No, the bill doesn’t enforce open censorship yet, but that’s never how it starts. As the recent hysteria over the fake story about Ukraine Jew registration reminds us of the real history of anti-Semitism, you first start identifying and marginalizing your targets before you start killing them. So likewise, the Hate Crime Reporting Act of 2014 demands the tracking of so-called “hate speech” without any enforcement yet.
From Inside Radio:
If Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) were looking for a way to rile talk radio hosts, their Hate Crimes Reporting Act seems like a good way to get the job done. With bills in the House and Senate, the lawmakers would direct the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to “analyze” media outlets — including radio — to determine if they’re working to “advocate and encourage” hate crimes.
Tying their bill to this week’s alleged white supremacist shootings in Kansas, Markey says it is “critical to ensure the internet, television and radio are not encouraging hate crimes or hate speech.” He brushes aside expected First Amendment arguments, saying “criminal and hateful activity” isn’t covered by the Constitution. The bill would look closely at discussions related to gender, race, religion, ethnicity and sexual orientation. It doesn’t propose any specific penalties but instead would collect information and report the findings to congressional oversight committees. The NTIA last did such an analysis in 1993.
Amalgamating “criminal and hateful activity” is an obvious ruse. Tautologically, criminal activity is illegal. But there are all kinds of hateful activity, especially speech, that are completely outside the range of government jurisdiction. In the case of speech, this point is embodied as the fundamental law of the land in the First Amendment.
Basically, Markey wants a tax-fed and official version of the Southern Poverty Law Center. We pay taxes to the government supposedly bound by the First Amendment and the government manufactures libel to blame Christians for alleged “hate crimes” (while actually inspiring hate crimes). It gives the government a new tool to force an “orthodoxy” on the populace in the name of a recent crime that had absolutely nothing to do with talk radio.
Consider how insane Markey’s and Jeffries’ priorities are. The internet is full of porn that could be used to inspire all sort of sexual violence. And, in fact, people convicted of sexual violence are virtually always found to be heavy porn viewers. But is any of that being targeted by Liberals? Of course not! The First Amendment, probably inaccurately, is played up as an absolute protection.
But messages about gender or sexual orientation can be targeted? That is insane.
One nice thing about this dangerous and un-American Senate bill is that it shows a few Liberals are not fake. Alan Colmes writes in the Huffington Post:
Democrats Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Hakeem Jeffries of New York want to clamp down on what can be said on radio under the rubric of “hate speech,” and it’s a terrible idea. Government should stay as far away from broadcast content as possible. And who will define “hate speech?” Hate speech can be anything you disagree with. It can be speech directed at a person who is offended. There is no asterisk in the Constitution that says “except for hate speech.”