Turns out, Drudge was right about where journalism was heading.

“We have entered an era vibrating with the din of small voices,” he said in the speech. “Every citizen can be a reporter.” Later, he added: “The Net gives as much voice to a 13 year old computer geek like me as to a CEO or Speaker of the House. We all become equal. And you would be amazed what the ordinary guy knows.”

A look back at the last two presidential elections proves Drudge’s point. The biggest story of the 2008 campaign was Barack Obama’s comments about rural voters’ tendency to “cling to guns or religion”, which was broken by Mayhill Fowler, a Democratic donor and a part of Huffington Post’s citizen journalism program. The biggest story of the 2012 campaign was Mitt Romney’s comments about the “47 percent”, remarks that were recorded by a bartender at the event for high-dollar donors.

In each case someone not traditionally thought of as a “journalist” unearthed the material. And, while the mainstream media helped turn those pieces of information into stories that drove weeks worth of news cycles, none of that would have been possible without the initial spark.

“The Internet is going to save the news business,” Drudge proclaimed. “I envision a future where there will be 300 million reporters…where anyone can report from anywhere for any reason.”

Morning Joe started the week with a segment about the “mind-boggling” IRS scandal, regarding the agency’s admitting to targeting politically conservative groups. The roundtable was unanimously outraged, with references to Richard Nixon and Willie Geist even stating it’s “tyranny.”

Do these people not remember the Nixon administration?” Lisa Myers asked. “One of the abuses of power was his use of the IRS against his political enemies.”

Yet, the IRS has said it wasn’t politically motivated — which the panel agreed doesn’t make sense. Officials haven’t been upfront about the issue, Scarborough and Myers asserted, and their public statements appear to contradict what reports say regarding the timeline of what the IRS knew and when. It’s “indefensible.”

Political speech is sacrosanct, Scarborough argued. “Liberal and conservative Supreme Courts alike do not allow the government to tread on political speech. There is a wall around that, and the wall has been knocked down by the IRS for several years now.”

“There’s been many overblown claims of tyranny and abuse of power from the government over the last few years,” Geist jumped in, pointing to the “we’re coming for your guns”-type narrative. “This is tyranny. If this is the government, a nonpartisan agency coming after specific groups, this time it’s real.”

“I can’t imagine much worse than this,” Scarborough agreed. It’s “unspeakable,” and President Obama “needs to come out today and condemn this in the harshest terms, demand answers, and fire people.”

"If they’ll protect a scumbag like me, then they’ll protect all of you."

Larry Flynt’s infamous quote summarizes Hollywood’s self-congratulatory celebration of free speech in its Academy Award-nominated film “The People vs. Larry Flynt.” Critic Roger Ebert said the film argued that freedom of speech must apply to unpopular speech or it is meaningless.

Is this episode a sign of Sharia-zation in Hollywood? In 2005, even the mighty Steven Spielberg self-censored marketing for “Munich,” not remotely an anti-Mohammed film, in apparent obeisance to the new reality that LA Weekly noted: “Hollywood has long been loath to portray any Arabs as villains, much less Muslim extremists.”

If Spielberg bows to Islamic blasphemy sensitivities, what chance does “Innocence“‘s small-time producer stand? If allowed to metastasize, a Sharia-zation of the First Amendment could embolden the government to employ similarly heavy-handed persecution of filmmakers deemed offensive to The Prophet and launch investigations, or even prosecutions, to intimidate or financially bleed writers, actors, producers and silent investors contributing, say, via Kickstarter.

Our government’s action should suggest to the liberal Hollywood elites that a return to an anti-blasphemy standard endangers their freedom to make “offensive” films such as “The Da Vinci Code,” “The Last Temptation of Christ,” or even “Schindler’s List.” Steven Spielberg and the rest of the Hollywood elitists should be standing in solidarity on this reviled filmmaker’s front lawn, speaking out to protect his constitutional right to be a cinematic miscreant if they ever wish to touch on religion at all. 

Let’s hope Hollywood finds its voice and tells the would-be destroyers of Free Speech to lay off the scumbags.

Bette Midler cast aside freedom of speech earlier this week by saying the filmmaker responsible for the anti-Muslim movie in the news should be charged with murder.

Midler isn’t alone in shoving aside the First Amendment.

Both hip hop mogul Russell Simmons and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” musician Questlove are siding against free speech. When you’re an unabashed supporter of President Barack Obama, party loyalty trumps the right to create, apparently.

Questlove, who once played a hateful song as the intro to Fallon guest Michele Bachmann, Tweeted to porn star turned political pundit Jenna Jameson, “i was thinkin WE should not makin propaganda films that would endanger our country” … and, “why isn’t anyone coming down on [name redacted by Breitbart News] for putting our country in danger?”

Simmons wondered if making a movie critical of Islam should even be legal in his own Tweet:

Russell Simmons tweet

Wonder how Simmons feels about Bill Maher’s “Religulous?”

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today called Terry Jones to tell the pastor to stop promoting the film “Innocence of Muslims” that may or may not exist (there are but two clips on Youtube, screenshot above) and may or may not have been produced by a group of Coptic Christians living in the United States. No one has any idea really, but they are sure of this: a movie that may or may not exist done by some people who can’t completely be identified has sparked people who already attacked our Libyan consulate to do it again. The Obama administration has called General Martin Dempsey to put a stop to Terry Jones in an effort to quell the Islamist violence. Why Jones? Because he’s apparently promoting the film, but not as much as the Islamists talking about it.

Obama proposed a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in 2010, which held that unlimited campaign-related expenditures by individuals or groups were protected under the First Amendment. This decision allowed super PACs, which can spend unlimited amounts of money, to form and influence the political process. 

Obama also called on Congress to pass the Disclose Act, which would require any organization that spends more than $10,000 on election-related activities to disclose all of its donors who have contributed more than $10,000. 

Obama made these comments, which would restrict speech, on the Internet, which has long been a free speech safe haven.