The Far Left is desperate, and afraid, and that spells trouble for lovers of Freedom of Speech everywhere.
Talk radio, cable news, and the blogosphere freed U.S. political discourse, and Liberals won't let this continue without a fight.
Brian C. Anderson, in the City Journal, lays it all out quite clearly:
The rise of alternative media—political talk radio in the eighties, cable news in the nineties, and the blogosphere in the new millennium—has broken the liberal monopoly over news and opinion outlets. The Left understands acutely the implications of this revolution, blaming much of the Democratic Party’s current electoral trouble on the influence of the new media’s vigorous conservative voices. Instead of fighting back with ideas, however, today’s liberals quietly, relentlessly, and illiberally are working to smother this flourishing universe of political discourse under a tangle of campaign-finance and media regulations. Their campaign represents the most sustained attack on free political speech in the United States since the 1798 Alien and Sedition Acts. Though Republicans have the most to lose in the short run, all Americans who care about our most fundamental rights and the civic health of our democracy need to understand what’s going on—and resist it.
Read the whole essay: The Plot to Shush Rush and O'Reilly.
A Tip of the Hat to Instapundit.