Skip to comments.Conservatives ask: Is Durbin going after Limbaugh?
Posted on 02/26/2009 2:06:07 PM PST by Sub-Driver
Conservatives ask: Is Durbin going after Limbaugh? By Alexander Bolton Posted: 02/26/09 04:58 PM [ET] Conservatives fear that Democrats are pursuing a back door approach to cracking down on Clear Channel Communications, the media conglomerate that airs "The Rush Limbaugh Show," a favorite among conservatives.
The Senate voted along party lines Thursday to adopt an amendment sponsored by Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.), the second-ranking Democrat in the chamber, that directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to promote diversity in communication media ownership and to ensure that broadcast station licenses are used in the public interest.
The measure passed 57-41 without a single Republican vote.
Durbin said his proposal would encourage more women and minorities to apply for radio and TV ownership.
But Sen. Jim DeMint (S.C.), chairman of the conservative Senate Republican Steering Committee, charged the proposal would lead to regulatory pressure on Clear Channel, which owns and operates more than 1,200 radio stations in the United States.
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I suspect that once it came down to the FCC actually taking broadcast licenses AWAY from Clear Channel and giving them to ACORN, the real legal fireworks would commence.
Or will Rush take down Turbin the traitor.
Rush gets into a lot of home in Illinois. Turbin doesn’t.
Or will Rush take down Turbin the traitor.
Rush gets into a lot of homes in Illinois. Turbin doesn’t.
Durbin the turbin against Rush?
Give me a break.
Amendment Number: S.Amdt. 591 to S. 160
(District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2009)
Statement of Purpose:
|Not Voting - 1|
Every day the news is so bad it seems it can’t get much worse without pretty soon seeing that people are being sent to the equivalent of gulags.
Dirtbag has talent on loan from Satan
Since they’re closing Gitmo, perhaps those gulags will be in Alaska....
And this is the problem!!!
“and to ensure that broadcast station licenses are used in the public interest.
The majority of the public LOVE Rush!!!
Anytime and I do mean ANYTIME an elected official attacks a private citizen by name, there’s fascism just waiting in the wings. Dick Turban might as well have said,
“Rush, baby, we’re coming to get you. And it won’t be a pretty sight when we do!”
In all seriousness; I fully expect that. I also fully expect that you will not read it nor see it. It will not be broadcast.
Democrats keep showing us that they are Stalinists. Why do we continue to be surprised?
That’s one of the reasons they want to control the airwaves. Internet must make them rabid. They are no doubt burning the midnight oil trying to figure out how to control that.
promote diversity in communication media ownership and to ensure that broadcast station licenses are used in the public interest.
I do not know what the existing law in the area is but certainly the regulators must be given more guidance than merely telling them to ensure the licenses are "used in the public interest." There is simply no guidance there whatsoever. I am aware that "public interest" has been a standard for some time so I guess it is necessary to understand the existing state of the law. However, merely reciting the phrase does not seem to clarify the problem beyond what this present state of understanding is.
The second interesting question is whether "diversity" is a legitimate goal? After all, it somehow suggests that the regulator must favor applicants for licenses based on their race which, on its face, seems to be repugnant to the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment. Again, can the regulator select which race or which gender should be favored? the whole thing smacks of an affirmative action policy in our universities which raises constitutional questions which have not yet been fully settled. Can regulators be empowered to count noses and check their color? How many radio stations do American Indians get and should they be divided among the various tribes according to their number? Once we go down that road the devilish details come without number.
These questions would be very much more interesting if we could have confidence that they would be reviewed by a court animated only by the Constitution.
...and the idiotic Dems drag this country one more step closer to revolution.
it is long past time for Limbaugh to RUN FOR OFFICE!!!!!!!!
The Blitz continues. Now they seek to hobble free speech.
He’s repeatedly said he wouldn’t do it-pay cut
I believe I’ve heard him say that he wouldn’t like the pay cut.
Sure would be nice if he did, though.
What laws can Rush pass? I think you are being casual about this power grab.
He’s upset because Rush calls him “little Dick Turbin”.
If Rush loses his radio program, he might try to run then. He’d get pretty bored. But how would he campaign? Interviews on PBS?
As it is, any constitutional question is basically going to be decided by Anthony Kennedy.
That state of affairs does not fill me with confidence...
Yes, but “Public Interest” is defined by ACORN, not by the listening public.
Don't think that's gonna happen.
Someone at FCC will have to judge and decide which show is "biased" and needs "balance", and the Dems will make sure he's one of their own. By their reckoning, PBS and NPR are bias-free and to allow a right-wing conservative to speak would only destroy their "balance".
Count on it.
What if Rush called him BACKDOOR DICK?
Seems vague and lacking in teeth.
Interesting thought that not a single RINO voted for it, or rat against.
I caught a little of Rush talking about this on his
Little Dick Durbin ... G-R-R-R-R !!
Rush has been on their radar for a long time.
The Left can’t tolerate his success and their own failure in the radio business. They’ve constantly moaned about it being unfair that Rush is broadcast on Armed Forces Radio with no representation from their ‘side’. They forget that Rush provides his program gratis to the military.
Now enter a socialist puppet of a president steeped in the rabid anger and sense of entitlement of ‘Progressive ideals’ who sees fit to call out a private citizen in public and essentially calls the dogs to hound this citizen.
It’s only free speech when it follows their agenda and it’s alarming how quickly this hunt has been called on a private US citizen. Who’ll be next?
“Interesting thought that not a single RINO voted for it, or rat against.”
That should tell you something. As I understand it, the GOP isn’t even allowed to read the bill yet. That’s why I say we’re being blitzed, “Lightning Warfare”.