Skip to comments.Kucinich: Congress To Take On FCC(The Hush Rush Bill is back) January 15, 2007
Posted on 01/15/2007 4:37:16 PM PST by BlueJ7
Also in consideration is the "Fairness Doctrine," which required broadcasters to present controversial topics in a fair and honest manner. It was enforced until it was eliminated in 1987.
Kucinich said in his speech that "We know the media has become the servant of a very narrow corporate agenda" and added "we are now in a position to move a progressive agenda to where it is visible."
(Excerpt) Read more at fmqb.com ...
The "Hush Rush" Hoax: Limbaugh on the Fairness Doctrine
By Jeff Cohen
"I, Rush Limbaugh, the poster boy of free speech, am being gang muzzled."
The broadcaster was crying censorship (Limbaugh Letter, 10/93) over congressional efforts in 1993 to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine -- which he labeled "The Hush Rush Bill," "The Get Limbaugh Act" and "The Rush Elimination Act of 1993." Limbaugh's daily on-air crusade generated thousands of calls to Washington, and helped derail congressional action. As usual, Limbaugh's followers were mobilized through misinformation and deception.
The Fairness Doctrine -- in operation from 1949 until abolished in 1987 by Ronald Reagan's deregulation-oriented Federal Communications Commission --calls on broadcasters, as a condition of getting their licenses from the FCC, to cover some controversial issues in their community, and to do so by offering some balancing views.
Reinstating the Fairness Doctrine can hardly be a "Hush Rush" plan aimed at silencing him, since it was broadly and actively supported on Capitol Hillwell before anyone in Washington had ever heard of Limbaugh. In 1987 (when he was still the host of a local show in Sacramento), a bill to inscribe the Fairness Doctrine in federal law passed the House by 3 to 1, and the Senate by nearly 2 to 1, but it was vetoed by President Ronald Reagan. Voting for the bill were such "commie-libs" as Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.).
In 1989 (when Limbaugh was just emerging as a national host), the Fairness Doctrine easily passed the House again, but didn't proceed further as President George Bush threatened to veto it. In 1991, hearings were again held on the doctrine, but interest waned due to Bush's ongoing veto threat. Yet when the same Fairness Doctrine emerged in 1993, with a new president who might sign it, Limbaugh egotistically portrayed it as nothing but a "Hush Rush Law." And his followers believed him.
And they believed him when he claimed the Fairness Doctrine was aimed at censoring conservative talkshow hosts (Limbaugh TV show, 9/17/93): "It's the latest attempt by the United States Congress to legislate against me, and talk radio hosts." Remarked Limbaugh (Limbaugh Letter, 10/93): "Why is 'fairness' so needed now? Because there's too much conservatism out there." In reality, not one doctrine decision issued by the FCC had ever concerned itself with talkshows. Indeed, the talkshow format was born, and flourished, while the doctrine was in operation. Right-wing hosts often dominated the talkshows, even in liberal cities, but none was ever muzzled.
The Fairness Doctrine doesn't require that each program be internally balanced, or mandate "equal time": It would not require that balance in the overall program line-up be anything close to 50/50. It merely prohibits a station from blasting away day after day from one perspective, without any opposing views.
It would not "hush Rush," but it may get stations that offer only a constant diet of Limbaugh and fellow right-wingers to diversify their line-up a bit. Limbaugh was uttering nonsense when he claimed (Limbaugh Letter, 10/93) that to balance his show under the Fairness Doctrine, station owners "will have to go out and get two liberal shows. Or maybe three. Even three might not be enough."
Various citizen groups have used the Fairness Doctrine as a tool to expand speech and debate -- not restrict it. For example, it prevents stations from allowing only one side to be heard on ballot measures. (A study found that the abolition of the doctrine had disastrous effects for democratic debate in 1992 ballot measures.) Over the years, the doctrine has been supported by hundreds of grassroots groups across the political spectrum, including the ACLU, National Rifle Association and the right-wing Accuracy In Media.
"The Fairness Doctrine isn't going to take Rush Limbaugh off the air," remarked Larry King (The Rush Limbaugh Story, Paul Colford). "Be fair: What's wrong with that? If I were Rush, I would want a liberal host following my show."
Limbaugh argued on his TV show (9/17/93) that there should be no government fairness standards on broadcasters, since there are none on the print press: "You can buy a newspaper, and start it all you want, and they wouldn't dare try to do this [establish a Fairness Doctrine]."
He misses the key difference: If you want to compete with Limbaugh's partisan publication in the marketplace of ideas, you can simply start your own publication right next to his. But if you set up your own competing broadcast program right next to a Limbaugh station on the radio dial, without acquiring a government license, you will be prosecuted. Broadcastfrequencies are limited; printing presses are not. That's the legal -- and practical -- underpinning of the Fairness Doctrine.
A lefty who is afraid to call himself a liberal is consuming too much air.
Dennis has just upgrades himself from stupid to stupid and dangerous.The little baboon stands ready to violate the constitution he just swore to protect.
The left has no message that resonates with the population (The sane portion of the population) so they have to muzzle conservative thought. They call those on the right fascists?
"we are now in a position to move a progressive agenda..."
At least he's honest. Kinda.
Liberals can't compete in the marketplace of ideas.
"Various citizen groups have used the Fairness Doctrine as a tool to sue the hell out of anyone who dares oppose the liberal/socialist/marxist agenda" equals the TRUTH.
The libs already own NPR/PBS. What more do they want? A Stalin radio in every home, tuned to one channel?
Air America had its chance but no one was listening/sponsoring it.
"to cover some controversial issues in their community, and to do so by offering some balancing views."
When you put a bureaucrat in charge of deciding what is 'controversial' and what a 'balancing view' is, there's going to be infringement on the First Amendment. Best case scenario is that it gets done incompetently; worse case scenario is that it becomes partisan censorship.
He actually breathes methane, which dominates the atmosphere of his home planet, Dorkzon. He never wears a breathing apparatus, because he sustains himself from all the flatulant mutterings from the House Democrat caucus.
Well afterall, Air Amerika did soooooooo well! /sarc
Under the old "fairness doctrine" opposing views got equal time. When stations carrying syndicated shows like Rush are forced to provide equal time it jerks them right out of profitability. So no Rush.
Dennis Kucinich would have congress pass a law prohibiting free speech on the radio airwaves. Like McCain and Feingold that makes him a violator of the First Amendment. Likewise, we'll probably all sit on our butts when this happens - just as we did with MF (MF, what an appropriate acronym).
Too true my friend...too true.
"We know the media has become the servant of a very narrow corporate agenda"
Yeah, the corporate agenda of Kucinich's damn liberal friends.
Ah yes, there's that word again: "progressive", because he's ashamed to use the standard term "socialist" or "communist", which is what Dennis the Menace is.
He is a proud member of the Democratic Socialists of America, and you can bet, the Communist USA group.
This loon not only has Napoleonic tendencies due to his shortness, he is also a MENTAL MIDGET!
The Congressional Progressive Caucus is the front for these Socialists:
"An array of national progressive organizations will work to support the efforts of the caucus, including the Institute for Policy Studies, The Nation Magazine, Moveon.org, National Priorities Project, Jobs with Justice Campaign, Peace Action, Americans for Democratic Action, and Progressive Democrats of America. Also co-sponsoring the kickoff event were the NAACP, ACLU, Progressive Majority, League of United Latin American Citizens, Rainbow/Push Coalition, National Council of La Raza, Hip Hop Caucus, Human Rights Campaign, Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs, and the National Hip Hop Political Convention. The CPC has long maintained cordial ties with the Democratic Socialists of America, which hosted its website during the 1990s."----from Wikipedia
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