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<h2><font color=#003399>Dean: Smash Uppity Media Outlets; "Soviet Union" Key to Iran</font></h2>
A lot of Democrats, who know that Howard Dean will bring them a combination of the McGovern and Carter defeats, are scared to death that he's going to get their party's nomination. One such lucid Democrat observer is Zach Jones who details why Dean can't win in the Yale Daily News. Even the Democratic Party's willing accomplices in the media can't forever cover major stumbles such as this one from Dean on Monday's Hardball with Chris Matthews:
“Iran is a more complex problem because the problem is not as clearly verifiable as it is in North Korea. Also, we have less - fewer levers. The key, I believe, to Iran is pressure through the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union is supplying much of the equipment that Iran, I believe, most likely is using to set itself along the path of developing nuclear weapons. We need to use that leverage with the Soviet Union and it may require us buying the equipment the Soviet Union was ultimately going to sell to Iran to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons."
The Soviet Union has, of course, been defunct for a dozen years - yet it's the cornerstone of Dean's plan to deal with Iran - which he says is our top foreign policy threat! "Oh, Rush, he clearly meant Russia." Maybe, but what if George W. Bush had said this on the campaign trail? President Gerald Ford saw his campaign go up in smoke simply for saying that the people of Eastern Europe had an indomitable spirit in such a way that he seemed clueless about Soviet power over that region. The media is no longer able to cover up such fodder for the opposition. So what do Dean and the Democrats do, get better? No! They set out to limit who can speak, where and when!
They've done such with campaign finance reform, but also with this offensive to require "equal time" on radio and television stations - which effectively ends all opinion on radio because it's simply impossible to give every point of view equal time. Dean told Matthews that he would "break up giant media enterprises," but not all - citing General Electric as one he would leave alone. No shock that GE owns the Democrat-friendly NBC family of networks. Dean's ignorance of how people get their news - and hostility towards letting them choose it - is truly frightening, as is his quip that he'd break up Fox News Channel "on ideological grounds." Imagine the outrage if Bush made a similar statement about CNN!
Once again, a Democrat has stated that the First Amendment's free speech clause needs to have limits, because people that they can't defeat in the arena of ideas are racking up too many wins. We have thousands more channels today than we did before radio and TV were deregulated! That means thousands of more choices for the consumer. Ah, but that's the problem for Howard Dean and other Democrats. They don't like alternate viewpoints despite their rhetoric to the contrary. They pine for the days when there were three broadcast news organizations, and Democratic candidates could meet up for a cup of coffee at Zabar's and decide what stories would be covered how.
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