QUERY : Could our government operate without a Congressional Media Fairness Caucus ?
Yes, Virginia, there is a Congressional Media Fairness Caucus … consisting of 3 co-chairs and 4 members … all Republicans.
So What Is the Congressional Media Fairness Caucus ?
The Media Fairness Caucus (MFC) will strongly support a free press and not condone any form of censorship. Instead, we will examine the causes of one-sided reporting, develop strategies to combat media bias, promote an open dialogue between members of the media and elected officials, and remind the media of their profound obligation to provide the American people with the facts. We will avoid personal attacks or gratuitous criticism of media representatives.
Goals of the MFC center on stressing the need for objective and fair reporting. We will focus on finding better ways for elected officials and the media to communicate openly in order to encourage fairness and balance in reporting. In addition, we will point out biased coverage in a fair and reasonable way.
And taxpayers, you pay the bill for the Congressional Media Fairness Caucus and its regular issuance of newsletters (heck, the Congressional Media Fairness Caucus issued more newsletters (3) than Chairman John Kline of the Education and Workforce Committee held hearings (2) in each of the past two months.)
That stated, take a moment and review some of the newsletters and determine if there is a “media bias” or just reacting to President Obama’s administration and policies.
Funny thing is that politicians are always lamenting about “wasteful government spending“ and the need to adhere to the Constitution, as intended by the Founding Fathers.
OK, so since the legislature can set its own structure, it is arguable if the Founding Fathers envisioned the need for “issues” caucuses … much less political party caucuses.
Interestingly, Congresswoman Bachmann wants “government to make the kind of serious spending decisions that many families and small businesses have been forced to make” yet she is one of the Co-Chairs of the Congressional Media Fairness Caucus … prompting the question, is this is wise use of Taxpayer funds ? These caucuses assign staff members to handle “issues” … these are the type of questions that those that feel that they are TaxedEnoughAlready need to ask … here is a list of the Minnesota delegation … check ’em out and ask if they serve a purpose beneficial for the District or
Tim Walz (D-MN-01) Link
John Kline (R-MN-02) Link
Erik Paulsen (R-MN-03) Link
Betty McCollum (D-MN-04) Link
Keith Ellison (D-MN-05) Link
Michele Bachmann (R-MN-06) Link
Colin Peterson (D-MN-07) Link
Raymond Cravaack (R-MN-08) Link
With a Congress that can claim that 1/3rd of all the legislation enacted this year related to naming Post Offices, this Congress needs to take a serious look at why it has so many caucues.