Out, Off, End… Goodbye

Quote of the Day: West Virginia Democrat Senator John (Jay) Rockefeller IV:

I hunger for quality news. I’m tired of the Right and the Left. There’s a little bug inside of me which wants to get the FCC to say to FOX, and to, to MSNBC: "Out, off, end… Goodbye.”  [It would] be a big favor to political discourse, our ability to do our work here in Congress — and to the American people to be able to talk with each other and have some faith in their government, and in their  – more importantly – in their future. 

(U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology & the Internet, hearing on Cable & Broadcast TV Carriage Negotiations, Nov. 17th, 2010)

Translation: “The liberal political establishment is very concerned that a lot of good politicians just lost their jobs because the voters were agitated. This is unacceptable. Maintaining the status quo demands that the voters be pacified, and that requires securing a propaganda echo chamber to guide our public dialog. Dissent must be banished. For the sake of the appearance of fairness, we will sacrifice a noisy and ill-mannered ally to “balance” the necessary crushing of our critics. That will make us appear “moderate” to the average stooge. Only when the voices of serious disagreement have been silenced can we proceed in peace and quiet to quibble over whether or not the prevailing Progressive view of society needs to be more Progressive.”