It’s about time for another hypocritical right-wing freakout over something Obama is allegedly doing, probably to distract attention away from Benghazi, isn’t it? This time they’re flipping out over a plan that has been in the works since the late 90s to turn control over domain names entirely to ICANN, the organization that was created just for that purpose. Media Matters runs down all the Fox News commentators who have clutched their pearls over it lately.
On the March 15 edition of America’s News HQ, host Gregg Jarrett moderated a discussion about the possible implications of the U.S. relinquishing control of the internet to international bodies. Jarrett claimed that this step could be the “first ten steps to a takeover by something that could potentially harm openness and freedom,” and asked why “one president” should be allowed to “make a decision to give away something that has been probably one of the greatest invention by Americans.”
During the March 15 edition of Fox & Friends Saturday, Fox co-host Tucker Carlson blamed the Obama administration for causing the pressure to give up control of the internet. In his discussion with Fox host Mike Huckabee, Carlson claimed “it is only because the Obama administration has really alienated the rest of the world, the opposite of what they promised to do, that we are under all this pressure to give it up.”On the March 15 edition of Fox News’ America’s News HQ conservative columnist Pat Buchanan claimed President Obama is transferring authority of the internet to the world “out of guilt” due to revelations about the National Security Administration.
Fox News posted on air graphics describing the Commerce Department’s decision to turn over ICANN responsibilities to an international agency as a “Super Power Surrender” on the March 15 edition of Fox & Friends Saturday. Co-host Tucker Carlson added, “Yes indeed, we actually did build that, and now we’re giving it away to the rest of the world, China included. The Obama administration about to hand over control of the internet.”
But wait. Aren’t conservatives always arguing for smaller government and for privatizing government services to private corporations? Apparently that applies all the time unless Obama does it. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal, also owned by Rupert Murdoch, has a primer on the topic that shows that, in fact, this plan has been in the works since 1998, when a contract was signed that expires next year, and that it isn’t going to give control the UN or anything. But why let facts get in the way of the latest excuse for a little foot-stomping and hand-wringing?