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‘Fairness’ for Kerry: A liberal lock on the airwaves
Boston Herald ^ | 6/29/07 | Howie Carr

Posted on 06/29/2007 1:17:28 AM PDT by raccoonradio

So now Sen. John Kerry wants the Fairness Doctrine reinstated for broadcasters because the media “have been able to squeeze down and squeeze out opinion of opposing views.”

I agree, Liveshot. It’s just terrible the way some pompous, blue-blooded PC politicians are able to get an absolute free ride in the press from their fellow pompous blue-blood media barons for 30-plus years.

As a matter of fact, Sen. Kerry, if I were drafting an indictment of the unfairness of political coverage in the media, you’d be Count One.

Remember 2004? Talk about lack of fairness - that phony Dan Rather “60 Minutes” story about George Bush in the Texas Air National Guard.

Utterly false, debunked within hours, but because it was supposed to help Kerry, it was picked up and splashed across the front page for days by The New York Times [NYT] and the Boston Globe. In fact, days after this latest Jayson Blair-like outburst was debunked as total falsity, the Globe still ran a headline on the front page screaming that it was true, even though the copy below the headline admitted that it was nothing more than another dirty trick from the mainstream media.

How about when Kerry was between heiresses, practically living in his car, and his lame-o media buddies described his travails as “the wandering years.”

A more accurate description: the Kevin Federline years. There’s nothing sadder than a gigolo who has yet to track down his next aged ex-golddigger.

“These are the people,” Kerry said of the talk-show hosts, “that wiped out one of the most profound changes in the balance of the media.”

He neglects to mention that his team had a network, too, Air America, which failed because nobody wanted to listen to it.

But Air America’s crash-and-burn was understandable, because liberals already had their own radio network. It’s called NPR.

Here’s how it works. If you don’t like “talk radio,” you don’t have to listen, and you don’t have to pay for it. If you don’t like NPR, you don’t have to listen, but you do have to pay for it. How’s that for fairness, Sen. Kerry?

How come no one outside Massachusetts ever heard about the “16-point buck” he claimed to have had between the crosshairs on the Cape? How about how he claimed to have run the Boston Marathon but couldn’t recall the year?

What about the condo flipping? What about the Bob Brest Buick? Or the fact that George Bush actually got higher grades at Yale than Kerry? What about all his free rides on the Florida S&L bandido’s private jet back in the early ’90s., pre-Mama T? How come most voters still don’t know any of these stories?

Where’s the Fairness Doctrine when you really need it?

Yeah, we need the Fairness Doctrine all right. The liberals are so outgunned, after all. The conservatives have Fox, and the liberals’ only recourse is on CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, AP, NPR, PBS and Reuters.

Fairness? The Senate grandees shut down their phone system on Capitol Hill yesterday so they wouldn’t have to endure the pleas of the plebeians not to let 30 or 40 million more illegals swarm across the border. So much for those “conflicting views of public importance” that Kerry claims to care so much about. No, Kerry et al. only care about radio. In a way, it would be great if they succeeded - at least if you own stock in one of the satellite-radio companies. The return of the Fairness Doctrine could save both XM and Sirius. And then there’s Internet radio. Did you know that Wi-Fi is now available in some rental cars?

It’ll be tough extending the Fairness Doctrine to the Internet, Sen. Kerry. Because the talk-radio yahoos are going to demand the same freedom of speech as, say, pornographers.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Philosophy; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: airamerica; americangigolo; democrats; drivebymedia; fairnessdoctrine; firstamendment; howiecarr; jeanfrancoischeri; kerry; liberals; liveshot; msm; nationalguardforgery; npr; swiftboated; talkradio

1 posted on 06/29/2007 1:17:29 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: Andonius_99; Andy'smom; Big Guy and Rusty 99; bitt; Barset; Carolinamom; Cheapskate; danno3150; ...

Howie Carr column ping.

Also: via Radio and Records—

“House Votes To Block Reinstatement Of Fairness Doctrine
The House of Representatives on Thursday (June 28) voted overwhelmingly, 309-115, for an amendment sponsored by Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) that bars the FCC from using government money to restore the Fairness Doctrine, which required broadcasters to provide contrasting viewpoints on controversial issues.”

Conservative media blogger Brian Maloney: “While today’s vote prevents using taxpayer dollars to fund any reimplementation of the agency’s past policy, the real test will come after the 2008 presidential election. That’s when an elected Democrat president would have the opportunity to stack the FCC with the party’s own directors, which would mean an almost certain reimposition of free speech- stifling regulations. If Congress remains in Democrat hands, this scenario would be even more likely.”


2 posted on 06/29/2007 1:19:33 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

Bump


3 posted on 06/29/2007 1:31:03 AM PDT by Bronzewound
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To: raccoonradio
"I think the fairness doctrine ought to be there, and I also think equal time doctrine ought to come back," he said on the Brian Lehrer show on WNYC.

So what did the conservative, who was afforded equal time to balance out Kerry's viewpoint, have to say about this?

4 posted on 06/29/2007 1:43:02 AM PDT by Bronzewound
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To: raccoonradio
How about how he claimed to have run the Boston Marathon but couldn’t recall the year?

I contacted Frank Porter, Vice President of the Board of Governors of the Boston Marathon and asked him about Kerry's claim to have competed in the Boston Marathon. I didn't care if he finished or not -- my question was, was he entered?

Porter refused to comment.
5 posted on 06/29/2007 1:51:38 AM PDT by Beckwith (dhimmicrats and the liberal media have chosen sides -- Islamofascism)
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To: raccoonradio
Fairness Doctrine is just like the hate speech rule... That is, "We the liberal Democrats, gays, etc. can say anything we want to but the rest of you folks cannot talk back to us."

Rubbish...!!!

Is it Talk Radio's fault that American citizens are sick to death of the liberal bloviating on the air waves and in the newspapers they control? Is it Talk Radio's fault that the liberals are so stupid that they don't know that Americans don't want the opinion of the anchor reporting the news? Americans just want the "Who! What! Where! Why! How! We don't need Brian Williams', Katie Couric's, or Charlie Gibson's opinion on the story. We are quite capable of deciding for ourselves the merit of the story. Liberals need to get a clue. Americans know that liberals are liars. And, the folks are sick of these very boring people.

Long live Talk Radio... it's a town meeting where except for expletives, a person can voice his/her opinion whatever that opinion may be... bravo!!!

6 posted on 06/29/2007 2:07:13 AM PDT by xtinct (I was the next door neighbor kid's imaginary friend.)
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To: raccoonradio

I’ll agree to support the Fairness Doctrine so long as it is expanded to include each and every movie, television show, newspaper, book, etc.

That means I expect Ann Coulter to receive equal time on Comedy Central with Jon Stewart for starters.


7 posted on 06/29/2007 2:28:05 AM PDT by Dragonspirit (I like my taxes low, my terrorists dead, and my women pretty.)
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To: raccoonradio
Jean Francois' revenge for being Swift Boated.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

8 posted on 06/29/2007 2:30:13 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: raccoonradio
The liberal media failed to get the French Poseur elected President on a lie. Since then he's been angry, not at their deception on his behalf but at right wing bloggers for questioning his patriotism. Guess who he wants to shut up.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

9 posted on 06/29/2007 2:42:18 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: raccoonradio

Oh, good one!


10 posted on 06/29/2007 2:44:46 AM PDT by BunnySlippers
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To: Dragonspirit

And don’t forget equal distribution of Conservatives a with liberls in Tenured Universty positions, for instance, it’s currently 40:1 liberal at The University of Colorado..


11 posted on 06/29/2007 2:57:53 AM PDT by Wil H (Islam - the religion of perpetual outrage.)
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To: raccoonradio

Our country wasn’t founded on fairness. It was founded on allowing each person to have the freedom to seek his own goals to the best of his ability without interference by a government. The fact that some people are better at it than others is just the way it is. Anything less is a loss of freedom.


12 posted on 06/29/2007 3:01:38 AM PDT by BuffaloJack
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To: raccoonradio

“These are the people,” Kerry said of the talk-show hosts, “that wiped out one of the most profound changes in the balance of the media.”

What the heck does this mean? If he said “wiped out the balance of power” or called talk radio a “profound change” it would make his ramblings more clear. But, if you take him at his word - always a risky gamble - there was a “profound change in the balance of media” (lib domination) and talk radio “wiped it out”. Obviously, “Fairness” must be restored.


13 posted on 06/29/2007 3:10:56 AM PDT by Sapper26 (Quondo Omni Flunkus Moritati)
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To: raccoonradio
Here’s how it works. If you don’t like “talk radio,” you don’t have to listen, and you don’t have to pay for it. If you don’t like NPR, you don’t have to listen, but you do have to pay for it. How’s that for fairness, Sen. Kerry?

Howie is da man!
14 posted on 06/29/2007 3:17:30 AM PDT by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: raccoonradio
Yeah, we need the Fairness Doctrine all right. The liberals are so outgunned, after all. The conservatives have Fox, and the liberals’ only recourse is on CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, AP, NPR, PBS and Reuters.

Good thing Howie excluded the print media from this list, else his column would be about 50 pages long.
15 posted on 06/29/2007 3:21:34 AM PDT by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: raccoonradio

I love Howie. Not just for columns like this (a corker), but also because he worked his tail off for weeks, urging listeners to hound the senate and defeat the amnesty bill.


16 posted on 06/29/2007 3:23:54 AM PDT by hershey
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To: raccoonradio

This is one of Howie’s best ever columns.

He stood tall in the debate against shamnisty. It’s great to listen to this guy every weekday afternoon.


17 posted on 06/29/2007 3:33:59 AM PDT by islander-11 (Save Nantucket - Vote Republican!!!)
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To: raccoonradio

The Fairness Doctrine upsets a lot of liberals and Far Left-types, too. But when haven’t the Dems jumped at a chance to shoot themselves in the foot?


18 posted on 06/29/2007 3:41:19 AM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....when the sidewalks are safe for the little guy.)
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To: Beckwith
I didn’t care if he finished or not — my question was, was he entered? <<

Having looked into his phony military career and his elitist attitude, my guess would be..... Was he entered?....NO!...(elitist don't have to!) Did he run in it?........Yes,... He probably waited behind a car, 1/4 mile from the finish, doused himself with French spring water to represent sweat, and was filmed crossing the finish line....

19 posted on 06/29/2007 4:22:15 AM PDT by M-cubed (Why is "Greshams Law" a law?)
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To: raccoonradio
This fairness doctrine annoys me. We need to get on the offensive instead of just whining.

1. We need to force the government to define what is political comment. This would allow us to attack liberal voices as they plan to attack conservatives. Right now anything liberal like NPR is given a pass under the name of community information.
2 We need this to apply to TV also. What is the difference between TV and Radio waves. Easy...Radio is controlled by Conservative voices.
3. We need to let the government know we will defend the conservative right to speak and shut this down like we did the Immigration vote.

20 posted on 06/29/2007 4:30:29 AM PDT by when the time is right
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To: Bronzewound
So what did the conservative, who was afforded equal time to balance out Kerry's viewpoint, have to say about this?

A caller late in Rush's show yesterday posed an interesting question. Isn't the talk show host already offering equal time by playing whatever sound bite the other side said in set up for the commentary that follows by the host?

21 posted on 06/29/2007 4:31:00 AM PDT by Thermalseeker (Just the facts ma'am)
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To: BuffaloJack
Our country wasn’t founded on fairness. It was founded on allowing each person to have the freedom to seek his own goals to the best of his ability without interference by a government.

Excellent point and one that is lost on about 50% of Americans (i.e., the left).....

22 posted on 06/29/2007 4:33:18 AM PDT by Thermalseeker (Just the facts ma'am)
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To: raccoonradio

bump


23 posted on 06/29/2007 4:39:54 AM PDT by Christian4Bush ("Polls are for strippers and liberals." Caller to Rush, 6/5/2007)
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To: raccoonradio

It’s not fair and it’s not a doctrine. It is government control of thought and speech.


24 posted on 06/29/2007 4:40:09 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: raccoonradio
Here’s how it works. If you don’t like “talk radio,” you don’t have to listen, and you don’t have to pay for it. If you don’t like NPR, you don’t have to listen, but you do have to pay for it. How’s that for fairness, Sen. Kerry?

So very very true.

25 posted on 06/29/2007 5:03:44 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: raccoonradio
What about the condo flipping? What about the Bob Brest Buick? Or the fact that George Bush actually got higher grades at Yale than Kerry? What about all his free rides on the Florida S&L bandido’s private jet back in the early ’90s., pre-Mama T? How come most voters still don’t know any of these stories?

and don't forget 'fistgate' ...happened under Kerry's watch.

strange how a dem can run for president and not have even the most heinous issues under their 'leadership' investigated...meanwhile, the MSM is off making up stories about the GOP candidates.

This is just hillary's camp trying to do anything they can to minimize opposition talk as 'her heinous' makes her bid.

"The 1st amendment - only for the left" /s

26 posted on 06/29/2007 5:26:09 AM PDT by sten
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To: raccoonradio

[[But Air America’s crash-and-burn was understandable, because liberals already had their own radio network. It’s called NPR]]

Air America failed because people to not want to hear how terrible their country is. Hate does not sell here in the land of the greatest and most successful social experiment (US Constitutional Republic) in the history of mankind. Contrary to the popular belief of most liberals and radical leftists, America still is the greatest country on earth.


27 posted on 06/29/2007 5:31:10 AM PDT by Buffettfan
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To: Thermalseeker
A caller late in Rush's show yesterday posed an interesting question. Isn't the talk show host already offering equal time by playing whatever sound bite the other side said in set up for the commentary that follows by the host?

That is exactly what the liberals hate the most. Somebody with intelligence taking apart their ridiculous statements.

28 posted on 06/29/2007 5:57:25 AM PDT by CPOSharky (An organization that kills those who do not believe it's dogma is NOT a religion.)
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To: raccoonradio

Kerry is just a panty-waiste elitist desperately trying to hang on to relevancy after being “outed” (in more ways than one) in the ‘04 election. Move over, Jimmy Carter.


29 posted on 06/29/2007 6:11:03 AM PDT by GoldenPup
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To: M-cubed

He has never been photographed participating in the Boston Marathon.

But your logic is sound.

He’s just a liar.

Funny thing is — I don’t think he knows he’s lying when he’s lying. I believe he believes his own bullsh!t.


30 posted on 06/29/2007 6:18:25 AM PDT by Beckwith (dhimmicrats and the liberal media have chosen sides -- Islamofascism)
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To: Dragonspirit

Will the Fairness Doctrine also apply to public colleges and Universities? How about public schools forcing their students to watch alwhores movie?


31 posted on 06/29/2007 6:33:50 AM PDT by Holicheese (Zap Razdowler Rules!)
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To: Buffettfan
Air America failed because people to not want to hear how terrible their country is.

They also bashed American businesses and were shocked when they couldn't get paying sponsors.

32 posted on 06/29/2007 6:37:52 AM PDT by AU72
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To: All; raccoonradio

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NEVER FORGET

.

With their supporting Communist North Vietnam’s push to take over a then Free South Vietnam during the Vietnam War...

...JOHN KERRY and his partner Senator TED KENNEDY succeeded in killing Freedom of Speech for the South Vietnamese People.

Leaving in their wake:

Pictures of a vietnamese Re-Education (SLAVE LABOR) Camp

http://www.Freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1308949/posts

.

NEVER FORGET

.


33 posted on 06/29/2007 6:44:51 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com))
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To: Dragonspirit

>>I’ll agree to support the Fairness Doctrine so long as it is expanded to include each and every movie, television show, newspaper, book, etc.

Wouldn’t it be fair for schools that show “Fahrenheit 911”
and “An Inconvenient Truth” in class to also have similar films
rebutting those views? Naw, those other films (”FahrenHYPE
9/11” and “Celsius 41.11”, for example) are just right-
wing propaganda, eh?

Fairness!


34 posted on 06/29/2007 7:11:52 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: AU72

That’s what I’ve said before...they bash Wal-Mart, etc.,
and then cut to a...public service announcement...No ads
bought.

Oh, but they did make a big deal about a supposed list of
companies that were told to NOT advertise on Air America
because of the political views. Vast Right Wing Conspiracy
strikes again!


35 posted on 06/29/2007 7:13:34 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: goldstategop

>>Swift Boated

Oh boy. I get on radio messageboards and that term comes up
and the meaning is “liars who made up stuff about Sen.
Kerry and tricked the American people into voting against
him”. (”more Swift Boating by right wing wackos, here”).
Then I point out that Kerry did nothing to fight back against them, especially during the campaign when it may have done
some good (got proof they’re wrong, John? Get that info
out there!)...no, instead John announces that the truth
about his Vietnam years will come out—some TWO YEARS
after the election. (And I still don’t think he’s
given justification for disputing the charges. Any
lawsuits against O’Neill and Corsi pending, John?
Are you going to give us the REAL story, John?)


36 posted on 06/29/2007 7:18:05 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio; All

from Jon Keller’s blog (WBZ-TV):


Sen. John Kerry, adding his voice to a growing chorus of congressional Democrats demanding restoral of federal enforcement of “fairness” in broadcast political coverage: “One of the most profound changes in the balance of the media is when the conservatives got rid of the equal time requirements. And the result is they’ve been able to squeeze down and squeeze out opinion of opposing views. I think it has been a very important transition in the imbalance of our public dialogue.”

Where to begin?

First, Kerry’s statement is patently false. If he – or you – have hard evidence of “opposing views” (opposing to what?) being “squeezed out,” send them along and I’ll print them. I won’t hold my breath, because you can’t honestly find any. In today’s media environment – print, broadcast TV, cable TV, HDTV, radio, internet, etc. – I challenge you to find an opinion anywhere, no matter how far out on the fringe, that doesn’t have a ready outlet of some kind. Kerry isn’t mad about opinion being squeezed, he’s upset about opinion (often, admittedly, masquerading as fact, as in some of the more vulgar smears against his war record) he doesn’t like. A wild guess – George W. Bush heard and saw plenty of media coverage in the 2004 campaign he didn’t like either. An odd symmetry there, don’t you think?

Second, Kerry is a bit hypocritical here. The old fairness doctrine called for all legally-qualified candidates to be given equal time and included in debates. If Kerry protested Ralph Nader’s exclusion from the 2004 debates, I must have missed it.

Third, Kerry and his fellow whiners are completely missing the point about the new media landscape. A million flowers are blooming there. Some give off offensive odors. Some can poison you. News consumers have to be careful about which ones they swallow. But protecting the audience from nonsense overdose can not intelligently be argued to be the job of the federal government. Just because the marketplace wouldn’t support Air America doesn’t mean that a vast right-wing conspiracy has hijacked the airwaves, is suppressing liberal thought, and needs to be reined in by federal cops. Air America did a poor job of programming and promotion. Some of its hosts were too shrill – others were too dull.

Last time I checked, it was a fifty-fifty country when it comes to presidential politics, a fact that suggests there’s a huge audience available to left-leaning talk radio above and beyond NPR. Is trusting the voters and the marketplace to reward competent liberal broadcasters with ratings and clout too much to ask of Kerry and company? Meanwhile, Rush Limbaugh and company are thankful for the huge boost in public standing they’re receiving from this ill-advised crusade against them.


37 posted on 06/29/2007 8:00:40 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: Sapper26
What the heck does this mean?

LOL! Always a mistake to try to ferret out actual meaning in any of Kerry's bloviations! He's got the classy accent (acquired somewhere since his younger days), but his content is 99 44/100 pure -- air!

38 posted on 06/29/2007 11:06:58 AM PDT by maryz
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