Posted by: rotenochsen | February 7, 2009

THERE IS NOTHING FAIR ABOUT THE FAIRNES DOCTRINE!

WHAT IS FAIR ABOUT THE FAIRNESS DOCTRINE?

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Feb. 7th, 2009 | 11:45 am

Posted by Jax Hawk on Saturday, February 07, 2009 11:45:08 AM
THE GREAT ATTACK ON FREEDOM OF SPEECH

Another Democratic U.S. senator has gone on record as supporting the reinstatement of the so-called “Fairness Doctrine,” adding, “I feel like that’s gonna happen.”

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., told radio host and WND columnist Bill Press yesterday when asked about whether it was time to bring back the so-called “Fairness Doctrine”: “I think it’s absolutely time to pass a standard. Now, whether it’s called the Fairness Standard, whether it’s called something else – I absolutely think it’s time to be bringing accountability to the airwaves. I mean, our new president has talked rightly about accountability and transparency. You know, that we all have to step up and be responsible. And, I think in this case, there needs to be some accountability and standards put in place.”

Asked by Press if she could be counted on to push for hearings in the Senate this year “to bring these (radio station) owners in and hold them accountable,” she replied: “I have already had some discussions with colleagues and, you know, I feel like that’s gonna happen. Yep.”

If you think this cannot happen in our Country with the freedom of speech granted by the First Amendment of Our Constitution. Consider these facts!
“A think tank headed by John Podesta, co-chairman of Obama’s transition team, mapped out a strategy in 2007 for clamping down on talk radio using language that has since been parroted by both the Obama campaign and the new administration’s White House website.

In June of 2007, Podesta’s Center for American Progress released a report titled “The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio,” detailing the conservative viewpoint’s dominance on the airwaves and proposing steps for leveling the playing field.

“Our conclusion is that the gap between conservative and progressive talk radio is the result of multiple structural problems in the U.S. regulatory system,” the report reads, “particularly the complete breakdown of the public trustee concept of broadcast, the elimination of clear public interest requirements for broadcasting, and the relaxation of ownership rules including the requirement of local participation in management.”

The report then demonstrates how radio stations owned locally, or operated by female and minority owners, are statistically more likely to carry liberal political talk shows.

Therefore, the report concludes, the answer to getting equal time for “progressives” lies in mandating “localism” and “diversity” without ever needing to mention the “Fairness Doctrine.”

To accomplish the strategy, the report recommends legislating local and national caps on ownership of commercial radio stations and demanding radio stations regularly prove to the FCC that they are “operating on behalf of the public interest” to maintain their broadcasting license.

And if stations are unwilling to abide by the FCC’s new regulatory standards, the report recommends, they should pay spectrum-use fees directly to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting “with clear mandates to support local news and public affairs programming and to cover controversial and political issues in a fair and balanced manner.”

In this way, the report concludes, between $100 million and $250 million could be raised for public radio, which will be compelled to broadcast via the old standards established by the “Fairness Doctrine.”

Since the report’s release in 2007, the Obama camp has twice gone on record advocating positions identical to Podesta’s think tank”.

Yes, Conservative Talk Radio has influenced public opinion, Thank God! But the Left has tried to compete with them repeatedly and failed. At present the Laura Ingram show on radio is ranked number 5 in the number of people who listen on a daily basis. The one Liberal talk show host that has survived, is Bill Press. He is ranked as number 96. Of course everyone knows who is number one. Rush Limbaugh, and they do not pay him over 25 million dollars a year because his audience is small!

Ratings are the life blood of radio and television shows, and Liberal talk is boring and not entertaining. That is why italways has failed, and passing laws that force radio stations sounds to me like something that happened in Nazi Germany and Communist Russia, and do WE want that to happen in our country?

Unfortunately the White House website lists on its technology agenda page that the president plans to “encourage diversity in the ownership of broadcast media, promote the development of new media outlets for expression of diverse viewpoints, and clarify the public interest obligations of broadcasters who occupy the nation’s spectrum.” Bloggers note: Minority and women owned radio stations tend to be Liberal. Thus, a back door way of obtaining the demise of Conservative Talk shows!

The president’s position and proposals match the language of his transition co-chair’s think tank report almost word-for-word. Source: World Daily Net.com

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