RULES FOR RADICALS
Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. Saul Alinsky
This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works, and it can be used against groups as effectively as individuals. One of the steps in isolating and shutting up the individual is to remove any avenue of expression. This usually means intimidating the public media.
Silencing the media seems to have started in 1994 when President Clinton called KNOX radio complaining that he couldn’t compete with the Rush Limbaugh radio show. Then went on to complain that the rest of the media wouldn’t defend him. At first the Democrats just tried to shut up Conservative talk radio and FOX news while taking shots at different news organizations and reporters.
Silencing the media really kicked into gear with the election of President Obama. Valerie Jarrett, Obamas right hand, hinted at what was to come when she said, “Obama will be ready to RULE from day one.” Obama immediately set out to make an example of FOX news but some of the other news originations stood up for FOX.
In October 2013 CNN News Anchor Carol Costello reported during a news cast that she felt intimidated when reporting on the presidential race saying, “I mean President Obama’s people can be quite nasty. They don’t like you to say anything bad about their boss, and they’re not afraid to use whatever means they have at hand to stop you from doing that, including threatening your job.” They went after numerous reports such as James Rosen, and reporters from Conservative media like The Washington Free Beacon. While inviting reporters that toed his line were invited to play golf with him.
With the press under control Democrats were able to turn its attention to shutting up individuals and groups. He politicized the IRS, Homeland Security and other government controlled agencies. Some of which we are just learning about.