Imagine a portion of a bill currently on the floor the U.S. Congress with the following language:
SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSES.
(a) Findings- Congress finds that-
(1) the manufacture, distribution, broadcast and dissemination of newspapers, magazines, television broadcasts and other related media formats is inherently commercial in nature;
(2) such periodicals and broadcast mediums regularly cross local and state boundaries;
(3) to the extent that media publications and broadcasts are intrastate in nature, it arises out of and is substantially connected with a commercial transaction, which, when viewed in the aggregate, substantially affects interstate commerce;
(4) because the intrastate and interstate sale of periodicals and transmission of audio and video are so commingled, full regulation of interstate commerce requires the incidental regulation of intrastate commerce;
(5) the nature of the modern media is to try to increase sales which is often achieved through sensational means and in real time. The nature of the delivery of such information is such that the first to deliver any details generally profits most, and this by it’s nature contributes to the possibility of incorrect or incomplete information that could cause undue harm or lead to wide scale panic.
(b) Sense of the Congress- It is the sense of the Congress that-
(1) commercial publication and broadcast is prevalent and widespread in and among the States, and it is usually impossible to distinguish between intrastate publications/broadcasts and interstate publications/broadcasts
(2) it is in the national interest and within the role of the Federal Government to ensure that the regulation of the press is uniform among the States, that law enforcement can quickly and effectively trace inaccurate, slanderous or inciteful information, and that media outlets know how to write and deliver the news or express their opinions responsibly.
Probably cause a little bit of outrage don’t you think? Compare that to section two of this peice of crap:
Text of H.R.45 as Introduced in House (http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h45/text)