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Democrat Henry Waxman Wants to use Taxpayer Dollars to Investigate Limbaugh, Hannity, and Levin

He wants these three investigated to help the Democrats in 08. I don't think there's a more sinister example of abuse of governmental power. From the American Spectator:

Others on the Democrat side are pushing ahead with other plans. Rep. Henry Waxman has asked his investigative staff to begin compiling reports on Limbaugh, and fellow radio hosts Sean Hannity and Mark Levin based on transcripts from their shows, and to call in Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin to discuss the so-called "Fairness Doctrine."

"Limbaugh isn't the only one who needs to be made uncomfortable about what he says on the radio," says a House leadership source. "We don't have as big a megaphone as these guys, but this all political, and we'll do what we can to gain the advantage. If we can take them off their game for a while, it will help our folks out there on the campaign trail."

The America we thought we knew no longer exists. Liberalism's Big Brother is bound and determined to squash all dissenting opinion.

Allahpundit, however, is a little incredulous:

Totally implausible? Nope. But just a tad more menacing than you'd expect a Democrat to be when talking, even anonymously, to a conservative publication like the Spectator. Believe what you like. Either way, it's hardly a stretch to think that the Fairness Doctrine will be back on the radar if the expected Democratic landslide materializes next year. And if it does, Nostrils will no doubt play a part in moving it along.

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Comments (28)

I'd rather see tax dollars ... (Below threshold)
COgirl:

I'd rather see tax dollars being spent on investigating Congressman Cold Hard Cash William Jefferson. Or maybe look into the dishonest dealings of Air America. Oh, but wait. . . that doesn't help the Dem. cause.

Its the 'lets ignore real c... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Its the 'lets ignore real crime in our midst' while we go see if we can create a crime that doesn't exist dodge. Leave it to one of the more partisan hacks amongst them to initiate this assault on the 1st Amendment in an attempt to criminalize speech he disagrees with.

The specter of big brother is alive and well in the party that supposedly is for 'the little guy' when nothing could be further from the truth.

"You can't *pay* for entertainment like this."

Reminds me of Glenn Reynold... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

Reminds me of Glenn Reynolds' line about "They told me if George Bush was elected, there would be censorship in America ..."

Am I reading this correctly... (Below threshold)

Am I reading this correctly? Democrats, out loud and in front of witnesses, are saying that they are attempting to intentionally suppress free speech and want to make those that say political things they don't agree with "uncomfortable" for the singular purpose of getting more Democrats elected?

Has it really come to this? And people jump down my throat when I say the country's going to heck in a handbasket...

Place yourself in the editors chair at a newspaper and imagine that someone just texted you a quote from Cheney saying that it was about time the President used his authority to start to make war protesters "uncomfortable" for speaking out for the express purpose of raising the polls of Republicans and getting more Republicans elected in 2008. What would you put in the paper, front page center, each and every day until they renounced such a plot? Then come back to the real world and remember that the press will not mention democratic officials saying nearly this very thing.

Picture this: Waxman with a... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Picture this: Waxman with an apple in his mouth and on a tray. Wouldn't be able to tell the differance.

Picture this... at Waxmans ... (Below threshold)
marc:

Picture this... at Waxmans first debate on this lunacy a Repub enters into the record a protest over the failure to add MSNBC's Olberfool and his his idiotic idealogical brother Chris Matthews.

(is it possible to add Lee Ward?)

Members of Congress have sa... (Below threshold)

Members of Congress have sadly misread the public mood if they think that the role of Congress is to debate the left leaning moveOn.org, the overweight drug addict Rush Limbaugh, or other nonserious matters.

Am I reading this correc... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Am I reading this correctly? Democrats, out loud and in front of witnesses, are saying that they are attempting to intentionally suppress free speech and want to make those that say political things they don't agree with "uncomfortable" for the singular purpose of getting more Democrats elected?

No, you're not reading it correctly. An unnamed "House leadership source" may or may not have said something to an unnamed reporter at the conservative Spectator.

Not that I disagree with the objection, I'm just skeptical of the reporting.

If this is true and I were ... (Below threshold)

If this is true and I were Rush, Hannity and Levin, I'd file a civil rights action today and shine the big klieg light right on Waxman's shiny head.

The public will be incredulous, a congressional committee "investigating" conservative talk show hosts.

And if I were the radio stati and network owners, I wouldn't be sitting still either.

This could seriously blow up in that gasbag's face (which, come to think of it, couldn't harm his looks).

I suggest that Waxman launc... (Below threshold)
Cousin Dave:

I suggest that Waxman launch a new committee to carry out this activity. He can call it the "Congressional Committee on Correctness in Politics", or CCCP for short.

Leave it to Mantis to defen... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Leave it to Mantis to defend the slithering snake Waxman. The big question of the day should be 'what does Socks Berger' have on Shrillary? It must be a barnburner, or maybe he really didn't destroy the top secret national security documents he stole.

What else to expect? This i... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

What else to expect? This is what Stalinists do.

Paul "the moron" Hoosen: "t... (Below threshold)
Drago:

Paul "the moron" Hoosen: "the overweight drug addict Rush Limbaugh, or other nonserious matters."

Hoosen, since your comment re: Limbaugh is in the present tense, please answer the following questions:

1) What is Rush Limbaugh's height and weight, and what standards are you using to categorize Rush as "overweight"?

2) What drugs are currently being consumed by Limbaugh, how do you know this, have they been legally prescribed, and regardless of whether they have been legally prescribed or not, what quantities would need to be consumed to be considered a current "drug addict"?

Otherwise, STFU.

BTW, have you sufficiently recovered from the much deserved shellacking you received from your (no doubt, drug-addled) rantings about Oregon being wide open to attack since its 3 fighter planes were sent to Iraq several years back?

Idiot.

I'm just waiting for the ne... (Below threshold)

I'm just waiting for the next Holloywood style crusade reminiscent of the glory Blacklist Days. But I'm not holding my breath.

"Mr. Limbaugh, are you now or have you ever been a member of the Republican Party?"

" Mr. Hannity, are now consorting or have you ever consorted with Republicans or their sympathizers?"

What is difference between this threat of inquiry today by Waxman and witch hunts of old? You can't make this stuff up. The liberals are coming full circle and running to embrace their Stalinist and Nazi forefathers.

HughSYou beat me t... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

HughS

You beat me to it. Is this McCarthyism all over again? Only this time, instead of going after Communists, the witch hunt is for political speech the Dems disagree with.

I'd say Bring it Mr. Nose H... (Below threshold)
BillyBob:

I'd say Bring it Mr. Nose Hair. What a fricking asshole WaxEears is. Pathetic loser, trying to be someone, but continuing to make Democrats look like the fricking loser moonbats they are.

We may be in the apathy to dependency phase, but I I live long enough to reach courage to liberty phase again.

Sorta comical, all t... (Below threshold)
macofromoc:


Sorta comical, all those Dems voted into office and this is all they can do. Saaad.... Maybe they can do something important and meaningful tomorrow.

Idea-- keep the illeagal immigrants and export Democratic Congress. The illeagals work harder and accomplish more.. and with less TV face time.

Drago, RE this response to ... (Below threshold)
marc:

Drago, RE this response to Hooson:

BTW, have you sufficiently recovered from the much deserved shellacking you received from your (no doubt, drug-addled) rantings about Oregon being wide open to attack since its 3 fighter planes were sent to Iraq several years back?

You really need to check the news service you use.

Oregon... no more. Nothing but a large hole of boiling radio active soup comprised of tree-huggers, scooter riders, and a couple of formerly endangered Owls.

Wacky Waxman is the one who... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

Wacky Waxman is the one who was making all that fuss over theater popcorn wasnt he? This guy isa total liberal big brother big goverment liberal demacrat

"Not that I disagree with t... (Below threshold)
kim:

"Not that I disagree with the objection" God, what a joke.
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Don't peck 'em, fine friend... (Below threshold)
kim:

Don't peck 'em, fine friend, butter flavor is pisen.
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Leave it to Mantis... (Below threshold)
Leave it to Mantis to defend the slithering snake Waxman

Even though we can all agree Waxman is a partisan hack of the worst sort, Mantis' point is basically correct: the reporting on this is a bit thin, at least what we've heard so far. I, for one, would like to see some independent confirmation before we go running around making accusations.

Oh, that Sandy, what a care... (Below threshold)
kim:

Oh, that Sandy, what a careless guy. Always leaving loaded guns around. We all thought it was hilarious.
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Times like this that comple... (Below threshold)
kim:

Times like this that completely blow all his credibility also reveal what a cheap trick yielding the occasional point is. Just an extra heapin' helpin' of bogus sophistry.
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"I don't think there's a mo... (Below threshold)
Robert:

"I don't think there's a more sinister example of abuse of governmental power."

Ever heard of the war in Iraq?

Ever heard of the ... (Below threshold)
Ever heard of the war in Iraq?

You mean the war authorized by Congress?

How about investigating som... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

How about investigating some of his own parties coruption and fruad

Don't you all ever get tire... (Below threshold)
Rich:

Don't you all ever get tired of re-affirming what you already believe?

Liberalism's Big Brother? Who is that exactly? Last time I checked, Bushie is the one spying on us and expending Medicare...




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