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Politico: Sen. Stabenow Wants Hearings On Radio 'Accountability'; Talks Fairness Doctrine
News Busters ^ | February 5, 2009 - 13:45 ET | Seton Motley

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 it’s called the Fairness Standard (sic), whether it’s called something else – I absolutely think it’s 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) it’s 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 that’s gonna happen. Yep." 

Mr. Calderone delivers us the exchange (audio here):

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.

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.


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: 111th; billpress; censorshipdoctrine; democratcongress; democrats; fascism; michigan; stabenow; stabmenow; talkradio; unfairnessdoctrine
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1 posted on 02/05/2009 12:33:55 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

Already posted, few hours ago.


2 posted on 02/05/2009 12:35:13 PM PST by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: Red Steel

Shut up, Deb...


3 posted on 02/05/2009 12:35:22 PM PST by madison10
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To: Red Steel

My standards would prohibit anyone having to listen to Stabenow.

How’s that for starters.


4 posted on 02/05/2009 12:37:08 PM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: Red Steel

Debs Stabacow

5 posted on 02/05/2009 12:38:15 PM PST by arealconservativeforachange (There are too many Republicans in the Republican Party.)
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To: Red Steel

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!


6 posted on 02/05/2009 12:39:41 PM PST by gwilhelm56 (MULLAH HUSSEIN - which part of "Congress shall make no Law" - do you NOT UNDERSTAND??)
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To: Badeye

Yes, but with an altered headline and with a different news organization.


7 posted on 02/05/2009 12:39:41 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

Hannity railing on this now, as fired up as I’ve ever heard him.


8 posted on 02/05/2009 12:40:52 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Play the new "rehab" card: apologize for cheating on your taxes)
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To: Red Steel

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!!!!!

IMHO


9 posted on 02/05/2009 12:41:34 PM PST by ripley
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To: Red Steel

What kind of standard is this cow talking about?....A standard against free speech?....


10 posted on 02/05/2009 12:41:36 PM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: NonValueAdded

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.


11 posted on 02/05/2009 12:43:35 PM PST by Boanarges
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To: Red Steel

Ahhh. I just remembered the text.


12 posted on 02/05/2009 12:43:39 PM PST by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: Red Steel

Balance NPR? Never happen.


13 posted on 02/05/2009 12:43:43 PM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Red Steel

The whack left is intent on silencing their opposition. Fairness my ass! Is the nightly news fair?......


14 posted on 02/05/2009 12:44:19 PM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Boanarges

Stabenow 202-224-3121
Sean is on a roll!


15 posted on 02/05/2009 12:45:12 PM PST by FES0844
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To: NonValueAdded

Yeah he is, trying to get Stab-me-now on the line.


16 posted on 02/05/2009 12:45:22 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: arealconservativeforachange

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...


17 posted on 02/05/2009 12:45:57 PM PST by JoanneSD (illegals represented without taxation.. Americans taxed without representation)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

We need to fire back with

Yes, we understand why you’d want to silence dissenting speech,

because your ideology is logically indefensible.


18 posted on 02/05/2009 12:46:00 PM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: FES0844

This is great.....he only repeated her tel number 5 times....

BTW, Stabenow’s number is 202-224-3121.


19 posted on 02/05/2009 12:46:36 PM PST by Boanarges
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
What kind of standard is this cow talking about?....

Bill Press could institute the "standard" on his show and show everyone how it works.

20 posted on 02/05/2009 12:46:43 PM PST by Dan(9698)
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To: Red Steel

The line is BUSY!!!!!


21 posted on 02/05/2009 12:47:12 PM PST by FES0844
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To: NonValueAdded
Hannity railing on this now, as fired up as I’ve ever heard him.

LOLOL!!! Ain't he??? Now he's giving out Stabenow's number-over and over and over.His producer is trying to get ahold of her office.Hannity is daring her to come on the show and grab his mike out of his hand! He is pretty wound up.
22 posted on 02/05/2009 12:47:47 PM PST by gimme1ibertee ("No pale pastels,but bold colors".....Ronnie,we sure do miss you,sir!)
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To: Red Steel

23 posted on 02/05/2009 12:48:14 PM PST by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: gimme1ibertee

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.


24 posted on 02/05/2009 12:49:21 PM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: Carry_Okie; Noumenon; Jeff Head; Joe Boucher

So it begins.

I’m surprised it’s taken all of two weeks to start.


25 posted on 02/05/2009 12:49:53 PM PST by sauropod (An expression of deep worry and concern failed to cross either of Zaphod's faces - hitchhiker's guid)
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To: Boanarges

That’s the regular number for all of CONgress.


26 posted on 02/05/2009 12:50:43 PM PST by sauropod (An expression of deep worry and concern failed to cross either of Zaphod's faces - hitchhiker's guid)
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To: Red Steel
Go ahead and try it, Stabenow. See how fast we start the recall petition.


27 posted on 02/05/2009 12:51:52 PM PST by DJ Frisat (I don't run in the Special Olympics and I don't try to reason with liberals.)
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To: Red Steel
And what exactly does the liberal brain, as small as it is, think the first amendment protecting free speech is all about?
28 posted on 02/05/2009 12:51:53 PM PST by Tarpon (America's first principles, freedom, liberty, market economy and self-reliance will never fail.)
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To: Tarpon

porn


29 posted on 02/05/2009 12:52:38 PM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: FES0844

It rang for me... then, “..we’re sorry, all circuits are busy, please try your call later....”


30 posted on 02/05/2009 12:53:01 PM PST by NEMDF
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To: Red Steel
"ys'know" I'd like some accountability from Pelosi and the 500 million jobs that will be lost if Obama doesn't get 'his' money....FOLKS how may people are employed in the USA???? AND since President Obama has made the statement "that I will not win the next election if I don't get this bill passed." WOW! Now we know all these stimulus bills are fraught with fraud by the gang that can't and will never shoot straight.

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!

31 posted on 02/05/2009 12:53:27 PM PST by yoe
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To: MrB

LOL ... You are probably right.


32 posted on 02/05/2009 12:53:51 PM PST by Tarpon (America's first principles, freedom, liberty, market economy and self-reliance will never fail.)
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To: Red Steel

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.

vaudine


33 posted on 02/05/2009 12:54:31 PM PST by vaudine
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To: Red Steel

I heard that on Sean’s show....but I thought I was listening to an idot caller on the phone with an idiot host


34 posted on 02/05/2009 12:55:33 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Obama says we should listen to our enemies, but not to Rush)
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To: MrB

http://hotair.com/archives/2009/02/05/tough-love-us-soldier-chews-out-iraqi-police/

Here is what we need in Congress, “Lead from the Front”!


35 posted on 02/05/2009 12:57:16 PM PST by roses of sharon (Pray Hussein fails!)
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To: Red Steel

Debbie Stupidcow!


36 posted on 02/05/2009 12:58:27 PM PST by timydnuc (I'll die on my feet before I'll live on my knees.)
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To: JoanneSD

Girlfriend? Heck it was a paid prostitute!


37 posted on 02/05/2009 1:04:00 PM PST by OldBlondBabe
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To: Red Steel

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.


38 posted on 02/05/2009 1:05:16 PM PST by utahson
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To: MrB

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.


39 posted on 02/05/2009 1:06:42 PM PST by gimme1ibertee ("No pale pastels,but bold colors".....Ronnie,we sure do miss you,sir!)
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To: utahson
ABC, CBC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, et al NEED TO BE GELD

I couldn't agree more! Geld them all!
40 posted on 02/05/2009 1:08:18 PM PST by gimme1ibertee ("No pale pastels,but bold colors".....Ronnie,we sure do miss you,sir!)
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To: gimme1ibertee

And that should be “held” not “geld”. Sorry.


41 posted on 02/05/2009 1:09:13 PM PST by utahson
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To: utahson

It’s ok...just teasing....I never could resist a freudian typo! ;)


42 posted on 02/05/2009 1:11:03 PM PST by gimme1ibertee ("No pale pastels,but bold colors".....Ronnie,we sure do miss you,sir!)
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To: gimme1ibertee

The biggest stress involved with arguing with a lib is keeping their mind focused on the logical progression that ends up refuting their position.


43 posted on 02/05/2009 1:12:14 PM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: Red Steel

She sure lit up Hannity!....Fire in the hole!


44 posted on 02/05/2009 1:13:02 PM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: arealconservativeforachange

Hey Debbie, fat, dumb and incompetent is a hell of a way to go through life.


45 posted on 02/05/2009 1:16:41 PM PST by DarthVader (Liberal Democrats are the party of EVIL whose time of judgment has come.)
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To: Red Steel

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!!


46 posted on 02/05/2009 1:24:33 PM PST by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: MrB

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!


47 posted on 02/05/2009 1:27:13 PM PST by gimme1ibertee ("No pale pastels,but bold colors".....Ronnie,we sure do miss you,sir!)
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To: OldBlondBabe

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.


48 posted on 02/05/2009 1:27:19 PM PST by cyclotic (Is Michelle Obama really Rita X?)
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To: Red Steel
Debbie Stabenow's shot across the bow of Free Speech is not surprising. The enormous success - and subsequent influence - of conservative 'talk radio' and the abject failure of liberal attempts to 'balance' that success with their own brand of political talk made this move completely predictable once the left gained power.

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.

49 posted on 02/05/2009 1:48:11 PM PST by Jim Scott (Do not go gentle into that good night)
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To: Red Steel
I faxed and e-mailed the following to the misguided Senator. Subject line: Constitutional Refresher

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

50 posted on 02/05/2009 1:49:44 PM PST by fullchroma
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