Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MI) said that Rush Limbaugh and Breitbart News are “alternative media” outlets that are helping the truth the mainstream media try to hide rise to the top.
Appearing on Breitbart News’ broadcast of the “Exempt America” rally on Tuesday with Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon, Bachmann said there is this “big monolithic media, then you have Rush.”
She emphasized that Limbaugh “has the biggest voice out there.” Bachmann said there are “very few places you can go to get the other side,” and noted, “now we have Breitbart.” She said it was refreshing to have voices like Breitbart News that give readers the “unvarnished” truth and represent the voice of Americans outside the beltway.
Bachmann said the mainstream media tries to silence these alternative outlets, but the “truth always seems to float to the top.”
Media outlets like Breitbart News also help expose the shenanigans of the Republican establishment that Bachmann blasted for not wanting to defund Obamacare. Bachmann said there is a “little hoodwink going on coming from the Republicans” on defunding Obamacare efforts. She said the House leadership is making it seem like Republicans are for defunding Obamacare when in fact they are not.
Bachmann added that the group of conservatives who are not going to support the rule promoted by House leadership on supposed Obamacare defunding is “going to change the course of history”; the resolution the Republican leadership want to attach to a broader one on the budget simply makes Republicans “look like we are doing something on defunding but we really are not.” The vote on that measure was delayed on Wednesday because the Republican leadership in the House did not have the 218 votes.
Yesterday the US Senate attempted to define who is and is not a journalist. In the process of passing a “Shield Law” to protect journalists and their sources, a fiery debate ensued over just who is a journalist and who deserves the shield law protection.
Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) was adamant to only extend the protection to “real reporters” and not, she said, a 17-year-old with his own website.
“I can’t support it if everyone who has a blog has a special privilege … or if Edward Snowden were to sit down and write this stuff, he would have a privilege. I’m not going to go there.”
Matt Drudge, a man who redefined journalism at the dawn of the new media, and continues to lead the industry in traffic and influence, took to Twitter to defend bloggers and to hammer the senator:
And Drudge is speaking from personal experience. There was a time when the political and media establishment targeted him as “Public Enemy #1″ and his groundbreaking work was derided as the end of journalism. Drudge tweets that even a federal judge attempted to define his work as non-journalism:
“The Freedoms of Speech, Assembly, and of the Press are there to make sure we had a way to find out what was going on and could let other people know about it if the government ever got the idea not honor the Contract [Constitution] and give itself powers which we the people hadn’t consented to grant them.” from the previous post “CHILLING FIRST AMENDMENT”