If you haven’t heard of SOPA or NDAA or any other major piece of legislation that threatens your liberty, it’s probably because you get your information from the evening news. There is a concerted effort underway to keep you in the dark on issues that matter most. It’s officially time to rethink your decision every night to tune into the mainstream media for your information. Here are the facts; I, for one, believe you still deserve to know them.
Media Matters conducted a study
on what mainstream media outlets (MSNBC, Fox News, ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN) were covering in their evening news from October 26, 2011 (the day SOPA was introduced in the House) to January 12, 2012. The findings were disturbing, to say the least, but not surprising for those that have been paying attention. There were 47 segments run about the British Royal Family, 41 segments about Tim Tebow, 14 went to Casey Anthony, 13 for Alec Baldwin’s plane incident, and 9 to Kim Kardashian’s divorce. And how many for SOPA and PIPA, legislation that the co-founder of Google, Sergey Brin, has warned
will “put us on a par with the most oppressive nations in the world”? Guesses? 50 segments? 55? No, for something so important, it must be at least 60. 60? Sadly, no. The number of segments on SOPA = 2.
The media would have you believe that the British Royal Family’s comings and goings are more important than knowing about a bill that could effectively shut down free speech on the internet. They literally report on things as trivial as Kate Middleton refusing to eat “peanut paste” because it might mean she’s pregnant. ABC’s Duncan Larcombereported
, “The tiniest hint like this could be massive, and we’ll always look for those.” It is time to face reality: this is no accident. There are no longer mainstream networks who are fighting to bring information to light and to the people.
So what could be the reason for the media’s blackout on SOPA? Take a look
at the U.S. House of Representatives website for your answer. The parent companies of these networks, as well as two of the networks themselves, are listed there as official “supporters” of SOPA.
It makes one wonder what else these networks are “supporters” of — both officially and unofficially? NDAA? War? Status-quo politicians? We do know, as has been proved time and again, that the networks do not support Ron Paul. There are countless examples, but one more never hurts. Fox
has reported this week that South Carolina is a closed primary, which in fact, it is not. It is open to all those democrats and independents who love Ron Paul. So if Paul is the Champion of the Constitution, liberty, and peace, it seems safe to assume that the networks are not official supporters of those things.
Luckily, in this fight for the internet to remain free, citizens are not alone. Some of the biggest corporations in the world are out there fighting the same fight: Google, Twitter, and Facebook to name a few. Wikipedia, the sixth most popular website in the world, is going “dark” tomorrow, for 24 hours in an unprecedented move to bring awareness to the masses. It sees the media’s blackout, and will raise a blackout. Boing Boing, Reddit, and many others are joining them. But this is no reason to get complacent about doing something about it yourself. SOPA may have been shelved for now, but PIPA, its Senate companion bill is to be voted on
a week from today, January 24th. From President Obama’s statement
of concerns about the bills over the weekend, we know that he still wants anti-piracy legislation passed this year:
That is why the Administration calls on all sides to work together to pass sound legislation this year that provides prosecutors and rights holders new legal tools to combat online piracy originating beyond U.S. borders while staying true to the principles outlined above in this response.
The reality is that we don’t think SOPA is going away, and PIPA is still quite active. Moreover, SOPA and PIPA are just indicators of a much broader problem. All around the world, we’re seeing the development of legislation intended to fight online piracy, and regulate the Internet in other ways, that hurt online freedoms. Our concern extends beyond SOPA and PIPA: they are just part of the problem. We want the Internet to remain free and open, everywhere, for everyone.
Just consider what is at stake. If free speech is done away with on the internet, what will we be left with? How would we find out about what’s important? How free will we be then — with the government free to spy on its citizens, able to lock us up without trial, and no access to what is really happening in Washington and around the country? The media is not actually part of government, despite appearances, and we can’t just vote them out when they tell lies or withhold critical information. What we can do is tell everyone we know about it. Not just friends who already know about this, but share with our parents and grandparents as well — people who still value a free society.
It is hard to believe Americans are really so eager to have a royal family of their own that when presented with the truth, they won’t fight for their liberties and their Constitution. But they need to be informed. Forget the mainstream media. You and I are the watchdogs now.
To learn more about SOPA
, and NDAA
click on these links. They won’t be available tomorrow.
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