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Mitt Romney's VC Firm to Buy Clear Channel (It's All about The Fairness Doctrine!)
Chris Brunner.com ^ | December 13, 2007 | Chris Brunner

Posted on 01/31/2008 5:04:51 AM PST by knarf

We are all about information.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: clearchannel; romney
"December 14, 2007 Mitt Romney's VC Firm to Buy Clear Channel Posted by Chris Brunner at December 14, 2007 10:25 AM

What would it cost to buy the support of just about every nationally syndicated neocon talk show host in America? About $19.5 billion, which is what Mitt Romney's private equity firm, Bain Capital, and Thomas H. Lee Partners have agreed to pay in a leveraged buyout agreement with Clear Channel Communications, the largest radio station owner in the country. This is part of a negotiation that has been pending for over a year.

Clear Channel owns more than 1,100 full-power AM, FM, and shortwave radio stations, twelve radio channels on XM Satellite Radio, and more than 30 television stations in the United States. Premiere Radio Networks, which is the largest syndication company in the United States, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Clear Channel and is home to Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and many others. Sean Hannity recently signed a large multi-market contract with Clear Channel, as well.

From an anonymous email:

"I'll bet those hosts won't reveal that conflict of interest, but it's worth noting when you hear them begin hyping Romney, which has already begun. A lot of GOP supporters will support whomever they are told to support, so be prepared for a big push for Romney. On the bright side, Romney has more vulnerabilities than Rudy, based on his record. Look at this as the GOP establishment doing us a favor. Rich men can bankroll their own campaigns (a la John Kerry), but it takes a special breed to use investors' money to buy entire networks that can operate as passive wings of a presidential campaign."

It should be noted that Mitt Romney, while no longer the CEO, remains a silent partner of Bain Capital."

This got me to thinking about the last ten years of my life.

I got my first computer in 1998, and it was in that year I discovered talk radio and FreeRepublic.

Up until then, I was a classic sheeple ... wife, job, 4 or 5 kids (can't remember if one was out of the house at the time), and happy to be alive.

But in 1998, there was a lot of murmering about Bill Clinton, and though I did not consider myself political, I was intrigued with the thought that something un-American might be going on in the White House and politics in general.

Rush was talking sense and FreeRepublic offered me the opportunity to sit and stare at the printed word, mulling over the thought(s) transcribed, and reverberating in my head.

Which brings me to the here and now.

FreeRepublic and talk radion are both about diseminating information.

Someone has said "Knowledge is power" and Rush was the one I heard say, "Words mean something"

If the wrong person gets into the White House, I think we can be assured that a lot of the information we all get daily would cease.

Now, I am not necesarilly a Romnet fan ... but he is no more connected to Baine than Cheney is to Halliburton. But I think I would want someone that understands the business of talk radio making decisions, and vetoeing, than someone who has no problem with trampling on and eliminating 1st Ammendment rights.

I welcome serious commentary on what I've posted here.

After all ... that's what I frequent Freerepublic .... that, and the fact that Jim allows me into his living room to take part in the on-going discusion about our (once?) blessed land.

1 posted on 01/31/2008 5:04:52 AM PST by knarf
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To: knarf

Make no mistake.

If Mrs. Impeached President is elected, she will enact the fairness doctrine and effectually kill talk radio, THE primary voice of conservatism.


2 posted on 01/31/2008 5:07:51 AM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (If Hillary is elected, her legacy will be telling the American people: Better put some ice on that.)
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To: knarf

Well thought out. You win the best vanity of the month.


3 posted on 01/31/2008 5:08:13 AM PST by bmwcyle (What is the American voter thinking?)
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To: bmwcyle

Thanx, but the red print is from an e-mail ... it just sparked my thinking.


4 posted on 01/31/2008 5:13:20 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe
You missed one small detail, Rush will still be on the air since all any radio station needs to do is come up with one show to contradict him. It’s all the other hosts that will be out of work. In case anyone hasn’t noticed, Rush has been quietly moving his listeners to become a mass of non-voters. Rush knows that if Hillary or Obama wins, not only will he have an obscene amount of new material to complain about, but if the fairness doctrine is reenacted, he will be the only conservative show on the air.
5 posted on 01/31/2008 5:18:07 AM PST by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe
If Mrs. Impeached President is elected, she will enact the fairness doctrine and effectually kill talk radio, THE primary voice of conservatism.

So will John McCain, if he is elected. In fact, the Fairness Doctrine is, if anything, more likely to be revived under McCain Administration because he has scores to settle with Limbaugh, Hannity, Savage, et. al. Not only did the conservative talkers ruin the McCain-Kennedy amnesty plan, they are by and large coalescing around Romney as the last stand against the Arizona Senator. McCain will cloak it under the veneer of bipartisanship and sway a few RINOs to vote with the Democrats.

6 posted on 01/31/2008 5:24:06 AM PST by Wallace T.
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To: Dixie Yooper
Exodus 23

1 Do not spread false reports. Do not help a wicked man by being a malicious witness.

In business competition is good. Rush understands that about business. There is much more interest in the spending dollar when there is more choices. Also there are other reasons Rush is doing this but it is not what you just stated.

7 posted on 01/31/2008 5:39:49 AM PST by bmwcyle (What is the American voter thinking?)
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To: Dixie Yooper

Rush will move to satellite transmission and solve the problem. You will still be able to pick him up over the internet .


8 posted on 01/31/2008 5:53:44 AM PST by Renegade (You go tell my buddies)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

I see it the other way around. If a Democrat wins, they will feel no need to hurry and enact the fairness doctrine. They will instead feel victorious that the little conservative talk radio hosts were unable to stop their win.

The bigger problem will be John McCain, he will be all for the fairness doctrine because he is a mean vindictive little man, and will take no critcism. He is the one that will fire the Dems up for the fairness doctrine just to show how bipartisan he is. *snicker*


9 posted on 01/31/2008 6:04:40 AM PST by dforest (Don't even ask me to vote for McCain, Rudy, or Huckster.)
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To: knarf

This crap has been posted before. Clear Channlel turned turned down an offer from the same group in April that was for a few billion more dollars. Why would they take less now?
After this story was originally posted the site from which it was taken was no longer available on the net.This is a political hatchet job.


10 posted on 01/31/2008 6:07:07 AM PST by em2vn
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To: knarf
Oh yeah, The management of Clear Channel send content memos to Rush, Sean, and Glenn daily, explaining what party line spew forth that day.

</sarc>

11 posted on 01/31/2008 6:26:16 AM PST by Yo-Yo (USAF, TAC, 12th AF, 366 TFW, 366 MG, 366 CRS, Mtn Home AFB, 1978-81)
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To: em2vn
I wasn't aware of that, so I'll take your word for it.

The fear(s) however are real.

I've heard Hannity talk about it, Savage is sueing CAIR, Imus was fired ... and I don't know whom else might be in the sights for anti-American freedom.

Hatchet job or not ... Is it not true that Romney is a 'business man' (and at least once affiliated with an organization that wanted Clear Channel), and would act in accordance to what I've read here in FreeRepublic innumerable times ... "If this was a business, he'd be fired ..." ... or ... "We have to balance our checkbooks, he should be held to the same ... " ... or ... "If I had done that, I'd be in jail now" ...


?


etc.

12 posted on 01/31/2008 6:33:14 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

If McCain is elected, he will too, as retaliation against Rush, Ingraham, Malkin, Coulter, etc.


13 posted on 01/31/2008 6:34:45 AM PST by rintense (You don't advance conservatism by becoming more liberal. Piss off McCain and Huck!)
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To: Yo-Yo
That isn't my point, Y0-Y0 ... I'm merely (trying to) express(ing) my thoughts about the fact that I was turned around by the mediums of talk radio and FreeRepublic ... which translates into .. The Internet.

The x42 bwitch has already voiced it's disdain for the internet, and free speech internet in particular ... which is one of the main points in the Communist Manifesto ... Control the media.

I just don't want to take a chance on losing my ability to prove to my children (I'll probably be dead) how I came to the conclusions I've come to, and act/speak the way I do.

THEY are America now ... whether we believe that or not ... I recognize my own mortality, and the older I get ... the more the word 'posterity' becomes real and important.

Wickapaedia has been compromised ... The 'modern' dictionaries are crap, very few people actually READ a book ... the gummint skoolz teach everything BUT readin', writin' n' 'rithmetic.. (kids don't even know what arithmetic IS!).

If America is/was the great experiment .... consider in the same light talk radio and FreeRepublic.

It doesn't take much for me to see the connection that all things free (We, the people, etc.) are being attacked, with the intent to destroy.

14 posted on 01/31/2008 6:45:59 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: knarf

Is Talk radio on the Romney hook/conflict of interest?

http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1961240/posts


15 posted on 01/31/2008 6:54:07 AM PST by FreedomProtector
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To: FreedomProtector
No more than Bush as a former oil owner or Cheney as a former Halliburtonite.

I don't pretend to know what IS the outcome of all this (gas prices/Bush ... whose fault is it?) ... but I think I'd rather have a President that understands business, when the Dhims are SURE to push for a resurfacing of The Fairness Doctrine. Especially if they lose the Presidency.

I'm SURE McCain (/Feingold) will sign it into perpetual law.

16 posted on 01/31/2008 7:06:33 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: knarf

I’ve listened to Rush for years (at least 12).

I have never heard him take as big of 180 degree turn as he did the last couple of weeks. His mantra for 3 months was “I don’t get involved in primaries”, then something changed and he started discussing every minute. His show has become fractured lately and I have never heard him in so many uncomfortable moments on the air. Rush probably has enough money to buy most of clear channel outright, but something is up, ‘cause the program isn’t the same.


17 posted on 01/31/2008 7:13:09 AM PST by FreedomProtector
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To: indylindy
The bigger problem will be John McCain, he will be all for the fairness doctrine because he is a mean vindictive little man, and will take no critcism. He is the one that will fire the Dems up for the fairness doctrine just to show how bipartisan he is. *snicker*

Quite true. It's sad and sickening.

18 posted on 01/31/2008 7:21:46 AM PST by maclay
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To: FreedomProtector
I'm a layed off truck driver, so I haven't listened much in the last couple of weeks (check the truck stops ... they're not as full as they used to be ... a lot of owner/operators and company drivers aren't going out ... no profit .... increasing shipping costs, increasing sticker price ... etc., etc.).

So I am not familiar with what you say, but I'll take your word for it .... there's no doubt this is probably the most charged election I've ever experienced.

19 posted on 01/31/2008 7:32:52 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: FreedomProtector
No, Einstein, maybe they just think like all these people do: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1962388/posts?page=62#62
20 posted on 01/31/2008 7:35:25 AM PST by redgirlinabluestate (Unite 4 Mitt --- Stop McCain)
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To: redgirlinabluestate

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=Mitt+bought+endorsements


21 posted on 01/31/2008 7:42:42 AM PST by FreedomProtector
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To: knarf

Romney was in charge of a very successful hedge fund that was partnered with another concern whick made a bid for Clear Channel. It’s called business.
There was never any wrong doing associated with Romney fund.


22 posted on 01/31/2008 8:22:14 AM PST by em2vn
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To: FreedomProtector

I don’t see talk radio as being for Romney. The only reason Rush went off on Huck, is because Hucks camp hit Rush first.

Poor judgement from the Huck camp.

However, none of these people tout Romney over anyone else.


23 posted on 01/31/2008 8:29:09 AM PST by dforest (Don't even ask me to vote for McCain, Rudy, or Huckster.)
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To: indylindy
I don’t think you’re thinking along the same lines I am. Here’s my worst-case scenario:

1. Dem wins (Mrs. Impeached President).
2. More Dems in both houses.
3. Republicans completely cave and move to the left of center
4. Fairness Doctrine.
5. Socialized Medicine
6. Amnesty
7. Leftists judges.
8. Punitive taxation of business
9. Businesses leave in droves as they already have enough foreign operations in place to make the switch
10. Massive unemployment
11. Stocks plunge.
12. Dollar fails.
13. Massive military cuts
14. ChiComs make their move to dominate the Pacific
15. War
16. We lose

You need to think of Mrs. BJc as a Chavez, only without Chavez' smooth, tight skin. With her and a Dem congress and senate, she can push through the judges and amnesty. In 1980, Reagan did not have 20 million sudden Democrats to vote against him. A Hillary win backed by the Reps moving to the Left of center, guarantee Dems in power for at least one decade. The Leftists on the benches supporting such things as McCain-Feingold (and many more such pieces of legislation that guarantee those in power remain in power), we may very well see Dem control of this country until it is nearly completely Socialized.

If Hillary takes over, make no mistake, she will be a tyrant. And one thing tyrants never do is rest easily. She will kill talk radio. McCain will probably do the same because he is a Clinton shadow, as George Will said, not only in political tactic, but in ideology as well.

24 posted on 01/31/2008 4:56:48 PM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (If Hillary is elected, her legacy will be telling the American people: Better put some ice on that.)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

Well, I do agree that Hillary and McCain will do the same thing. But you see, we have no one left other than Huck who plays MCCains spoiler boy, or Mitt, who will never win anyway.


25 posted on 01/31/2008 5:01:46 PM PST by dforest (Don't even ask me to vote for McCain, Rudy, or Huckster.)
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To: indylindy
I think the Clinton camp is doing everything they can to marginalize Romney because they fear him the most.

He’s a Republican who won in (very) liberal Massachusetts.
He has executive experience both in the private sector and in government.
He oversaw and implemented a government-run healthcare system.

I’m no Romney fan (he’s too liberal for my tastes, though I think he is more conservative than the others, except Thompson and Hunter), but I do think if it were him against Hussein or Mrs. Filegate, Romney would win.

Would it be a first (compared to first woman or first black)? It sure would, in one sense. He’d be the first non-Christian. At least, the last time I spoke with a Mormon, he denied that they were Christians though Jesus’ teachings were a core part of their theology.

26 posted on 01/31/2008 5:18:21 PM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (If Hillary is elected, her legacy will be telling the American people: Better put some ice on that.)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

You know, I believe this religious battle has opened the door for McCain. I don’t know how this party ever survived. My goodness, did Mormans vote for Christians or is that something Mormans are trying to force on the GOP voter just this year?

I really wonder.

I don’t like any of these guys really. As far as I am concerned, none of them will do.


27 posted on 01/31/2008 5:27:46 PM PST by dforest (Don't even ask me to vote for McCain, Rudy, or Huckster.)
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To: indylindy
Mormons have traditionally been conservative and Republican. The guy I was mentioning switched over to Kerry in 04 because he couldn’t stand Bush. But I don’t think that was because of his religion, rather he personally was drifting to the center a bit and was concerned about how the world perceives us and though Kerry could fix the image.
28 posted on 01/31/2008 5:36:03 PM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (If Hillary is elected, her legacy will be telling the American people: Better put some ice on that.)
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