Unwittingly raising the specter of some of the worst moments of human history, two Democrat lawmakers are proposing a bill that would order the Department of Justice to scour the Internet, television and radio for sites or shows that encourage quote-unquote violent acts and hate crimes.
Sen. Ed Markey of Boston and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York have proposed the one-page 2014 Hate Crime Reporting Act. According to a release from Markey’s office, the act “would create an updated comprehensive report examining the role of the Internet and other telecommunications in encouraging hate crimes based on gender, race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation and create recommendations to address such crimes.”
The act does not tell the DOJ to pursue specific allegations or incidents. It instead authorizes a massive fishing trip in which the DOJ and the obscure U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will cast the broadest net possible in search of the legendary white whale of hate.
And make no mistake it is a very white, very conservative whale they’re going to be looking for.
The bill would require the inquisitors to “analyze information on the use of telecommunications, including the Internet, broadcast television and radio, cable television, public access television, commercial mobile services, and other electronic media, to advocate and encourage violent acts and the commission of crimes of hate.”
So it’s not even actual commission of violence the bill seeks to stop but the “encouraging” of violence and hate, an act that the bill clearly leaves open to interpretation.