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The Dwindling Freedom of the Press

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RUSH: Here's Scott in Manhattan Beach, California.  Hi, Scott.  Glad you called.  Great to have you.  Hello.

CALLER:  Hi, Rush.  Thanks for taking my call.

RUSH:  You bet, sir!

CALLER:  All right.  I want to try to tie three things together here.  Michelle Obama is taking off today for China with mother and children, and they're not allowing any reporters to go.  Just recently, Russia has shut down several of their websites which I guess are anti-Putin's government. The other thing that Obama has done is taken our control over our Internet and given it to the globalists.  All of this ties into the First Amendment, freedom of the press/speech, and not allowing reporters to go with Michelle Obama. She's not there to give interviews or anything else. So this sounds like it's a completely personal trip, yet they're sending Secret Service and planes and we're paying for it.

RUSH:  Let me throw another one into your mix here.  Have you noticed, Scott and the rest of you, that there is no more investigative journalism taking place?  I mean, that's the reason reporters would want to get into the news business. You know, 60 Minutes, all it did is that. There is no investigative journalism, other than of Republicans. But even that, there isn't any taking place, at all.  The primary reason most journalists go into the business isn't happening.  Scott, hang on.  I want to continue talking to you after the break as we add that little bit to the mix.

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RUSH:  We rejoin Scott in Manhattan Beach, California.  Before I expand on my addition to your scenario, what's the point that you're making?  Okay, no media going with Michelle to ChiComs.

CALLER:  Well, the point that I'm making is that we're losing the First Amendment. And in applying the theorem, right, the Rush-Levin theorem here on Barack Obama, if he can't shut the Internet down, and he gives the Internet control to the world government people --

RUSH:  Yeah.

CALLER:  -- they can shut it down and Obama can say, "I didn't have anything to do with it."  It would be the same thing, you know, you'd shut down the Drudge Report and Breitbart and all the good websites, but further, if Obama decided to give the FCC control to the world government people, he could shut down talk radio.  And now you're looking at him finding ways to just get around this First Amendment.  If the First Lady goes on our dime to China and she's there on vacation, why are we sending Secret Service?  Why are we sending our planes over there and not sending press?

RUSH:  Well, now, now, now. Just because you don't send the press doesn't mean you don't send security for the First Family.

CALLER:  Yeah, I do understand that.  But I'm just saying like there's nothing that they do that's not on our dime.

RUSH:  Oh, there's no question.  I mean, these people are living lavishly like nobody's business on our dime.  But, you know, the media, strangely enough, is like you; they're irritated that they can't go with Michelle.  And some of them are saying that it's an access thing.  Once you lose access, you don't get it back.  Once they establish the precedent that they can go and shut you out, then how do you get back in?  Remember, now, these people want to get in and kiss butt.  They don't want to cause trouble for them, and even at that the Obamas are keeping them out.

CALLER:  Right.  Well, they did recently, the Obama administration, reduce or completely eliminate any photography done by press and the Obama administration will be releasing only their version of photos that they want.

RUSH:  That's right.

CALLER:  And that went quietly underneath the rug, too, and now we're seeing this, and now you're not sending the press with Michelle Obama.

RUSH:  That's right.

CALLER:  Now we're giving up the control of our Internet and I think the FCC --

RUSH:  Well, you know, about that, I'm still not sure what actually has happened.  I'm not sure exactly how much, quote, unquote, control we have given up in this Internet thing.  I don't know if we just gave up the power to determine domain addresses or if it's actually bigger than that.  I haven't been able to find out, but I mean a lot of people agree with you that we're giving away control of the whole thing.

CALLER:  Let me tie this in with something you just said.  Once you give up control, you never get it back.

RUSH:  You never get it back, exactly.  See, here's the thing that people -- you can't make 'em believe it, Scott, no matter what.  They have to live it and experience it in their own way to believe it. We cannot, no matter how good we are, persuade low-information people that we are being governed by people who really don't think this is the greatest place on earth and wouldn't be unhappy if they could undermine it.  You just can't convince people of that.  They have to experience it themselves, be it with Obamacare or whatever else. 

Now, let me add my other ingredient, an observation.  It's a Drudge observation.  It hit him the other day that there is no investigative journalism going on, absolutely none.  It used to be the reason that journalists became journalists.  Investigate people, find powerful people and hold 'em accountable, destroy them, if you can, whatever. You know, 60 Minutes, Woodward and Bernstein, investigative journalism. You walk down the hall of any j-school, ask 'em why they're there and they'll say: "I want to make the world a better place," or "I want to spread equality," or "I want to do investigative journalism."  But that's it.  There isn't any.  Why? 

The reason why is because the Department of Justice, Eric Holder, has made it clear that they will prosecute both the journalists and their sources.  Now, you might say, "Well, nothing new.  They did that to Judith Miller."  Judith Miller was at least doing investigative journalism on what was going on in Iraq and weapons of mass destruction.  There isn't any, and it's not just that the media is treating Obama with kid gloves.  The Snowden thing, look at that.  There's no investigative journalism at all, because they're scared to death. The media's scared to death of the DOJ going after them and their sources.  So add that to everything else you mentioned and Obama is really succeeding at intimidating and distancing the media.  So there really is no legitimate coverage of him.

CALLER:  Okay.  So Eric Holder recently took the FBI off of Harry Reid for not only investigative journalism, we had the FBI starting to probe Harry Reid, and the Department of Justice came in and pulled the FBI off of Harry Reid.

RUSH:  Yeah, and somebody else.  I forget who else.

CALLER:  It was Mike Lee, too, was the other one in the story there.

RUSH:  That's right, the Republican Senator.

CALLER:  So not just investigative journalism, and then you've got Dianne Feinstein, "don't spy on me."

RUSH:  Yeah.  Well, she found they were droning her.

CALLER:  Yeah, something like that.

RUSH:  Yeah, and she didn't care if anybody else gets droned, but once they start droning members of Congress, "Hey, hey," now it's serious, and we gotta shut it down.

CALLER:  Exactly.  Scary stuff.

RUSH:  It is.  It is. Look, I'm glad you called, and I appreciate your patience in hanging on.  

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