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Conservatives ask: Is Durbin going after Limbaugh?
The Hill ^

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 1stamendment; censorship; clearchannel; diversity; durbin; media; talkradio

1 posted on 02/26/2009 2:06:07 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


2 posted on 02/26/2009 2:07:52 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Sub-Driver

Well duh!


3 posted on 02/26/2009 2:09:09 PM PST by svcw
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To: Sub-Driver

Or will Rush take down Turbin the traitor.

Rush gets into a lot of home in Illinois. Turbin doesn’t.


4 posted on 02/26/2009 2:11:28 PM PST by chainsaw (The Democrat Party=The Party of Corruption,tax evasion & Racism.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Or will Rush take down Turbin the traitor.

Rush gets into a lot of homes in Illinois. Turbin doesn’t.


5 posted on 02/26/2009 2:12:22 PM PST by chainsaw (The Democrat Party=The Party of Corruption,tax evasion & Racism.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Durbin the turbin against Rush?

Give me a break.


6 posted on 02/26/2009 2:12:36 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Sub-Driver
- The amendment by Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) would achieve the same goals of the Fairness Doctrine through backdoor FCC regulations. His legislation forces the FCC to “take actions to encourage and promote diversity in communication media ownership,” an attempt to dismantle successful syndicated radio programs. The Durbin amendment would hurt small, local radio stations who depend on popular syndicated programming for listeners and revenue.Michelle Malkin

Amendment Number: S.Amdt. 591 to S. 160

(District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2009)

Statement of Purpose:

To encourage and promote diversity in communication media ownership, and to ensure that the public airwaves are used in the public interest. Grouped By Vote Position

YEAs ---57
Akaka (D-HI)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Begich (D-AK)
Bennet (D-CO)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Burris (D-IL)
Byrd (D-WV)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Conrad (D-ND)
Dodd (D-CT)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kaufman (D-DE)
Kerry (D-MA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Warner (D-VA)
Webb (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)
NAYs ---41
Alexander (R-TN)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bond (R-MO)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Lugar (R-IN)
Martinez (R-FL)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Snowe (R-ME)
Specter (R-PA)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Wicker (R-MS)
Not Voting - 1
Kennedy (D-MA)

Source: U.S. Senate Roll Call Vote
7 posted on 02/26/2009 2:13:40 PM PST by CrystalD (Information is the currency of democracy.~Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


8 posted on 02/26/2009 2:16:01 PM PST by little jeremiah (Leave illusion, come to the truth. Leave the darkness, come to the light.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Dirtbag has talent on loan from Satan


9 posted on 02/26/2009 2:18:27 PM PST by bigbob (-)
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To: little jeremiah

Since they’re closing Gitmo, perhaps those gulags will be in Alaska....


10 posted on 02/26/2009 2:19:46 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Sub-Driver

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!!!


11 posted on 02/26/2009 2:20:52 PM PST by BornToBeAmerican (Freedom is not freehe was when he done)
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To: little jeremiah

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!”


12 posted on 02/26/2009 2:22:57 PM PST by elcid1970 ("O Muslim! My cartridges are lubricated with pig grease!")
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To: little jeremiah
"it can’t get much worse without pretty soon seeing that people are being sent to the equivalent of gulags."

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.

13 posted on 02/26/2009 2:25:23 PM PST by ChicagahAl (Don't blame me. I voted for Sarah.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Democrats keep showing us that they are Stalinists. Why do we continue to be surprised?


14 posted on 02/26/2009 2:27:37 PM PST by Continental Soldier
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To: Sub-Driver
Somehow I must be missing something. Isn't NPR and PBS 99% represented by Democrats, minorities, and the left? The left would lose them if the Fairness Doctrine was implemented...I wouldn't mind seeing Rush or Beck on PBS or listening to them on NPR. (...some sarcasm here)
15 posted on 02/26/2009 2:34:23 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: ChicagahAl

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.


16 posted on 02/26/2009 2:36:43 PM PST by little jeremiah (Leave illusion, come to the truth. Leave the darkness, come to the light.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Some interesting questions are raised by the language of this amendment. First, it is the issue of whether the regulation as amended is unconstitutional because it is so vague. Can Congress vest a regulator with discretion whose limits are impossibly vague? The article gives is only a brief quotation of Durban's language:

“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.


17 posted on 02/26/2009 2:40:19 PM PST by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: Sub-Driver

...and the idiotic Dems drag this country one more step closer to revolution.


18 posted on 02/26/2009 2:40:29 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: Sub-Driver

it is long past time for Limbaugh to RUN FOR OFFICE!!!!!!!!


19 posted on 02/26/2009 2:40:43 PM PST by Mr. K (physically unable to proofreed (<---oops))
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To: Sub-Driver
What, if anything, is blocking women and minorities from owning radio stations now?
20 posted on 02/26/2009 2:44:46 PM PST by Tony O (hibobbi!)
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To: spectre; MeekOneGOP; Fred Nerks; TigersEye; floriduh voter; MHGinTN; snippy_about_it; ovrtaxt; ...

The Blitz continues. Now they seek to hobble free speech.


21 posted on 02/26/2009 2:44:54 PM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (Ayers unimportant? What about Robert KKK Byrd or FALN pardons? DNC -- the terrorism party.)
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To: Mr. K

He’s repeatedly said he wouldn’t do it-pay cut


22 posted on 02/26/2009 2:44:59 PM PST by pistolpetestoys (Sarah ROCKS!!!!!)
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To: Mr. K

I believe I’ve heard him say that he wouldn’t like the pay cut.

Sure would be nice if he did, though.


23 posted on 02/26/2009 2:47:25 PM PST by azishot (I just joined the NRA.)
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To: chainsaw

What laws can Rush pass? I think you are being casual about this power grab.


24 posted on 02/26/2009 2:50:08 PM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (Ayers unimportant? What about Robert KKK Byrd or FALN pardons? DNC -- the terrorism party.)
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To: Sub-Driver

He’s upset because Rush calls him “little Dick Turbin”.


25 posted on 02/26/2009 2:50:55 PM PST by Sig Sauer P220 (There ought to be one day -- just one -- when there is open season on Senators --- Will Rogers)
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To: Mr. K

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?


26 posted on 02/26/2009 2:51:14 PM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (Ayers unimportant? What about Robert KKK Byrd or FALN pardons? DNC -- the terrorism party.)
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To: nathanbedford
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.

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...

27 posted on 02/26/2009 2:52:42 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: BornToBeAmerican

Yes, but “Public Interest” is defined by ACORN, not by the listening public.


28 posted on 02/26/2009 2:56:01 PM PST by Little Ray (Do we have a Plan B?)
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To: pistolpetestoys
He’s repeatedly said he wouldn’t do it-pay cut

It's a pretty lucrative business for the one's currently in office. Of course Rush wouldn't be on the take.
29 posted on 02/26/2009 2:57:33 PM PST by Sig Sauer P220 (There ought to be one day -- just one -- when there is open season on Senators --- Will Rogers)
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To: vetvetdoug
Isn't NPR and PBS 99% represented by Democrats, minorities, and the left? The left would lose them if the Fairness Doctrine was implemented...I wouldn't mind seeing Rush or Beck on PBS or listening to them on NPR.

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.

30 posted on 02/26/2009 3:53:48 PM PST by ZOOKER ( Exploring the fine line between cynicism and outright depression)
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To: Sig Sauer P220

What if Rush called him BACKDOOR DICK?


31 posted on 02/26/2009 8:28:14 PM PST by widdle_wabbit
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March; Sub-Driver

Seems vague and lacking in teeth.

Interesting thought that not a single RINO voted for it, or rat against.


32 posted on 02/26/2009 9:14:54 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March

I caught a little of Rush talking about this on his
show today.

Little Dick Durbin ... G-R-R-R-R !!


33 posted on 02/26/2009 10:20:26 PM PST by MeekOneGOP (2008: The year the Media died. --Sean Hannity, regarding Barack HUSSEIN ObaMao's treatment ...)
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To: Sub-Driver

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?


34 posted on 02/27/2009 3:06:41 AM PST by whatshotandwhatsnot
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To: Impy

“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”.


35 posted on 02/27/2009 4:50:32 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (Ayers unimportant? What about Robert KKK Byrd or FALN pardons? DNC -- the terrorism party.)
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