Obama’s Next Play – The Newspapers?

Posted September 21st, 2009 by Iron Mike

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 TONsThe Obama News.  Suddenly it isn’t a joke anymore.

 2MD DingbatsThe two Moonbat Senators from Maryland – Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski have introduced S. 673 – their “Newspaper Revitalization Act” which would allow failing papers to restructure themselves as 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit corporations.  These two dingbats are worried about the Baltimore Sun – now struggling for circulation where few city dwellers can actually read,  and where those who can get their news from the internet.  The Baltimore Examiner has closed.

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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One Response to “Obama’s Next Play – The Newspapers?”

  1. Rational Nation USA

    You have it about right Iron Mike. The current privately owned government media complex, which has been alive and well for some time, is in serious consideration for nationalization.

    I guess we knew it wouldn’t end with the bailouts and the auto industry now didn’t we?

    We are witnessing the complete socialist/statist takeover of our republic. It is only going to get worse I am afraid.

    Oops, better watch what I say. The Imperial President, Mr. Obamanation or his goons may be watching.