A few days ago I made a joke – or so I thought. I suggested that with “newspapers” like our local Beacon, the Boston Glob, the NY Slimes, and many others failing across the land, Obama would try to take them over as “too important to fail” – and the program would be called TONs – The Obama News. Suddenly it isn’t a joke anymore.
Can’t you see it playing out? Obama creates a Newspaper Czar – maybe Michael Moore or Dan Rather – to oversee the TONs Program, and each struggling paper would get a new Commissar to replace the current editor. All political and economic news would be filtered through the office of White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. Existing union contracts would give way to the SEIU, and the front page would contain ACORN help wanted ads and cartoons. Don’t even think about the editorial page.
Is this real? Frighteningly it is: “I haven’t seen detailed proposals yet, but I’ll be happy to look at them,” Obama told the editors of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Toledo Blade in an interview.
There is one teensy-weensy problem in this scheme – per the IRS web site: “Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity. Violating this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes.
Somehow I doubt that would stop Herr Obama from turning the TONs program into His Official Propaganda Ministry. Down in Venezuela – Obama’s buddy Hugo Chavez is far less subtle; – he just sends his troops in to take over those newspapers. It is really starting to feel like 1933 again. I’ve gotta start watching what I joke about. TONs of crap!! Grrr!
/s/ Iron Mike
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