Now She’s All “Free-Enterprise”

Spend a hundred hears arguing about the stupid hamfistedness of most anti-trust legislation?


But let an institution that supports liberal politicans feel the pain, and suddenly every liberal demigogue is a hardened free marketeer:

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, released by Pelosi’s office late Monday, the San Francisco Democrat asked the department to weigh the public benefit of saving The Chronicle and other papers from closure against the agency’s antitrust mission to guard against anti-competitive behavior.”We must ensure that our policies enable our news organizations to survive and to engage in the news gathering and analysis that the American people expect,” Pelosi wrote.

Deep down inside, I think this statement is hilarious; the American people “expect” that newspapers will buff Nancy Pelosi’s toenails for her.  It’s one of the reasons they’re voting with their feet; it’s one of the reasons conservative talk radio is thriving as newspapers are dying.

And I wonder if some congressional bureaucrat was going for laughs when he or she named this subcommittee (emphasis added):

The speaker said the issue of newspapers’ survival and antitrust law will be the subject of a hearing soon before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy, chaired by Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga.

Some yuks just come to you.

Why do I suspect the committee’s recommendation will be “while we’re trying to clamp socialism’s lumpen gray veil down over the the rest of the country, we need to make sure reflexively liberal-leaning institutions get the blessings of free enterprise”.

8 thoughts on “Now She’s All “Free-Enterprise”

  1. The LA Times is reporting that Conservative Radio is on the decline in CA.,0,39114.story

    Might be any number of reasons for this and it might be that the LA Times is misrepresenting the facts or reasoning of the stations. The biggest reason might be that Conservative’s are running away from Cali as fast as they can.

    Newspapers on the other hand are a dying medium. They rely upon circulation and ad revenue based upon circulation.

  2. “Spend a hundred hears arguing about the stupid hamfistedness of most anti-trust legislation?”

    So I guess you liked having two choices of Soviet-style rotary phones: the black one and the tan one.

    I’m guessing Shiftee had a princess phone.

    AT&T, Standard Oil, U.S. Steel – Mitch hates big government, loves big business. Heck, who cares about competition anyway?

  3. Hey clownie and flash, you love to talk about the Sorosphere. Who knew that the Leftiesphere is the reality? Politico show coordination between journalists themselves and bloggers:

    So now we have bloggers coordinating their messages with the White House. And bloggers coordinating the messages with journalists.

    Perhaps we do need anti-monopoly legislation on journalists!

  4. Kermit, you may have noticed that all the evil things that liberal say conservatives do in government — spy on their political opponents, manipulate the media, shovel taxpayer dollars to their political allies — are in reality done with greater zeal by liberals themselves.
    This means that soon we can expect conservatives to be denied habeus corpus, more election-stealing (like Coleman vs Franken), and, most frightening of all, a crack squad assassination squad that reports only to Joe Biden.

  5. The AT&T breakup seemed to work out. If you can look up phone bills from 1973 (the year AC bought his current wordrobe) and compare to todays prices. But other times…….remember when Roosevelt decided that A&P grovery stores were a monoply destroying the country, so he broke up the company? Yeah, Hitler marching all over Europe, and what is Roosevelt worried about? That a grocery has a sale on canned peaches.

  6. Big auto companies, big investment banks, big insurance companies, ll being saved from their own failures by a democrat presdent, democrat house, and democrat senate.
    Next our liberal government will bail out big journalism at the expense of small-time bloggers.

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