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Another Reason to Abolish the Unconstitutional FCC

I've called many times for the abolition of the FCC.  It's very existence is a blatant violation of the First Amendment, and its insistence that "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of press".

And now we have another reason: the FCC plans to "investigate" Stephen Colbert's comment on The Late Show that Donald Trump is Vladimir Putin's "cock holster".

Over the years, there's has been general agreement, even among those who (wrongly) believe that some Federal regulation of communication is necessary, that protection of political criticism, including satire and hyperbole, is precisely what the First Amendment was most intended and designed to protect.  How else can a democracy run, if comedians cannot take their best shots against government officials, including Presidents?

But we now have a President who, as evidenced in so many ways, is not interested in protecting our democracy and its democratic traditions.  We have a President who has denounced the New York Times and CNN as "fake news," due to their honest reporting of facts he does not like to see.

So we should not be surprised that the FCC in his administration wants to go after a late comedian.   If ever there was a reason to abolish this unconstitutional agency, we have it now.  




This post first appeared on Paul Levinson's Infinite Regress, please read the originial post: here

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