I’d Like You All To Shut Up

by A.P. Dillon | December 12th, 2013

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I'd Like You All To Shut Up

Today I’d like you all to shut up. Yes, I just said shut up. I’d like to open with a flash­back from Andrew Kla­van from four years ago:

Shut Up.
It’s the main tac­tic of the Left and has been for some time now. A tac­tic I and oth­ers have dubbed “Shutup­pery”. Shutup­pery, like most silenc­ing tac­tics, has its roots in Polit­i­cal Cor­rect­ness. For those of you not famil­iar with the story about how Shutup­pery was employed on yours truly, let me sum­ma­rize for you.

I was doxed a few months ago by a group of “demo­c­rat recruiters” on Twit­ter along­side fel­low blog­ger Sis­ter Told­jah. This was done with the express pur­pose of get­ting me to shut up. The full details can be reviewed in my arti­cle, #Shutup­pery and the Drums of War, wherein Stacy McCain came out fir­ing with both bar­rels in our defense. Twitchy was not far behind in cov­er­ing the story.

Shutup­pery On The Fed­eral Level

Now that you’re up to speed, let’s talk a moment about the move to employ Shutup­pery to blog­gers in gen­eral. I’m talk­ing about the pro­posed Media Shield Law being floated in the Sen­ate. The law, in essence, would cre­ate a rent-​seeking class of jour­nal­ists as the gov­ern­ment would be able to pick and choose who qual­i­fies as ‘real reporters’. Not shock­ing is that this bill is co-​sponsored by Chuck Schumer and Lind­sey Gra­ham. Diane Fein­stein is also on board as Doug Ross observes:

Sen­a­tor Diane Fein­stein has taken up the fight for truth and lib­erty, just as she has done for health care and the wide­spread dis­ar­ma­ment of Amer­i­can citizens.

This month Con­gress has been debat­ing a new media shield law, which accord­ing to its authors, aims to pro­tect jour­nal­ists and blog­gers from being forced to tes­tify about their work should their sources or infor­ma­tion come into question.

But Diane Fein­stein has refused to sup­port the bill, not­ing that the law would essen­tially grant this shield priv­i­lege to any­one who chooses to share their opin­ion on the inter­net (includ­ing those pajama sport­ing blog­gers and news aggre­ga­tors work­ing out of their basements).

But because free­dom of speech, as inter­preted by Fein­stein, is noth­ing more than a priv­i­lege granted to us by her and her ilk in Con­gress, she has taken steps to ensure that only those jour­nal­ists sanc­tioned by the gov­ern­ment will be pro­tected by the new shield laws.

Read the whole thing.

Going one step fur­ther, Fein­stein has out­right said she does not believe blog­gers to be ‘real reporters’ and seem­ingly believes the First Amend­ment does not apply to all cit­i­zens. In short, Sen. Fein­stein wants to reg­u­late the right to free speech. This is Shutup­pery on a breath­tak­ing scale.

Most Shutup­pery Trans­par­ent Admin­is­tra­tion Ever

Now con­sider the lengths to which this admin­is­tra­tion has gone after those who, accord­ing to Schumer and com­pany, would likely be ‘real reporters’. The most trans­par­ent admin­is­tra­tion in his­tory has a chill­ing record of employ­ing Shutup­pery when it comes to the press, includ­ing secretly pulling phone records and spy­ing on them. One has to take pause when an admin­is­tra­tion is actively seek­ing to silence the media which has so ardently defended them over the last four years.

Reminder: By the way, the guy who made the YouTube video that didn’t cause Beng­hazi just got a year in jail.

Related Read: Free Speech In Obama’s America

Indeed, the Pres­i­dent him­self launched an assault on Blog­gers back in Octo­ber when the gov­ern­ment Shut Down ended. In his press con­fer­ence, Obama employed Shutup­pery, stat­ingall of us need to stop focus­ing on the lob­by­ists and the blog­gers and the talk­ing heads on radio and the pro­fes­sional activists who profit from con­flict…

This from the man who never lets a good cri­sis go to waste.

Remem­ber Obama’s ver­bal attack on blog­gers when media shield comes back up and gov’t argues why it should decide who is a “journalist.”

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) Octo­ber 172013

@DLoesch That imme­di­ately came to mind the moment I heard what he said. #Shutup­pery on the Fed­eral Level. — LL1885 — A.P. Dil­lon (@LadyLiberty1885) Octo­ber 172013

Shutup­pery On The State Level

A case to also con­sider, which hasn’t got­ten a lot of atten­tion is that of Jana Win­ter. It would prob­a­bly be naïve to think there wasn’t any pres­sure being exerted from higher up on this case. Via Busi­ness Insider:

The 16-​month saga of Fox News reporter Jana Win­ter is about to reach its boil­ing point on Tues­day, when the New York Court of Appeals will decide whether a New York state law pro­tects Win­ter from reveal­ing con­fi­den­tial sources in her report­ing on accused Aurora, Colo., the­ater shooter James Holmes. 

On July 25, 2012, Win­ter wrote an exclu­sive story that detailed a chill­ing note­book Holmes mailed to a Uni­ver­sity of Col­orado psy­chol­o­gist that was “full of details about how he was going to kill peo­ple.” That came before he allegedly killed 12 peo­ple and injured dozens in a shoot­ing dur­ing a mid­night show­ing of “The Dark Knight Rises” on July 202012.

The prob­lem is that the note­book wasn’t intended to be pub­lic, and the defense con­tends that its release is inter­fer­ing with their abil­ity to get a fair trial. They want her to tes­tify at a hear­ing that would get to the bot­tom of who leaked the infor­ma­tion in the notebook.

Now, the New York Court of Appeals’ deci­sion as to whether Win­ter will be com­pelled to tes­tify could have a pro­found effect on news­gath­er­ing and pro­tec­tions for jour­nal­ists — all in the name of doing their job.

Update: Court rules Win­ters can­not be forced to reveal sources

Think about this. A reporter with sup­posed pro­tec­tions is now being rail­roaded because author­i­ties couldn’t shake loose her sources on their own. The pro­posed Media Shield Law would make cer­tain there was no strug­gle, because if they can already do this to Win­ter — a cre­den­tialed employee of FOX news — they can do it to any­one.

There’s a cot­tage indus­try work­ing to label report­ing and reporters that they wish to squelch as “con­tro­ver­sial.” It’s a clever PR tactic… — Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) Decem­ber 102013

But as soon as they think you rec­og­nize it, they’ll change it up. Peo­ple are get­ting paid a lot of money to work on these tactics.

— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) Decem­ber 102013

By the way, if you live in Mary­land and are a reporter or blog­ger, start­ing in 2014 you will need to undergo an exten­sive back­ground check if you are going to cover the Gen­eral Assem­bly. No, not kid­ding.

In con­clu­sion, I refer back to the open­ing of this arti­cle and polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness with a quote from Theodore Dalrymple:

“Polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness is com­mu­nist pro­pa­ganda. In my study of com­mu­nist soci­eties, I came to the con­clu­sion that the pur­pose of com­mu­nist pro­pa­ganda was not to per­suade or con­vince, nor to inform, but to humil­i­ate; and there­fore, the less it cor­re­sponded to real­ity the bet­ter. When peo­ple are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvi­ous lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies them­selves, they lose once and for all their sense of pro­bity. To assent to obvi­ous lies is to co-​operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil one­self. One’s stand­ing to resist any­thing is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A soci­ety of emas­cu­lated liars is easy to con­trol. I think if you exam­ine polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness, it has the same effect and is intended to.”

Or shorter: “Polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness is tyranny with man­ners.” - Charl­ton Heston 

It would fol­low that Shutup­pery is tyranny with­out man­ners. Any­way, just shut up.

A.P. Dil­lon (Lady Lib­erty 1885), is a Con­ser­v­a­tive minded wife and mother liv­ing in the Tri­an­gle area of North Car­olina. A.P. Dil­lon founded the blog LadyLib​er​ty1885​.com in 2009. After the 2012 elec­tion, she added an Instapun­dit style blog called The Con­Mom Blog. Mrs. Dillon’s writ­ing can also be found at Stop​Com​mon​CoreNC​.org, Watch­dog­WireNC and Wiz­Bang. Non-​political writ­ing projects include sci­ence fic­tion novel­las that are, as of yet, unpub­lished. Her cur­rent writ­ing project is a children’s book series.

Today I’d like you all to shut up. Yes, I just said shut up. I’d like to open with a flashback from Andrew Klavan from four years ago:

 

Shut Up.
It’s the main tactic of the Left and has been for some time now. A tactic I and others have dubbed “Shutuppery”. Shutuppery, like most silencing tactics, has its roots in Political Correctness. For those of you not familiar with the story about how Shutuppery was employed on yours truly, let me summarize for you.

I was doxed a few months ago by a group of “democrat recruiters” on Twitter alongside fellow blogger Sister Toldjah.  This was done with the express purpose of getting me to shut up.  The full details can be reviewed in my article, #Shutuppery and the Drums of War, wherein Stacy McCain came out firing with both barrels in our defense. Twitchy was not far behind in covering the story.

 

Shutuppery On The Federal Level

Now that you’re up to speed, let’s talk a moment about the move to employ Shutuppery to bloggers in general. I’m talking about the proposed Media Shield Law being floated in the Senate. The law, in essence, would create a rent-seeking class of journalists as the government would be able to pick and choose who qualifies as ‘real reporters’. Not shocking is that this bill is co-sponsored by Chuck Schumer and Lindsey Graham. Diane Feinstein is also on board as Doug Ross observes:

Senator Diane Feinstein has taken up the fight for truth and liberty, just as she has done for health care and the widespread disarmament of American citizens.

This month Congress has been debating a new media shield law, which according to its authors, aims to protect journalists and bloggers from being forced to testify about their work should their sources or information come into question.

But Diane Feinstein has refused to support the bill, noting that the law would essentially grant this shield privilege to anyone who chooses to share their opinion on the internet (including those pajama sporting bloggers and news aggregators working out of their basements).

But because freedom of speech, as interpreted by Feinstein, is nothing more than a privilege granted to us by her and her ilk in Congress, she has taken steps to ensure that only those journalists sanctioned by the government will be protected by the new shield laws.

Read the whole thing.

Going one step further, Feinstein has outright said she does not believe bloggers to be ‘real reporters’ and seemingly believes the First Amendment does not apply to all citizens.  In short, Sen. Feinstein wants to regulate the right to free speech. This is Shutuppery on a breathtaking scale.

 

Most Shutuppery Transparent Administration Ever

Now consider the lengths to which this administration has gone after those who, according to Schumer and company, would likely be ‘real reporters’. The most transparent administration in history has a chilling record of employing Shutuppery when it comes to the press, including secretly pulling phone records and spying on them. One has to take pause when an administration is actively seeking to silence the media which has so ardently defended them over the last four years.

Reminder: By the way, the guy who made the YouTube video that didn’t cause Benghazi just got a year in jail.

Related Read: Free Speech In Obama’s America

Indeed, the President himself launched an assault on Bloggers back in October when the government Shut Down ended.  In his press conference, Obama employed Shutuppery, statingall of us need to stop focusing on the lobbyists and the bloggers and the talking heads on radio and the professional activists who profit from conflict…

This from the man who never lets a good crisis go to waste.

Remember Obama’s verbal attack on bloggers when media shield comes back up and gov’t argues why it should decide who is a “journalist.”

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) October 17, 2013

 

@DLoesch That immediately came to mind the moment I heard what he said. #Shutuppery on the Federal Level. — LL1885 – A.P. Dillon (@LadyLiberty1885) October 17, 2013

 

Shutuppery On The State Level

A case to also consider, which hasn’t gotten a lot of attention is that of Jana Winter.  It would probably be naive to think there wasn’t any pressure being exerted from higher up on this case. Via Business Insider:

The 16-month saga of Fox News reporter Jana Winter is about to reach its boiling point on Tuesday, when the New York Court of Appeals will decide whether a New York state law protects Winter from revealing confidential sources in her reporting on accused Aurora, Colo., theater shooter James Holmes. 

On July 25, 2012, Winter wrote an exclusive story that detailed a chilling notebook Holmes mailed to a University of Colorado psychologist that was “full of details about how he was going to kill people.” That came before he allegedly killed 12 people and injured dozens in a shooting during a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” on July 20, 2012.

The problem is that the notebook wasn’t intended to be public, and the defense contends that its release is interfering with their ability to get a fair trial. They want her to testify at a hearing that would get to the bottom of who leaked the information in the notebook.

Now, the New York Court of Appeals’ decision as to whether Winter will be compelled to testify could have a profound effect on newsgathering and protections for journalists — all in the name of doing their job.

Update: Court rules Winters cannot be forced to reveal sources

Think about this. A reporter with supposed protections is now being railroaded because authorities couldn’t shake loose her sources on their own. The proposed Media Shield Law would make certain there was no struggle, because if they can already do this to Winter – a credentialed employee of FOX news – they can do it to anyone.

There’s a cottage industry working to label reporting and reporters that they wish to squelch as “controversial.” It’s a clever PR tactic… — Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) December 10, 2013

But as soon as they think you recognize it, they’ll change it up. People are getting paid a lot of money to work on these tactics.

— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) December 10, 2013

 

By the way, if you live in Maryland and are a reporter or blogger, starting in 2014 you will need to undergo an extensive background check if you are going to cover the General Assembly.  No, not kidding.

In conclusion, I refer back to the opening of this article and political correctness with a quote from Theodore Dalrymple:

“Political correctness is communist propaganda. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.”

Or shorter: “Political correctness is tyranny with manners.” - Charlton Heston 

It would follow that Shutuppery is tyranny without manners.  Anyway, just shut up.

 

 

 

A.P. Dillon (Lady Liberty 1885), is a Conservative minded wife and mother living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. A.P. Dillon founded the blog LadyLiberty1885.com in 2009. After the 2012 election, she added an Instapundit style blog called The ConMom Blog. Mrs. Dillon’s writing can also be found at StopCommonCoreNC.org, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang. Non-political writing projects include science fiction novellas that are, as of yet, unpublished. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.

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