Skip to comments.Politico: Sen. Stabenow Wants Hearings On Radio 'Accountability'; Talks Fairness Doctrine
Posted on 02/05/2009 12:33:55 PM PST by Red Steel
Michael Calderone in today's Politico reports on the latest liberal politician -- Michigan Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow -- openly touting their intent to silence their talk radio opposition with a reinstitution of the Fairness Doctrine.
"Whether its called the Fairness Standard (sic), whether its called something else I absolutely think its time to be bringing accountability to the airwaves."
Senator Stabenow was speaking on the air with liberal talk radio host Bill Press and to his eleven listeners nationwide. She insisted that she "think(s) its absolutely time to pass a standard" and indicated she had "already had some discussions with colleagues" about Fairness "Standard" hearings and that she "feel(s) like thats gonna happen. Yep."
Mr. Calderone delivers us the exchange (audio here):
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?
SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW (D-MI): 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. 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 thats gonna happen. Yep.
They's a-coming, in some form or fashion, whether it's the Fairness Doctrine, the Fairness Standard, localism or minority ownership. No matter how they intend to travel, the destination remains the same: silencing conservative talk radio.
We have no problem at all with Bill Press speaking as freely and as often as he likes, unimpeded by crushing government regulation. We wish only that he and his fellow censors, like Senator Stabenow, would return the favor.
Seton Motley is Director of Communications for the Media Research Center.
Already posted, few hours ago.
Shut up, Deb...
My standards would prohibit anyone having to listen to Stabenow.
How’s that for starters.
YO, STABACOW ... Which part of CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW did you MISS in Politician School??
I WILL USE my 2nd AMENDMENT to Protect my 1st!
Yes, but with an altered headline and with a different news organization.
Hannity railing on this now, as fired up as I’ve ever heard him.
paging dr. goebbles, dr. goebbles, please pick up the phone in the lobby dr. goebbles......emergency advice is requested by a fellow totalitarian!!!
paging dr. goebbles!!!!!
What kind of standard is this cow talking about?....A standard against free speech?....
You got that right. I’ve never heard Hannity this fired up. He’s on fire. It’s not only Stabenow, but it’s the porkulous bill too that’s got Sean on edge this afternoon.
Ahhh. I just remembered the text.
Balance NPR? Never happen.
The whack left is intent on silencing their opposition. Fairness my ass! Is the nightly news fair?......
Sean is on a roll!
Yeah he is, trying to get Stab-me-now on the line.
Deb, has a personal reason for dis liking talk radio.... they told the truth about her husband having a girl friend....but looking at her i can understand why.....he is much younger than she as well...
We need to fire back with
Yes, we understand why you’d want to silence dissenting speech,
because your ideology is logically indefensible.
This is great.....he only repeated her tel number 5 times....
BTW, Stabenow’s number is 202-224-3121.
Bill Press could institute the "standard" on his show and show everyone how it works.
The line is BUSY!!!!!
I’ve done the equivalent when discussing taxes with a lib -
dared them to walk across the room and take my money out of my wallet.
So it begins.
I’m surprised it’s taken all of two weeks to start.
That’s the regular number for all of CONgress.
It rang for me... then, “..we’re sorry, all circuits are busy, please try your call later....”
Get Mad Americans, this congress and our new boy president who doesn't have a clue, are out to get everything you have. Call your Senators and tell them NO to the Obama/Pelosi plan to tax the heck out of every man, woman, and child in this country. They are a bunch of lying thieves!
Demand Elizabeth Warren be put in charge of the Treasury, she has already done the math and blown the whistle on TARP....a loss of 78 billion. Wake up folks!
LOL ... You are probably right.
Hello Michigan! Get a life by getting rid of your Dem rulers
who got Mich. into the economic mess it is in. Start with Debs.
I heard that on Sean’s show....but I thought I was listening to an idot caller on the phone with an idiot host
Here is what we need in Congress, “Lead from the Front”!
Girlfriend? Heck it was a paid prostitute!
Screw the democrats. Then ABC, CBC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, et al NEED TO BE GELD TO THE SAME STANDARD!! A see lawsuits a brewing that will bitch slap the Democrats.
The utter stamina and mental agility it takes to argue with them....:)It can be fatiguing,especially when you consider what you’re up against.
And that should be “held” not “geld”. Sorry.
It’s ok...just teasing....I never could resist a freudian typo! ;)
The biggest stress involved with arguing with a lib is keeping their mind focused on the logical progression that ends up refuting their position.
She sure lit up Hannity!....Fire in the hole!
Hey Debbie, fat, dumb and incompetent is a hell of a way to go through life.
Try it, Deb. You think the switchboard is getting flooded now about the Porkulus Bill??? You ain’t seen nothin’ yet if you try to bring back the Anti-First Amendment Bill!!
Just try it!!
Actually,I was making reference to their inability to put words into complete sentences and not wandering off topic..but your point is a lot better!
Debbie’s husband’s little hooker friend is back in the news today. Got herself knocked up and is going to jail for violating her probation.
I thought Obama would wait until his 'stimulus' bill passed - in some form - before moving on to silencing conservative talk radio. Apparently Debbie Stabenow let the cat out of the bag, for which we should be grateful. Now we know it's coming - very soon - and can prepare. I'm certain Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and the other major conservative talk radio hosts will have their network's attorney's ready to fight any congressional action to implement another version of the cynically named 'Fairness Doctrine'
Senator Stabenow has inadvertently sounded the alarm for us and now, we'll either fight this coming outrage or stand silent, permanently.
First Amendment to the United States Constitution
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
December 15, 1791