing propaganda and aggressiveness?

    You and other Canadians need to interviewed…we need articles!

  13. All the liberal websites I listed are seasoned performers of the left wing’s grand circus, and NYT is the ring master.

  14. Sorry, I have had my shower today. If I go to breitbart I will have to take another. Breitbart is about as credible as a 4 year old

  15. You can apologize till the cows come home, won’t change the fact that CNN, Politico are both left leaning. The media is dominantly left leaning from left leaning talk show hosts i.e. Ellen, Colbert, Stewart, Letterman etc, to left leaning Hollywood blockbusters, to TV News ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CNN and the list goes on.

  16. Ellen is left leaning media, so are comedy shows like Colbert and Stewart which are treated like news by lots of folk. Bottom line Media is dominantly Left leafing. Right wingers only have an advantage on radio, no one has a clear advantage online. Although it is the biggest cable news channel Fox is a fish out of water on TV that is dominantly left wing.

  17. Well we are sorry to hear that for your sake. Maybe you can start listening to them and find some truth

  18. (Begin: I’m a moderate- my political leanings are split with liberal ideals grounded in reality.)

    Food for though: Who controls
    CNN? (Yes Virginia, Clinton-News-Network is left.)

    FOX (We’ve established they’re republican.)

    I thought you were talking about facts here..

  19. Reinstate the Fairness Doctrine. They will go out of business. Fox is not allowed to broadcast from Canada because of theirs.

  20. The political slant of any media is relative. If you’re far right, most of the media WILL look liberal. The true test may be if the source will EVER give credit to the other side or chastise its side. Breitbart and False News would NEVER do that. Some nuts will accuse a site for being biased if they only agree with them 95% of the time.

  21. This article, and the responses seen, explain why Republicans should “freak out”. It isn’t (or shouldn’t be) the government’s job to determine if any news outlet is connected to a political party. The government should not be in the business of holding a journalist accountable, or if he or she is “truthful” or not. Bringing back the fairness doctrine would be a direct assault on the 1st amendment.

  22. How so? All the years we had the doctrine there was no problem, Are you so afraid of different opinions that you have to shut them down?

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