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MEET TALK'S EXECUTIONER: Obama's 'Fairness Doctrine' Czar Chosen, AAR Expects Benefit
The Radio Equalizer ^ | 11/6/2008 | Brian Maloney

Posted on 11/06/2008 11:43:39 AM PST by mak5

Ahead of a widely-expected crackdown on free speech and political dissent by the incoming Obama administration, our Dear Leader has appointed a new FCC transition czar to oversee the process.

Henry Rivera, a longtime radical leftist, lawyer and former FCC commissioner, is expected to lead the push to dismantle commercial talk radio that is favored by a number of Democratic Party senators. Rivera will play a pivotal role in preventing Obama's critics from having a public voice during Obama's tenure in office.

Rivera, who resigned from the FCC nearly a quarter-century ago during the Reagan years, believes in a doctrine of "communications policy as a civil rights issue".

His exit during the Reagan Administration paved the way for the Fairness Doctrine's repeal when the late president appointed Patricia Diaz Dennis in 1986 to fill out the rest of Rivera's term. Had this not occurred, talk radio as we know it today would not exist.

That gives Rivera's new task a great deal of personal urgency: it's a late-career, second chance opportunity to shut down opposition voices that have been allowed to flourish since his depature from the commission.

In particular, Rivera is known for his push for more minority broadcasting ownership, but this issue has largely been rendered obsolete as former commercial broadcasting empires teeter on the brink of bankruptcy.

Rivera's first opportunity to eliminate commercial talk radio will occur in June 2009, as the term of Republican Robert McDowell expires and he can be replaced with a pro-Fairness Doctrine Democrat. That will give the commission a three-vote Democratic majority, though the final two seats must remain in Republican hands.

If they can strong-arm one of the three Republicans to leave early, this can be implemented even sooner.

One issue facing Rivera and Obama's new commissioner is how the policy will be carried out. According to data from the 1970s, when the old doctrine regulated the content of speech on the radio, the FCC was forced to utilize a great deal of its resources sifting through tens of thousands of "unfairness" complaints. The FCC's staff might have to be increased substantially to accommodate listeners looking to censor radio programming in their area.

Meanwhile, Air America Radio apparently believes liberal talk radio will benefit from the Fairness Doctrine's implementation! In an interview with a broadcast trade publication, Air America CEO Bennett Zier seems to believe that conservative stations would be forced to carry libtalk programming in order to comply with the law (but wouldn't libtalk stations also be required to run conservatives?):

RADIO INK: What do you think of all the speculation about the return of the Fairness Doctrine? Would that be a big problem for Air America?

BENNETT ZIER: If there’s a Fairness Doctrine, one would say that would be a good thing for left-of-center talk. But I think if Air America puts forth relevant, entertaining, provocative content, it’ll be a balance. People will be interested in what we want to do. We believe that we need to control our own destiny, and we’re going to do that by giving the listeners, the viewers, and the readers what they want in a lot of different technologies.

But this is delusional, as Air America's wildly unpopular talk programming will merely speed the demise of commercial radio if forced upon the industry's most-successful stations, which happen to be conservative talkers.

That could move the rest of the medium to the Internet and satellite radio, where Air America is already heard. The result would be a wipeout of a number of liberal radio executives who supported Obama.

Successful attempts by Democrats to suppress free speech will probably be cloaked, using different terminology and phony justifications. Don't be fooled: the only reason for this crusade is to wipe out every trace of political dissent.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Politics
KEYWORDS: 1stamendment; bho2008; digg; fairnessdoctrine; fcc; firstamendment; freespeech; obama; order66; radio; talkradio
And so the Cultural Revolution begins...
1 posted on 11/06/2008 11:43:40 AM PST by mak5
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To: mak5

This is where we are going to learn what it means to be self-governing.
We are going to HAVE to stay on top of our representatives in DC. The “fairness” doctrine is just one of the boatload of initiatives the left is going to start using against us.

The people in this country only lose their freedoms if they ALLOW it. Now, do we fight or roll over like DC republicans?


2 posted on 11/06/2008 11:47:54 AM PST by 13Sisters76 ("It is amazing how many people mistake a certain hip snideness for sophistication. " Thos. Sowell)
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To: mak5
Shouldn't be too hard to find a few republicans willing to reach across the aisle to muzzle the people who defeated amnesty .
3 posted on 11/06/2008 11:48:31 AM PST by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it freedom has a flavor the protected will never know F/8 Cav)
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To: mak5
Like I said earlier, if China can do it, so can an Obama Nation.

Woops, so you suppose they are taking names yet. Just a minute, I have to go answer my door.

4 posted on 11/06/2008 11:48:44 AM PST by JimSEA (just another liberal-bashing fearmonger)
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To: mak5

Let them try to take talk radio away....they will be in for a suprise. Two can play these games.....the 1st amendment does have teeth.


5 posted on 11/06/2008 11:49:50 AM PST by rightwingextremist1776
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To: mak5

I guess it is time to go to another country and start Free America broadcasts.


6 posted on 11/06/2008 11:51:03 AM PST by Americanexpat
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To: mak5

I thought Air America went bankrupt? Are they still around?


7 posted on 11/06/2008 11:51:26 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: rightwingextremist1776

Obama has already made it clear that he regards the Constitution as a deeply flawed document that needs to be fixed. Doing away with the Bill of Rights should be child’s play for him.


8 posted on 11/06/2008 11:53:18 AM PST by Argus (Stuff Compassionate and Maverick - just try plain old CONSERVATISM again)
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To: kbennkc
Shouldn't be too hard to find a few Republicans willing to reach across the aisle to muzzle the people who defeated amnesty .

My friends...

9 posted on 11/06/2008 11:53:29 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (Liberty has few friends, many enemies, and no adequate substitute.)
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To: mak5

Does that mean Rush can now do the nightly news on any Big Media nextwork just to be fair?


10 posted on 11/06/2008 11:55:02 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: rightwingextremist1776

Let ‘em try.

It can move off shore easily enough, there’s satellite radio which the fcc can’t touch and streaming internet.

You can’t shut it down except in a vindictive sense.

But it might be fun to make broadcast tv subject to the fairness doctrine like it used to be. Facist Katie Kouric having to make nice with
Ann Coulter?


11 posted on 11/06/2008 11:55:47 AM PST by Adder (typical basicly decent bitter white person)
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To: Adder

Buy XX radio stock.


12 posted on 11/06/2008 11:57:21 AM PST by scooby321 (Cai)
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To: TexasCajun

Only applies to radio is my understanding, not TV.


13 posted on 11/06/2008 11:57:26 AM PST by murron (Proud Marine Mom)
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To: Americanexpat

No. Stay here. We’ll need you to join me and the millions of others we will rally to go to Washington and let them know where we stand on their plans for silencing all dissent, the silencing as was done in Russia’s empire for 70 years, in Germany for 12 years, still in China and North Korea and Iran and......WE WILL WIN, because we are right and have the courage of our convictions to prevail.


14 posted on 11/06/2008 11:57:35 AM PST by line drive to right
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To: Americanexpat

No. Stay here. We’ll need you to join me and the millions of others we will rally to go to Washington and let them know where we stand on their plans for silencing all dissent, the silencing as was done in Russia’s empire for 70 years, in Germany for 12 years, still in China and North Korea and Iran and......WE WILL WIN, because we are right and have the courage of our convictions to prevail.


15 posted on 11/06/2008 11:57:55 AM PST by line drive to right
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To: mak5
Obama, do it fast, preferably in the first couple months. I want as much time as possible for it to run through the courts. I want this to be your Waterloo early in the term, much as XXX-42 picked "Don't ask, don't tell" and Hillarycare as his first actions. Try to shut down opposition radio like the tinpot commie dictator you are and we might repeat 1994.
16 posted on 11/06/2008 11:59:23 AM PST by KarlInOhio (11/4: The revolutionary socialists beat the Fabian ones. Where can we find a capitalist party?)
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To: mak5

Obama won’t need to to push this bill right away. After all, more than 50% of the American electorate believes the MSM. However, I suspect, the Fairness Doctrine will come in handy as he nears his 2nd term election.


17 posted on 11/06/2008 12:00:25 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: mak5

Democrat NAzism on the march..

JOB 1-Silence your most effective critic.


18 posted on 11/06/2008 12:01:38 PM PST by tcrlaf (SARAH PALIN-The American Everywoman (Yes, You Really CAN!))
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To: KarlInOhio

Obama may have no actual choice in this.
His moonbat masters are DEMANDING this as repayment for all that Internet support.


19 posted on 11/06/2008 12:02:55 PM PST by tcrlaf (SARAH PALIN-The American Everywoman (Yes, You Really CAN!))
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To: murron

Why does it only pertain to radio?


20 posted on 11/06/2008 12:05:54 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Adder
It can move off shore easily enough, there’s satellite radio which the fcc can’t touch and streaming internet.

You need a license from the government to access the comm sats. The government can control those easily enough.

The Internet? My guess is that the Government will require all internet traffic in the US to flow through The Big Machine Super Server, replete with "gatekeeper" software that will scan for "subversive content" (i.e., anything critical of Lord High Master Obomba).

Offshore? The US spent a lot of money on radio jamming technology in the '50s and '60s, primarily for military applications. But that can be adapted for civilian use. You can always "modify" radio receiver technology so that it only accepts and processes "approved" transmissions. The pending switch to DTV is a template. Everything becomes "obsolete" and you can't view it unless you get an "approved", official converter box (filter).

21 posted on 11/06/2008 12:06:31 PM PST by chimera
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To: mak5

TOUCH our first amendment rights and he’ll see a million man march, all right...


22 posted on 11/06/2008 12:08:12 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: Yaelle

All major media outlets, right and left make too much money from talk radio to allow it to be tampered with.


23 posted on 11/06/2008 12:14:54 PM PST by WellyP
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To: Yaelle

All major media outlets, right and left make too much money from talk radio to allow it to be tampered with.


24 posted on 11/06/2008 12:15:00 PM PST by WellyP
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To: mak5

I don’t doubt that opposition to this and to expanding “hate crime” laws and “campaign finance reform” regulations will coalesce and make a lot of noise. But remember that the leftist “main stream” media is going to support the left’s efforts to muzzle the opposition. And remember that the government that will come into power next January will be the dominated by far-left ideologues who consider the constitution to be largely irrelevant and an impediment to good governance (except when treated as a “living” document in which case it is anything they want it to be). There is much reason to believe that laws aimed at perpetuating the current majority will be enacted. These will include amnesty and citizenship for millions of illegals and laws intended to regulate and effectively muzzle political opposition. Who will stop them? The filibuster can be rendered impotent by a vote of the senate at any time. I do not see the leftists in the senate having the same qualms about a “nuclear option” that the GOP had a few years back.

I sure do hope I am wrong about all this. I really, really do.


25 posted on 11/06/2008 12:20:37 PM PST by scory
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To: TexasCajun

Got me. Unless they change it, it is only radio commentary that is being targeted.


26 posted on 11/06/2008 12:28:34 PM PST by murron (Proud Marine Mom)
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To: chimera

I wonder just how kindly the ‘average” American will take to such moves as you describe.

Or the Supreme Court [for now].

But if you are right...oh well,,,,it was a nice thought.


27 posted on 11/06/2008 12:31:40 PM PST by Adder (typical basicly decent bitter white person)
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To: mak5

So then we’ll go back to XM. Time to buy stock.


28 posted on 11/06/2008 12:32:03 PM PST by FarRightFanatic
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To: tcrlaf
JOB 1-Silence your most effective critic.

If they really intend to do this, then we must play hard ball. Mr. Rivera may need to be personally and professionally destroyed. This is right out of "Rules for Radicals". Turnabout is fair play, you know.

29 posted on 11/06/2008 12:32:14 PM PST by 17th Miss Regt
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To: Yaelle

You should change that to a million “gun” march.


30 posted on 11/06/2008 12:32:27 PM PST by BubbaBasher (www.HypocriteLibs.org - Tracking the Slandering Liars in the MSM)
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To: mak5

I’m not so sure the Fairness Doctrine will be implemented, and if it is, I expect the large radio networks to astroturf their required “liberal” media required time slots.

i.e. Bring in Libertarians and make them argue over the issues where libertarians and Democrats coincide on positions.


31 posted on 11/06/2008 12:41:48 PM PST by JerseyHighlander (Obama wants to raise taxes and kill babies. Palin wants to raise babies and kill taxes.)
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To: Adder
Individuals might try some things to resist such moves. But remember the USSC will be firmly in liberal hands in a few years with the retirements likely to come up. The courts won't protect us. And Obomba will have the whole awesome power of the federal government at his command to quash dissent. Look what they did to Joe Wurtzelbacher and the one reporter in FL who had the nerve to question Biden. And they haven't even taken over yet.
32 posted on 11/06/2008 12:46:31 PM PST by chimera
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To: rightwingextremist1776
.the 1st amendment does have teeth.

It ain't no coincidence the 2nd sits right after the 1st?

33 posted on 11/06/2008 12:58:58 PM PST by numberonepal (Don't Even Think About Treading On Me)
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To: chimera

One of the first things a new dictator does is grab control of communications media. Next are the the filling of jails with political dissenters. then confiscation of citizens guns. Next is ...


34 posted on 11/06/2008 1:11:57 PM PST by hdstmf
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To: mak5

Bring it! They’ve never seen protest like they will if they try to take Rush off the air.


35 posted on 11/06/2008 1:15:07 PM PST by TigersEye (Intellectuals only exist if you think they do.)
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To: mak5
Hmm...well, you can see how the argument runs. The fact that Rush makes millions and AAR is broke is pure economic INJUSTICE, and so to remediate (and we all want to be FAIR, don't we?) he has to give it to them. And, of course, a slot on the station lineup he's created. Oh, and not half, either - when one factors in the historical OPPRESSION he probably needs to pony up all of it.

It would be satire worthy of Orwell except that it happens to be their precise argument.

36 posted on 11/06/2008 1:28:10 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: 13Sisters76
"The people in this country only lose their freedoms if they ALLOW it."

I hope you can call your Dem Rep without incurring any charges because otherwise you are wasting not only your time but your $. These people (including most of the Republican elected reps) didn't listen to us before this election. You'll be lucky after this blowout if any of the Dems even answer their phones anymore. We already know they don't read their e-mail.

They don't work for you; you work for them.

37 posted on 11/06/2008 1:40:53 PM PST by penowa
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To: rightwingextremist1776

You bet. Who wants to join with me in filing a violation of civil rights under color of law charge? If a few thousand of us do, DoJ will have to take notice.


38 posted on 11/06/2008 3:55:56 PM PST by piytar
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To: piytar

Show me where to sign! I want to be a playa’ too!


39 posted on 11/06/2008 3:59:31 PM PST by rightwingextremist1776
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To: rightwingextremist1776

Talked to hard core conservative lawyer friend of mine (yes, they exist). He is researching the issue. If the un-Fairness Doctrine gets passed, he’s going to draft a complaint for people to use, and I’ll post it here, on LGF, all over the place, as will others he gives it to.


40 posted on 11/06/2008 8:06:33 PM PST by piytar
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To: piytar

With high tech getting better all the time, this could go against the FD. I do hope that any effort to bring back the FD will be met with resistance.


41 posted on 11/07/2008 3:52:09 AM PST by Biggirl (Leave Sarah ALONE!=^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^=)
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To: All

With high tech being developed all the time, we may see pirate tech croping up any new FD will be gotten around with.


42 posted on 11/07/2008 3:54:05 AM PST by Biggirl (Leave Sarah ALONE!=^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^=)
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To: PureSolace; netmilsmom; StarCMC; narses; xcamel; fanfan; murphE; Mjaye; GodGunsGuts; Momaw Nadon; ..
FAIRNESS DOCTRINE Digg

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43 posted on 11/07/2008 1:24:03 PM PST by jan in Colorado (For Barack Hussein Obama TRUTH FILE see my homepage!)
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To: jan in Colorado

Dugg


44 posted on 11/07/2008 1:35:50 PM PST by fanfan (www.Digg.com)
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To: jan in Colorado

Dugg.


45 posted on 11/07/2008 1:54:08 PM PST by Madame Dufarge
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To: Madame Dufarge

http://www.brideofrove.com/?p=259


46 posted on 11/07/2008 5:40:53 PM PST by GOPbabe
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