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Robert McChesney’s War On The First Amendment

Posted By Matthew Vadum On October 12, 2009 @ 7:22 am In NewsReal Blog | No Comments

Robert McChesney, former editor of Monthly Review, a leading Marxist publication, has dangerously close ties to the Obama administration, Glenn Beck said on his TV show last week. McChesney created the “media reform” organization Free Press, and served on the board of Norman Solomon’s Institute for Public Accuracy. He remains on the board of Monthly Review, which has a half-century history of supporting Communist movements and regimes.

Echoing President Obama’s media diversity czar Mark Lloyd, McChesney supports Venezuela’s Marxist strongman Hugo Chavez and that country’s crackdown on the media. He even argued that owners of an opposition TV station that had been critical of Chavez should be arrested for treason.

Referring to the United States, McChesney has said

Any serious effort to reform the media system would have to be necessarily part of a revolutionary program to overthrow the capitalist system itself. Also, there is no real answer, but to remove, brick by brick, the capitalist system itself, rebuilding the entire society on socialist principles.

“Well, why not? We’re all socialists now,” Beck added mockingly. “We need to do whatever we can to limit capitalist propaganda, regulate it, minimize it, and perhaps even eliminate it.” Beck quoted McChesney again: “The fight against hyper-commercialism becomes especially pronounced in the area of digital communications.” McChesney wants to “reform” the Internet too, he noted.

“Here is yet another far-left radical who hates capitalism,” Beck said.

Beck explained that McChesney’s Free Press group worked with Obama to help develop his tech policies. Free Press has had at least three meetings now with the Federal Communications Commission to work on new Internet regulations. FCC chairman Julius Genachowski chose Free Press spokeswoman Jen Howard as his press secretary.

Free Press also put out an anti-free speech tract called “The Structural Imbalance of Talk Radio.” Of Free Press, Beck said:

They do know Mark Lloyd, because that’s the book that Mark Lloyd — and in that book they argued for the government to remedy the problem of conservative voices on talk radio by, among other things, forcing commercial owners who fail to abide by their rules to pay a fee that would subsidize public broadcasting.


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