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Backfire!

December 14, 2016

OK, this is just delicious, like a sundae with your favorite ice cream with whipped cream and toppings and TWO cherries on top.

Poor planning has poor consequences, and the Democrats are reaping what they’ve sown.

To put it another way, it’s not good to count your chickens before they’ve hatched.

This year there are at least two eggs that didn’t hatch as planned.

First of course is Harry Reid’s nuclear option. No longer does it take 60 votes to confirm a presidential appointee. Oops.

Second, of course is the election result.

So what’s the latest trigger point for the left?

That would be the creation of a propaganda broadcasting czar, er,  chief of broadcasting position being created not by Donald Trump, but Barack Obama and a bipartisan group of lawmakers.

Actually, this didn’t start out as a particularly nefarious or partisan change in policy, and it wasn’t done with an executive order, but through the legislative process.

It has been openly discussed for years that the government’s propaganda arm, (Hush, conspiracy theorists. All governments have them) the Broadcasting Board of Governors, wasn’t effective.

This group is supposed to provide oversight for our overseas information services, such as the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe, once the sole source of information for those living under oppressive governments.

Originally conceived as a way to combat Communist propaganda, the overseas communications effort has long been seen as ineffectual in achieving its mission.

While one reason for that may simply be that many people have other information options, there are still areas where radio is a preferred means of outreach.

In a rare move toward streamlining and perhaps improving something to do with government, the Board is set to be abolished and its oversight and management consolidated under one chief executive who will be, wait for it… a presidential appointee.

Only then, they thought that the president would be Hillary Clinton.

Now the left is freaking out over the change,  loudly proclaiming it a Republican plot worthy of the worst of the bad old days of the Soviet Union.

Apparently this gives Donald Trump the ability to turn RFE into Breitbart News.

ROTFL.

First, as mentioned, this was a bipartisan effort between Republican Ed Royce of California, and Eliot Engel, a Democrat from New York.

Second, it has nothing to do with Donald Trump and has been under consideration at least since 2014.

Third, it was reportedly endorsed by the chairman of the then-existing Board of Governors, NBC’s Jeff Shell.

As tempests go, this one occupies a pretty small teapot.

From → op-ed

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