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Kucinich's 'Fairness Doctrine' Threat To O'Reilly: Stop Celebrating Fox News Success
NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 01/23/2010 4:15:00 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest

During George W.'s administration, liberals loved to wail over the supposed--but never demonstrated--suppression of free speech.

But now we have the spectacle of a member of the Dem majority warning a leading representative of Fox News to stop celebrating his network's success--under threat of reinstitution of the so-called "Fairness Doctrine." On last evening's Factor, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, invoking the possibility of the Fairness Doctrine's return, warned O'Reilly to stop "crowing" about Fox's success.

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KEYWORDS: billoreilly; denniskucinich; fairnessdoctrine; foxnews; ratscrying
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1 posted on 01/23/2010 4:15:02 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; MEG33; PGalt; ...

Kucinich to O’Reilly: stop celebrating Fox News success or we’ll bring back Fairness Doctrine. Ping to Today show list.


2 posted on 01/23/2010 4:16:04 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Conservative criticism of the liberal media: www.finkelblog.com)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Liberals are the emeny of freedom.


3 posted on 01/23/2010 4:17:25 AM PST by bmwcyle (Free the Navy Seals)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
The Fairness Doctrine cannot survive a SCOTUS that rules as it just did in Citizens United v. FEC. Especially since the conditions of scarcity of the airwaves used to justify the Fairness Doctrine many decades ago are no longer present. Besides which, Fox is a cable channel, not a broadcast network.
4 posted on 01/23/2010 4:21:16 AM PST by sourcery (LepPrelosi: Vote for a cure...)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The garden gnome from Ohio speaks.


5 posted on 01/23/2010 4:22:43 AM PST by GnuHere
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I used to have a pet rock that was smarter than Kucinich.

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6 posted on 01/23/2010 4:23:10 AM PST by flatfish
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Isn’t it amazing coming from a US Congressman.... “Be careful Bill....”
The people are flocking away from the Main Stream Incompetent Media and the congressman starts talking about the “Fairness Doctrine.” He more or less is stating he is going to enact a law so Fox can be just as awful as the rest of the networks.


7 posted on 01/23/2010 4:26:25 AM PST by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

and speaking of threats against his lively hood? Just what right do politicians have to threaten the entire American public. Especially since if they were able to repass the bad law it would come back to bite them where it hurts, and they know it.


8 posted on 01/23/2010 4:28:22 AM PST by wita
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

>>>Kucinich to O’Reilly: stop celebrating Fox News success or we’ll bring back Fairness Doctrine. Ping to Today show list.

Kucinich is an idiot. The Fairness Doctrine NEVER applied to cable entities - only over the air broadcasters.


9 posted on 01/23/2010 4:28:44 AM PST by Keith in Iowa
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Broadcasters of all stripes, even those on non-political programs, have been tooting their own horns about how great and popular their shows are since the dawn of commercial radio.

Mr. Kucinich is beyond goofy if he’s offended by it, or thinks that the “Fairness” Doctrine would address the “problem”.


10 posted on 01/23/2010 4:29:18 AM PST by I_Like_Spam
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To: GnuHere

Garden gnome...lol


11 posted on 01/23/2010 4:29:42 AM PST by Rennes Templar ("Though the wrong be often strong, God still rules this earthly throng")
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

It surprises me that one so small (Not only in stature but in mind and political philosophy) can be elected to any position. What a dork.


12 posted on 01/23/2010 4:29:52 AM PST by Venturer
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To: bmwcyle

...”Liberals are the emeny of freedom”...

Yes..However, most of the current crop is beyond “liberal.” They are “progressives,” which is an ideology leading straight into Communism with a pitstop at Marxism. Glen Beck is doing our nation a tremendous service as he attempts to educate us about the truth of those forms of government and of how each and every one ends up. I hope everyone watched yesterday’s documentary at 5 pm. I did and I learned a lot. I will be watching next week, as well. There are just too many parallels between those cruel regimes from history and what is going on in our nation right now. How do we prevent holocausts in the future? Better think about it! This may seem a long way from the Fairness Doctrine which, of course, has nothing to do with fairness, but, instead is censorship of free speech and taking away free speech is key to the success of the “progressives.”


13 posted on 01/23/2010 4:31:58 AM PST by jazzlite (esat)
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To: jazzlite

Coercion - I believe, is illegal.


14 posted on 01/23/2010 4:39:26 AM PST by snap54
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To: Rennes Templar

Dennis The Menace. I live outside Cleveland. He’ll be in Congress forever. His trolls love him. Aren’t we supposed to have a picture of his wife on these threads about him?


15 posted on 01/23/2010 4:46:22 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

They do that and they will find that they have unleashed a movement that will tear them apart.


16 posted on 01/23/2010 4:48:30 AM PST by Outrance
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The garden gnome (just love that by the way) is pi$$ed off because air America folded. Little boys cry large tears.


17 posted on 01/23/2010 4:49:11 AM PST by Rannug ("When you make peaceful protest impossible, you make violent protest inevitable." JFK)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Typical lib, spouts freedom for everyone, but when he hears something he doesn’t like, he threatens Big Brother.


18 posted on 01/23/2010 5:00:34 AM PST by Darkwolf377 (Bostonian conservative, atheist prolifer)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"warned O'Reilly to stop "crowing" about Fox's success. "

This is the kind of hubris that just lost them three elections, and will lose them many more this fall.

I can't wait to see how BOR takes this "warning" from Kucinich the Menace...maybe he'll work him over like he did Bwarny Fwanks.
19 posted on 01/23/2010 5:04:59 AM PST by FrankR (There will be no jobs until it is profitable for employers to hire people....PERIOD.)
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To: Rennes Templar

I always thought Kucinich looked more like a jockey, a butler, or one of those driveway statutes you tie a horse to.


20 posted on 01/23/2010 5:11:55 AM PST by almost done by half
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To: FrankR

The demonrats are sputtering mad about their recent losses...they really thought that Americans wanted them to run every aspect of our lives. Lefties always double down...the only time they seem able to do anything is when they’re out of power. I look forward to them becoming more effective in early November. HA!


21 posted on 01/23/2010 5:15:32 AM PST by Pharmboy (The Stone Age did not end because they ran out of stones...)
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To: sourcery

Kookcinich’s whole point was absurd and illogical. He was threatening Fox News with the “fairness doctrine”, not because they were “unfair” about putting opposing viewpoints on-air, since he had just conceded that letting him on their programming demonstrated conclusively they give opposition views air-time. Rather, he threatened to use the “Fairness Doctrine” as a club because they were “crowing about their success.”

If the “Fairness Doctrine” is supposed to encourage diverse views on talk shows (radio and TV), why threaten to use it against a cable channel you have just agreed has been “fairer” than most?


22 posted on 01/23/2010 5:27:14 AM PST by JohnEBoy
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To: sourcery

The Fairness Doctrine seems to assume that there are only two sides to every issue. If this ever got instituted I think every time I had a different view than those presented I might be tempted to initiate a legal action.


23 posted on 01/23/2010 5:30:05 AM PST by The Duke
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To: Keith in Iowa

Ah, but in their selfish little mad-hatter minds these Liberaltoads see your rights as an inconvenient firewall against their quest to bring back slavery and serfdom.


24 posted on 01/23/2010 5:37:26 AM PST by Shady (The Fairness Doctrine is ANYTHING but fair!!!!)
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To: GnuHere
The “garden gnome”, perfect description, I usually just think of him as “worm”.
25 posted on 01/23/2010 5:38:13 AM PST by Ditter
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I wonder how these words from the Supreme Court ruling will affect any attempts at shutting down conservative talk radio.

"Because speech is an essential mechanism of democracy—it is the means to hold officials accountable to the people—political speech must prevail against laws that would suppress it by design or inadvertence."

26 posted on 01/23/2010 5:38:27 AM PST by george123
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

He should thank Fox, he could be making his voice heard on Air America.


27 posted on 01/23/2010 5:42:40 AM PST by depressed in 06 (Tea parties today, Lexington tomorrow.)
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To: flatfish
I used to have a pet rock that was smarter than Kucinich.

Yep, those pet rocks know how to keep their mouths shut, don't they.

28 posted on 01/23/2010 5:53:42 AM PST by bcsco (Hey, GOP: The American Indians found out what happens when you don't control immigration...)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest; All

Google owns the search market.....there should be a Fairness Doctrine for search engines.

Why don’t we hear this from libs?


29 posted on 01/23/2010 5:57:57 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

And O’Reilly’s brilliant response to Kucinich was...?


30 posted on 01/23/2010 6:00:48 AM PST by Clara Lou
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Tell Kookspinach to go pi$$ up a rope!


31 posted on 01/23/2010 6:03:21 AM PST by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: almost done by half
Dennis would make an excellent Munchkin in a remake of the Wizard of Oz. All he needs is a beanie hat, the knickers and the striped knee sox.

Leni

32 posted on 01/23/2010 6:17:01 AM PST by MinuteGal (Bill O'Reilly: 9/8/09: "Communism is not a threat to us anymore"-10/20/09: "Obama is not a Marxist")
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To: GnuHere
The most accurate description I have heard.
33 posted on 01/23/2010 6:19:32 AM PST by Rumplemeyer
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

TYhe left has lost their monopoly on information, or disinformation. I’ve never in my life, I’m 59, have seen so much lying from politicians. Include a willing news media to support the lies, and it’s just amazing how the truth of Fox and Limbaugh is so obvious.
It is also obvious the alternative news sources are foiling and ruining the progressives plans. The most obvious is if they can shut down the truth, their agenda will will be easier to attain. Fairness in broadcasting, demonizing Fox, and railing against the individual voices of truth, to get these inconviences out of the way is ther only way their agenda will succeed.


34 posted on 01/23/2010 6:28:36 AM PST by usual suspect
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

What does the Fairness Doctrine have to do with BOR? Kuch fears FNC’s successs.

Scratch a liberal, find a Stalinist rat.


35 posted on 01/23/2010 6:34:13 AM PST by y6162 (uish..)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Kucinich’s Brain doesn’t work ,I saw that show and I think he is in denial!!


36 posted on 01/23/2010 6:34:13 AM PST by chatham
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Chilling, even coming from that little pipsqueak. Glad you posted this, as I seldom watch O’R and didn’t see last night’s episode.

Tossing out a question: if the libs go after some version of the fairness doctrine, can the USSC slap it back down? It certainly seems every bit as anti-1st Amendment as the bill recently defanged.


37 posted on 01/23/2010 6:38:00 AM PST by MizSterious (Do you not think an angel rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm? John Page, 1744-1808)
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To: MinuteGal
Yeah he sure missed his calling. He could have been on Fantasy Island too. “Da plane, Da plane!” lol
38 posted on 01/23/2010 6:41:54 AM PST by almost done by half
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To: JohnEBoy
Kookcinich’s whole point was absurd and illogical. He was threatening Fox News with the “fairness doctrine”, not because they were “unfair” about putting opposing viewpoints on-air, since he had just conceded that letting him on their programming demonstrated conclusively they give opposition views air-time. Rather, he threatened to use the “Fairness Doctrine” as a club because they were “crowing about their success.”

You caught that too, I see. I found it immensely amusing to see a liberal's liberal on the one hand acknowledging that FNC was fair (because they had him on), but a few minutes later threatening them with reinstating the "Fairness Doctrine". I guess in that few minute period, he decided they weren't fair enough.

I am old enough to remember the Nixon presidency and how the press whined then about how Nixon and his gang were "going after" the media. But since then, the only administrations I have seen threatening members of the media have been 'Rat ones. We saw it with Clinton, and now Odumbutt. The press freely savaged Reagan, GHW Bush, and GW Bush, and they basically stood there and took their lashings like men (as much as I'd have liked them to dish it out in return). But now you've got some mild (comparatively speaking) pushback from the media against the 'Rats and they go bonkers.

39 posted on 01/23/2010 6:44:32 AM PST by chimera
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To: usual suspect

I’m much older than you, and was thinking the same thing until I remembered that back in “the old days” we never had a chance to find out if the media and politicians were lying or not. Now that there’s an internet and cable newsies like Fox, some of the truth escapes from the carefully crafted storylines full of lies and half-truths that the MSM likes to convey. So quite possibly, it’s been going on all along. It’s just that now, we’re finding out about it.


40 posted on 01/23/2010 6:46:40 AM PST by MizSterious (Do you not think an angel rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm? John Page, 1744-1808)
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To: MizSterious

Don’t usually watch O’Reilly, but did last night.

That was an out-and-out threat from the little gnome. O’R was twitting him about the failure of AirAmerica, and Dennis responded in threat mode.


41 posted on 01/23/2010 6:50:00 AM PST by Ole Okie
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To: Keith in Iowa

Nice catch!


42 posted on 01/23/2010 7:09:11 AM PST by neocon1984
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To: flatfish
I used to have a pet rock that was smarter than Kucinich.

No kidding. The guy is a jockey-sized middle-aged dweeb. One with a smoking hot, VERY young wife who has political/ideological leanings indicative of someone with, er, "freaky" tastes.

He's been in Congress long enough to have his pension and lifetime healthcare locked in. Why, exactly, is he still in Congress let alone going onto evening talking head shows when he can be at home. In bed. With his smoking hot wife ...?
43 posted on 01/23/2010 7:14:18 AM PST by tanknetter
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Kucinich, really attempted to deliver a threat last night.........several times.

I would love to see him, Kucinich, try and deliver on it, he carries as much weight as a middle school hall monitor, yet the warning is like a favor, so we will all be aware of what pelosi has in mind.

44 posted on 01/23/2010 7:16:58 AM PST by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing.....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: jazzlite
No, they Fascist and Communist. Why hold back?
45 posted on 01/23/2010 7:21:04 AM PST by bmwcyle (Free the Navy Seals)
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To: GnuHere
"The garden gnome from Ohio speaks."

Coincidence?

We report, you decide.

46 posted on 01/23/2010 8:15:09 AM PST by SnuffaBolshevik
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

So the little toad threated The Great Bloviator if he didn’t quit gloating. Kucinich: “I have the power to make you shut up!!! And not just because I’m a diminutive Chavez wannabe. Did I mention my extreme Napoleon complex?”


47 posted on 01/23/2010 8:27:58 AM PST by driftless2 (for long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
"his wife"

I was wondering the same thing. It ought to be a rule that any photo of the little troll must have a picture of his gorgeous wife. She almost makes up for all of Dennis's shortcomings. Sorry, couldn't resist that.

48 posted on 01/23/2010 8:30:12 AM PST by driftless2 (for long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion)
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To: driftless2

She gotz a tongue stud too!


49 posted on 01/23/2010 8:55:45 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Actually, Kucinich says, “Be careful, Bill... or people will start calling for the fairness doctrine to come back.” ...Which is merely a slimy way of saying the rats will bring it back at the drop of a hat if they think they can get away with it.

Air America gets the tombstone....


50 posted on 01/23/2010 9:21:59 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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