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Kiver: Three things Capitol Hill Republicans can do to end war on conservative media

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The mainstream media has been waging a war on conservatives for the better part of the decade, but the intensity is now at an all-time high with the election of President Donald J. Trump.

Today, the message of limited government is being silenced on television, targeted through taxation, and even the subject of attack from so-called independent government agencies.

This consumer access problem may be snowballing, but that is not to say Capitol Hill conservatives are not strong enough to roll it back.

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Conservatives outside of Washington have a right to be frustrated. The Republican Party controls both the executive and legislative branches, but with the liberal stranglehold on the mainstream media, the hapless Republicans hold all the cards and still fold.

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Here are three essential steps Capitol Hill conservatives can take to rebalance leftwing domination of our mass communications grid.

1. End the government created broadcast monopolies

 Why are there an overwhelming number of liberal television outlets but only one major conservative source? It is not just a matter of having public demand – after all, self-identified Republicans outnumber Democrats by an 11-point margin – it is also a question of who has the most money and best rapport with powerful, unelected bureaucrats.

The reason cable news is dominated by just a few behemoths is that no one can establish a new broadcast organization without federal approval and the payment of sizeable dues to Uncle Sam. Many would assume that puts – you guessed it – liberals – in a better position for success.

The left also maintains its media empire due to regulatory schemes, including ceilings on a number of stations broadcasters can control and restrictions on television stations’ sharing of advertising revenue.

Thankfully, today is a more promising time than ever for reform. Ajit Pai, Trump’s like-minded Federal Communications Commission head, has already spent some time removing red tape, allowing right-leaning companies like Sinclair Broadcasting Group to expand.

However, Congress and the White House should pressure him to go even further and make leveling the broadcasting playing field a hallmark of his tenure at the commission.

2. Kill the proposed advertising tax

 The rise of the Internet has certainly helped conservatives cut through the several decades’ old media cartel to reach their audience with fewer disruptions – however, resurrecting an old tax idea in Congress has the potential to change that.

As part of the upcoming 2017 tax reform proposal, some in Congress are reportedly looking at adopting old provisions from a 2014 tax reform blueprint championed by former congressman David L. Camp, then-chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

In his blueprint, the Michigan Republican proposed an advertising tax. This levy changes advertising from being a normal, 100 percent deductible annual business expense to one that is only 50 percent deductible, with the remaining 50 percent amortized over 10 years.

If passed, this provision will be a disaster for the right-leaning media. Conservatives receive their news from online news sites, blogs, and other internet platforms at a disproportionate rate than liberals.

At the same time, the party of limited government also dominates the radio talk show circuit – another industry heavily dependent on advertising. While this tax will do little damage to The New York Times or The Washington Post, it will likely serve a hard blow to some of the Reaganesque print and broadcast outlets that cannot afford to wait ten years to receive their money back. As such, Congress and the “Big Six” tax reform panel should squish the idea while it still can.

3. De-politicize the Federal Election Commission

Apparently, even independent agencies are after the conservative message.

In what many consider an effort to reduce the power of conservative media, Ellen Weintraub, a Democrat FEC commissioner, has spearheaded an inquisition into the ad revenue sources for news sites like the Drudge Report.

Weintraub alleges her goal is to crack down on possible foreign influencers in the 2017 presidential election.

Translation: She wants to use the Russia hysteria in the political arena as an excuse to launch her own series of purges and show trials right-leaning news outlets.

Trump already took steps to mitigate partisan interest peddling at the commission this month. He recently nominated Republican Trey Trainor to fill one of the vacancies. Once Trainor is confirmed, and Republican Matthew Petersen leaves for his judgeship, the Republicans will hold their 3-1.

With conservatives dominating the FEC, there is likely nothing to worry about for the time being. However, the second we go back to a deadlocked commission, as is intended, we will almost certainly see more liberal decision-making – whether there are more case studies in having a stricter set of rules for Fox News than CNN or progressive commissioners unilaterally expanding the jurisdiction of the FEC to hurt Trump.

Conclusion

Fending off the war on the conservative media may be an uphill battle, but conservatives have faced and overcome hard tough odds before.

Washington bureaucrats can temporarily limit free speech and free markets – sure – but no one can kill ideas and strong political movements with a regulatory wand. Passion wins battles, and conservatives have plenty of it, along with complete control of Washington.

Now is not the time for Capitol Hill conservatives to give up. The time to win this fight is now.

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Louie Gohmert Blames Mask Usage for COVID-19 Diagnosis, Plans to Take Hydroxychloroquine to Treat Virus

The mask may have caused him to catch the Chinavirus.

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Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19, which the fake news media has attributed to his lack of using a face mask.

However, Gohmert says he tested positive for the disease after complying with mask mandates more than ever. He feels the mask usage did not protect him from getting the virus and may have even contributed to it.

He told reporters that it is “ironic” that he would catch COVID-19 now “because a lot of people have made a big deal out of my not wearing a mask a whole lot, but in the last week or two I have worn a mask more than I have in the whole last four months.”

“I can’t help but wonder if by keeping a mask on and keeping it in place, if I might have put some germs, some of the virus on the mask and breathed it in,” Gohmert said.

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Democrats are chiding Gohmert because he has talked against lockdown policies, mask mandates, and more overreach implemented because of COVID-19 mass hysteria.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that she is “sorry for my members, who are concerned because he has been showing up at meetings without a mask and making a thing of it.”

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) added that he is “concerned about the irresponsible behavior of many of the Republicans who have chosen to consistently flout well-established public health guidance perhaps out of fealty to their boss, Donald Trump, who is the head of the anti-mask movement in America.”

Big League Politics has reported on how the mass hysteria has caused Americans to turn on their heritage of freedom and liberty to support forcible unconstitutional mandates:

A new poll from Morning Consult/Politico reveals that a solid majority of Americans support a mask mandate that would implement fines of jail time for those that refuse to wear masks in public places.

The asks registered voters if they’d support a mandated implemented by their state government. 72% of of responding registered voters stated that they’d “strongly” or “somewhat” support a state-implemented mask mandate that is punishable by jail time or fines.

The poll asked the following question.

Based on what you know about the COVID-19 pandemic (coronavirus), would you support or oppose your state instituting a face mask mandate in public spaces, where not wearing a mask could be punishable by fine or jail time?

Curiously, Baby Boomers, one of America’s most conservative voting demographics, support a mask mandate most strenuously. 78% of Boomers support the mask mandate. Millennials (68%) and Generation Z (63%) support it the least, although wide majorities still do.

Democrats support the mask mandate in almost unanimous fashion, with 86% of them supporting it. A solid majority of Republicans support mandatory masks as well, with a majority of 58%.

There simply is widespread public support for wearing a mask and taking limited measures to deter the spread of coronavirus in the United States. Republicans and conservatives risk alienating such popular sentiment at their own electoral peril.

Gohmert plans to take hydroxychloroquine in order to treat COVID-19 and fend off potential symptoms.

“My doctor and I are all in, and I got a text just before I came on from a dear friend, [a] doctor, who just found out he had it, and he said he started a HCQ [hydroxychloroquine] regimen, too,” Gohmert said while appearing on Fox News.

“I got a tiny little taste of what you and the president get every day,” Gohmert said to host Sean Hannity, “The left went nuts.”

Gohmert hopes to be among the 99.7 percent of coronavirus sufferers who recover from the disease.

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