Skip to comments.Sen. Stabenow wants hearings on radio 'accountability'; talks fairness doctrine
Posted on 02/05/2009 9:49:10 AM PST by paltz
This morning, radio host Bill Press brought up the recent closing of liberal station Obama 1260 when speaking with Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, and talked about whether there needs to be a balance to right wing talk on the radio dial.
BILL PRESS: Yeah, I mean look: They have a right to say that. They’ve got a right to express that. But, they should not be the only voices heard. So, is it time to bring back the Fairness Doctrine?
SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW (D-MI): 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.
BILL PRESS: Can we count on you to push for some hearings in the United States Senate this year, to bring these owners in and hold them accountable?
SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW (D-MI): I have already had some discussions with colleagues and, you know, I feel like that’s gonna happen. Yep.
Although Obama has been publicly opposed to reinstating the fairness doctrine, conservative radio has talked non-stop about the fear of it returning (or perhaps something like it with another name) while there's a Democrat in the White House and a Democratic majority in Congress.
Congress critter ping!
If this happens, I want Rush Limbaugh with his own show on NPR.
I am hoping the Democrats ‘go there’ folks. Lets have these hearings. Lets show every single American exactly who these Democrats really are.
Its one of the best issues for 2010 we can get, courtesy of idiots like Stabenow
Little Debbie Slabofcow is quite likely the dumbest person in congress!
"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
Scariest statement since Pelosi tried to explain the porkulus bill.
“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.”
LMAO! Yeah, right.
“But, they should not be the only voices heard.”
And they are not, end of problem!
The issue is instead that people choose who they listen to, and they listen to the “wrong people” consistently.
You can’t blanket a nation with a single concept set if there are alternatives, also called choice.
She needs to go home and “take care” of her husband...if you know what I mean.
Try to take that away from us and, far as I am concerned, CW-II is on.
Let the Left find some people with brains and class and who know how to do quality radio and their voices will be heard. I attempted to listen to Air America a couple of times. Politics aside, it was dreadful radio. Just unlistenable. If I were a liberal, I would be embarrassed by it.
As hard as it might be to get this through a statist's skull, it's the market that determines what broadcasts stay on the air. They need to go out there with better people and try to compete in it.
To hell with censorship.
hey Sen. Debbie, BRING IT ON!!!
No visuals, please! I don't know how long they've been married, but I get the feeling he's grown tired of her s**t.
I sent the link to the Politico article to Paul W. Smith at WJR. Stabenow will be on the hot seat VERY soon because of this.
Actually she is a Senator. That is even more scary. I listened to her get taken apart by Paul W. Smith on WJR about a year ago. This is the same woman who’s husband got caught getting a BJ from a hooker.
Gee, I WONDER why!!
How about a balance to television, cable and newspapers?
Yo, StabaCOW... which part of ... “CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW...” did you MISS at “Senator School?”
It is accountable to its advertisers.
Can you blame him ?
Since when are liberals interested in anything approaching fairness? They know liberal talk radio doesnt’ sell, because it doesn’t have an audience. People can always get the liberal spin on regular newscasts.
Visual image coming into focus on the Stabenow creature: treadmill and a can of slim fast. The stimulus bill is not the only thing that needs to shed the fat./Just Asking - seoul62......
Looks like Debbie could make about three Alycia’s.
If imposed the fairness regulations will basically kill smaller AM radio stations whose major source of advertising revenue is from ads run with popular talk shows like Rush and Hannity. No one will want to listen to Air America type drivel or endless informercials nor will local advertisers want to buy ads during those programs. I could see satellite radio being a big winner in the fairness wars as the large audiences for conservative talk radio would flock to non censored satellite radio broadcasts.
She’s a genius compared to Babs Boxer!
She should focus on the Senate’s “Improved Nutrition and Physical Activity Act” (IMPACT), instead.
This is one of those things that should cause massive civil disobedience.
What standards would she like placed on her free speech rights?
Bill would rather undermine the 1st Amendment to further a sleazy, liberal agenda than admit the truth. People don’t listen to liberal talk radio because they don’t need it. The 0media, which includes the Hollywood leftnuts, provide born again Omericans with 24/7 liberal hype. Conservative talk radio and conservative blogs are the only news sources propping up the 1st Amendment. They are doing exactly what our Founders intended news media to do.
Thinly veiled censorship, an affront to the First Amendment, and should be resisted at every turn.
The Libs have access to the same radio airwaves as everyone. To date, their attempts to capitalize on that access have failed. On the other hand, they still pretty much own the print media and television.
We don’t need anything like the Fairness Doctrine revisited upon the American broadcast industry.
Please make your elected officials aware of your views on this subject.
Fairness Doctrine Ping.
Does the fairness standard pass the reasonableness test?
They’re just threatening this to intimidate their opponents on radio so they’ll shut up. The Fairness Doctrine is unconstitutional and isn’t going anywhere as no doubt the GOP would filibuster any bill.
what free speech??
shut down conservatism, thats the goal.
but we both know it will not apply to liberal radio or TV
lol. Githner, Daschle, Panetta etc etc, all the cream of the crop and pure as snow
BILL PRESS: Yeah, I mean look: They have a right to say that. Theyve got a right to express that. But, they should not be the only voices heard. So, is it time to bring back the Fairness Doctrine?
Let’s face it if the liberal agenda were truthful the public would listen. Lib after lib has tried talk radio and they have failed miserably.
Should these dictators try to stop talk radio, there must be a giant march on Washington led by El Rushbo, Hannity and Laura Ingrahm.
I think its absolutely time to pass a standard. Now, whether its called the Fairness Standard, whether its called something else I absolutely think its time to be bringing accountability to the airwaves. I mean, our new president has talked rightly about accountability and transparency.
By all means, let's have a little transparency. Before you go anywhere with this "standard" of yours, prove that journalism is objective.
You cannot do it, because even if it were true the absence of bias would be an unprovable negative.
And you cannot do it because it is provably false. Journalism openly follows rules such as "If it Bleeds, it leads" and "Man Bites Dog, not Dog Bites Man" which are easily justifiable but only from the self-interested perspective of the desire of journalism to make money.
Bad news is patently not in the public interest - but it is what interests the public. So without making criminal accusations, it is clear that journalism would profit if a bridge failed or a major crime were perpetrated or a hurricane hit somewhere and killed a lot of folks.
Not only so, but politicians have a powerful incentive to get on the good side of journalists, and conservative talk radio is notably critical of "bias in the media." So politicians who promote "accountability" of conservative talk radio programs - government control directly contrary to the intent of the First Amendment - must initially rebut the presumption that they are corruptly currying favor with journalists who are in a position to help them in return. Rather than nobly serving the public good as they pretend.
Wow, can’t really blame him, have you seen Senator D?
If that is a picture of the prostitute then you at least can understand why he kind of, was maybe, attracted to her!
This is one of those things that should cause massive civil disobedience.
“If this happens, I want Rush Limbaugh with his own show on NPR.”
And I want Karl Rove to appear weekly on MTP. As well as Mark Steyn on This Week and Hugh Hewitt on Face the Nation.
Not to mention Mark Levin on PBS.
I’m kinda hoping Stabenow pushes this. Talk about galvanizing the base!
Not Guilty. The prostitute not Sen Stanebow
You got that right. In fact this narrow application of "Fairness" really stinks. If Stabenow and her cohorts were consistent they would also demand a "Fairness Doctrine" for the NY Times and other MSM papers, the broadcast television networks (ABC, NBC, CBS and PBS), movies made by Hollywood and faculty hiring practices and course content on college campuses. Of course they don't ask for a "Fairness Doctrine" for these other outlets because they're dominated by liberal Democrats (or even worse) and would be screaming bloody murder about "McCarthyism" if any conservatives even suggested it.
You say this so clearly. You have changed my thinking about news so that I can’t even listen to most newscasts without thinking, “Why is this news? It’s not important to 99% of the people listening.”
Bill O’Reilly’s interview last night with Steve Kroft was instructive. BOR was impressed that kroft got so close to 0bama during the campaign. Well, big deal. He was allowed access as long as he showed 0 in a good light. 0’s team knew how to leverage the power of the press and the tv media.
Yet Kroft’s attitude on BOR’s show was that 0 had a huge uphill battle to get to the Presidency! It was surreal how these two talked about the whole thing. 0 had a free spokesman courtesy of CBS. Where’s the story in that, except that it was a complete breakdown of the vaunted “objectivity” of the press? Kroft might as well have been a reporter for Pravda following Stalin around.