Democrat wants to de-fund FOX -- and Republicans should take him up on it 

RealClearPolitics has video from a Rules Committee hearing this week on the bill to de-fund public broadcasting. Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., proposed an amendment to "de-fund" FOX News as well, by depriving it of government advertising:

"Over the past several years, it has become clear that the Fox News channel is wildly biased. They continue to employ a talk show host who called President Obama a racist. They continue to employ several prospective Republican Presidential candidates as “analysts,” giving them hours and hours of free air time. And their parent company has donated millions to GOP-linked groups.

My amendment would prohibit federal funds – taxpayer dollars – from being used for advertising on the partisan, political platform of Fox News."

Chairman David Dreier, R-Calif., took issue with McGovern for comparing the public broadcast subsidy with advertising, in which the government pays for airtime, but I don't think that's the best response. House Republicans should look to end all television and radio advertising by federal government.

When there is a legitimate issue for the public's attention, the news media publicizes it. When there's an emergency, we have the emergency broadcast system. But advertising, that's just a waste of money -- welfare for Madison Avenue:

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David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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