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  • FCC chairman agrees to strike Fairness Doctrine from rule books

    06/08/2011 9:50:49 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 45 replies
    FCC chairman agrees to strike Fairness Doctrine from rule books By Gautham Nagesh - 06/08/11 12:12 PM ET Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said his agency will remove the Fairness Doctrine from the rule books in response to a recent request from House Republicans. "I fully support deleting the Fairness Doctrine and related provisions from the Code of Federal Regulations, so that there can be no mistake that what has been a dead letter is truly dead," Genachowski wrote in a letter Monday to House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.). "I look forward to effectuating this change...
  • The President's Trick Or Tweet

    05/10/2010 5:45:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies · 782+ views
    Investors.com ^ | May 10, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Free Speech: President Obama, while addressing college graduates, condemns our access to new media as a subversion of democracy. Is the iPad a threat to democracy or exactly what Thomas Jefferson had in mind? At Hampton University in Virginia on Sunday, the president lamented that in an age of text messaging, the Internet and the iPad, information and its unfettered exchange had become a diversion that was putting a strain on democracy. We are not making this up. The "24/7 media environment," he told the students, "bombards us with all kinds of comments and exposes us to all kinds of...
  • The FCC's desire to reclaim spectrum criticized by Verizon

    04/13/2010 9:37:43 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 6 replies · 429+ views
    During the past several days, the Federal Communications Commission and Verizon Wireless' CEO Ivan Seidenberg have argued extensively over the agency's plan to reclaim spectrum from broadcasters. ... Seidenberg's views are not 100 percent clear to everybody, however, given the fact that the wireless carrier isn't involved in any way with any broadcaster. He also questioned why the FCC wanted to reclaim spectrum from broadcasters instead of cable companies.
  • How the FCC and Liberal Churches Are Scheming To Shut You Up!

    10/28/2009 8:20:36 AM PDT · by dvan · 23 replies · 1,618+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | October 28, 2009 | Michelle Malkin
    The war on conservative speech has moved from the White House to your neighborhood pews. Left-wing church leaders want the Federal Communications Commission to crack down on "hate speech" over cable TV and right-leaning talk-radio airwaves. President Obama's speech-stifling bureaucrats seem all too happy to oblige. Over the last week, an outfit called "So We Might See" has conducted a nationwide fast to protest "media violence" -- specifically, "anti-immigrant hate speech, which employs flawed arguments to appeal to fears rather than facts." Their ire is currently aimed at Fox News and conservative talk-show giants. But how long before they target...
  • A Power Grab Called 'Net Neutrality'

    10/21/2009 5:43:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies · 2,331+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 21, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    First Amendment: Diversity czar Mark Lloyd's FCC votes Thursday on the issue of net neutrality. Advertised as providing access to all, it will do to the information superhighway what Lloyd proposed for talk radio. Not much was said when $7.2 billion was included in the stimulus bill "to accelerate broadband deployment in unserved and underserved areas and to strategic institutions that are likely to create jobs or provide significant public benefits." The administration has big plans for the Internet — like controlling it. Susan Crawford, the so-called Internet czar, told the Wall Street Journal in April that the broadband billions...
  • Diversity Czar Threatens Free Speech

    08/31/2009 5:49:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 127 replies · 7,210+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 31, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    1st Amendment: Mark Lloyd, a disciple of Saul Alinsky and fan of Hugo Chavez, wants to destroy talk radio and says free speech is a distraction. The new FCC diversity "czar" says Venezuela is an example we should follow.When Mark Lloyd was appointed July 29 as the chief diversity officer at the Federal Communications Commission, a nation focused on ObamaCare and a deteriorating economy took little notice. But as angry constituents flood town hall meetings and call in to talk radio, a man dedicated to silencing them sits at the right hand of the president. They share a common hero...
  • Inspired by Saul Alinsky, FCC 'Diversity' Chief Calls for ‘Confrontational Movement’ to.......

    08/26/2009 7:57:48 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 51 replies · 2,297+ views
    Inspired by Saul Alinsky, FCC 'Diversity' Chief Calls for ‘Confrontational Movement’ to Give Public Broadcasting Dominant Role in Communications Wednesday, August 26, 2009 By Matt Cover (CNSNews.com) – Mark Lloyd, chief diversity officer of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), called for a “confrontational movement” to combat what he claimed was control of the media by international corporations and to re-establish the regulatory power of government through robust public broadcasting and a more powerful FCC. Lloyd expressed his regulatory call to arms in his 2006 book, “Prologue to a Farce: Communications and Democracy in America” (University of Illinois Press). In the...
  • If ObamaCare Goes Down in Flames, Will Calls for the Fairness Doctrine Return?

    08/20/2009 9:56:44 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 31 replies · 1,381+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Aug. 20, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    As each day passes and President Barack Obama's health care proposal faces more and more opposition, some of the talking heads that appear on the cable news networks are looking for a "boogeyman" to blame for allegedly ginning up backlash. And that "boogeyman" has been conservative talk radio. However, if recent history is any indication, there could be an effort to take silence conservative talk radio. Some of the circumstances surrounding the current debate on "reforming" health care are eerily familiar to the 2007 bipartisan effort to "reform" immigration. In fact, the last big policy issue that was defeated when...
  • Obama Launches Frontal Attack on Conservative Talk Radio

    08/15/2009 2:17:02 PM PDT · by Welshman007 · 70 replies · 2,917+ views
    Columbia Conservative Examiner ^ | August 15, 2009 | Anthony G. Martin
    We knew this was coming. We told you it would happen as far back as last year during the campaign. It is now official. Barack Obama has launched a full, frontal attack on conservative talk radio, and he is doing it without re-implementing 'the Fairness Doctrine.' But first, a bit of background.
  • FCC’s Chief Diversity Officer Targeting Private Broadcasters

    08/13/2009 3:43:19 AM PDT · by Man50D · 29 replies · 1,937+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | August 13, 2009 | Matt Cover
    Mark Lloyd, newly appointed Chief Diversity Officer of the Federal Communications Commission, has called for making private broadcasting companies pay licensing fees equal to their total operating costs to allow public broadcasting outlets to spend the same on their operations as the private companies do. Lloyd presented the idea in his 2006 book, Prologue to a Farce: Communications and Democracy in America, published by the University of Illinois Press. Lloyd’s hope is to dramatically upgrade and revamp the Corporation for Public Broadcasting through new funding drawn from private broadcasters. The CPB is a non-profit entity that was created by Congress...
  • The Fairness Doctrine is Dead, But Here Comes the Chief Diversity Officer

    08/12/2009 9:19:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies · 2,293+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | August 12, 2009 | Jillian Bandes
    Mark Lloyd has recently been appointed “Chief Diversity Officer” at the Federal Communications Commission. Conservative groups believe his installation is merely another way to impose the dangerous principles contained in the Fairness Doctrine. Lloyd is a longtime Democrat activist who has strategized about ways to censor conservative media under the guise of “local accountability.” In 2007, he co-wrote a report that called for, among other things, the restoration of local and national caps on the ownership of commercial radio stations and fines for commercial radio station owners if their stations didn’t air enough “progressive” content. Those fines would go directly...
  • Pence "Profoundly Disappointed" as Democrats Reject Vote Banning Fairness Doctrine

    07/15/2009 7:10:34 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 43 replies · 2,772+ views
    WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Congressman Mike Pence released the following statement in response to the news that the Democrat-majority Rules Committee had rejected the 'Broadcaster Freedom Amendment' which would have prevented the Federal Communications Commission from reinstating the so-called 'Fairness Doctrine' and enacting proposed broadcast localism regulations for the next fiscal year. All Democrats present voted against allowing the amendment to the Financial Services Appropriations Bill, which funds the FCC, on a final vote of 7-4.
  • Limbaugh: Obama's Control of Banks a 'Stealth Way' to Impose Fairness Doctrine

    06/05/2009 11:02:46 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 3 replies · 907+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | June 5, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    Some in the liberal media establishment have decried discussion of the Fairness Doctrine, claiming the Obama administration's publicly saying it wouldn't pursue it removed the threat. However, conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh theorized that President Obama may have another method to restrict content over the airwaves in mind. In an interview on Sean Hannity's June 4 Fox News Channel program, Limbaugh explained how Obama could do this - by exercising the influence the government has over the banking sector. "I want to say one other thing, even if I go over time here," Limbaugh said. "People ask me...
  • FCC Announces May 7 'Diversity Committee' Meeting - Behold a New 'Fairness' Doctrine

    05/01/2009 11:17:34 AM PDT · by UnalienablyRight · 103 replies · 6,300+ views
    NewsBusters.org ^ | 05/01/2009 | Seton Motley
    Behold one of the new "Fairness" Doctrines - "media diversity" - coming soon to a radio station near you. President Barack Obama's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released the names of the thirty-one members of their Advisory Committee On Diversity For Communications In The Digital Age. This May 7 gathering is made up of a laundry list of left-wing grievance groups, with a smattering of radio and television companies included to break up the monotony. Not a single conservative organization is taking part in this Commission - more than a dozen Leftist groups are. A little ironic for a "diversity"...
  • Clarence Thomas : Fairness Doctrine 'unconstitutional'

    04/29/2009 8:43:52 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 42 replies · 2,511+ views
    WND ^ | April 30, 2009 | Joe Kovacs
    For the first time, a U.S. Supreme Court justice is offering some legal insight about the so-called Fairness Doctrine, suggesting the off-the-books policy could be declared unconstitutional if it's revived and brought before the bench. In written discussion on yesterday's ruling cracking down on indecent language on television, Justice Clarence Thomas called the policy "problematic" and a "deep intrusion into the First Amendment rights of broadcasters." The doctrine requiring broadcasters to air opposing viewpoints on controversial issues was brought to an end in the 1980s under the direction of President Ronald Reagan's Federal Communications Commission.
  • The Fight for the Survival of Free Speech

    04/29/2009 8:39:13 AM PDT · by Delacon · 30 replies · 1,116+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 4.29.09 | Peter Ferrara
    Most Americans are sleepwalking right now through the early reign of Obama the Magnificant. He tells them he is cutting spending, cutting taxes, and cutting the deficit, and they believe him. When they find in 2010 and 2011 that he deliberately misled them and has been doing just the opposite, and they are deep in the soup as a result, public opinion will turn decisively against him. Meanwhile, our "mainstream media," which should be called the Party Controlled Press, are quite successfully maintaining the smokescreen in promoting the Obama propaganda line, acting as slavishly as Pravda and Izvestia did towards...
  • U.S. Regulatory Czar Nominee Wanted Net 'Fairness Doctrine'

    04/28/2009 1:49:34 PM PDT · by UnalienablyRight · 5 replies · 864+ views
    NewsBusters.org ^ | 04/28/2009 | Seton Motley
    There are those who hang their First Amendment hats on President Barack Obama's statement that he isn't for reinstating the Censorship Doctrine, also mis-known as the "Fairness" Doctrine. These people are ignoring ever mounting examples of the censorious intent of this Administration on all things information. They are playing the Ostrich Defense despite the fact that nearly every Obama appointee to anything that has anything to do with regulating anything is a strident Leftist whose first impulse is to loathe the American people exercising the freedoms the Constitution affords them. Just three days after his November victory, President Obama floated...
  • U.S. regulatory czar nominee wants Net 'Fairness Doctrine' [censoring the Internet]

    04/27/2009 6:34:44 PM PDT · by luv2ndamend · 141 replies · 7,214+ views
    http://www.worldnetdaily.com ^ | April 27, 2009 | © 2009 WorldNetDaily
    Cass Sunstein sees Web as anti-democratic, proposed 24-hour delay on sending e-mail WASHINGTON – Barack Obama's nominee for "regulatory czar" has advocated a "Fairness Doctrine" for the Internet that would require opposing opinions be linked and also has suggested angry e-mails should be prevented from being sent by technology that would require a 24-hour cooling off period. The revelations about Cass Sunstein, Obama's friend from the University of Chicago Law School and nominee to head the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, come in a new book by Brad O'Leary, "Shut Up, America! The End of Free Speech."...
  • The Fairness Doctrine and Civil Rights

    04/20/2009 10:18:16 AM PDT · by Danae · 29 replies · 2,269+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | 4/20/2009 | Dianna Cotter
    Congress shall make no law establishing articles of faith, or a mode of worship, or prohibiting the free exercise of religion, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition to the government for the redress of grievances. ~ Proposed Bill of Rights, James Madison 14 Sep 1789 In the mid to late 20th century a great many technological advancements changed American society. None had greater impact than the advent of Radio and Television, and its widespread use. It created the opportunity for a far greater dissemination...
  • Democrats' Next Target: the Internet

    04/06/2009 8:20:48 AM PDT · by Scanian · 35 replies · 3,037+ views
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | April 06, 2009 | Larrey Anderson
    Democrat Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia has introduced two senate bills that may severely regulate traffic on the Internet. The Canadian Free Press explains it this way: The White House will have new powers to access private online data, regulate the cyber security industry and even shut down Internet traffic under the provisions of Senate bills No. 773 and 778, introduced by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.V. It’s called the Cybersecurity Act of 2009. You can see a draft of the legislation here. The Center for Democracy and Technology reviews some of the legislation’s possible effects: The Cybersecurity Act of...
  • Huffington Post Calls on Obama's FCC to Silence the Right

    03/19/2009 9:03:00 AM PDT · by redk · 24 replies · 1,585+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | 3/19/09 | Seton Motley
    In today's Huffington Post is Joseph A. Palermo's "Cheney, Rove, and Fleischer and the Importance of Net Neutrality." Net neutrality, you see, is yet another way the Left hopes to silence their opposition -- and Palermo calls on Obama's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to do exactly that. I guess he gets partial credit for honesty. And if this latest example of the Left's rush to suppression via Obama's FCC makes you think of the old Censorship Doctrine or any of the new ones -- "localism," "diversity in media ownership" and serving the "public interest" -- well, it should.
  • Democrats Say They've "Exhausted" Limbaugh Attack Strategy

    03/15/2009 6:32:29 PM PDT · by paltz · 50 replies · 2,241+ views
    radioequalizer ^ | 3/15/09 | Brian Maloney
    Was it the way he seemed to relish their attacks? Or, were Obama's rapidly-sinking approval numbers to blame? Whatever the reason, At least for now, Democrats say they're done utilizing an anti- Rush Limbaugh strategy in an attempt to neutralize their political opposition. Now, it's on to something else. For how long, however? From the Politico: Beginning Sunday, the White House will harness every part of the Democratic Party’s machinery to defend President Obama’s budget and portray Republicans as reflexively political, according to party strategists. A participant in the planning meetings described the push as a successor to Democrats’ message...
  • The New “Fairness” Doctrine: The Durbin Censorship Doctrine

    03/13/2009 4:42:32 AM PDT · by Man50D · 7 replies · 1,205+ views
    A growing fear that liberals in Washington were set to re-instate the “Fairness” Doctrine to silence talk radio -- the only media venue not under their complete control -- led grassroots citizens, key members of Congress and organizations like the Media Research Center to take strong and unrelenting action against such a move, forcing the Leftist Washington establishment to back away from it's reinstatement. However, undaunted in their zeal to silence conservative opposition, liberal leaders in Washington voted on and passed “The Durbin Amendment”, which actually poses a much greater danger to our free speech rights than the “Fairness Doctrine”...
  • Inhofe Warns ‘Durbin Doctrine’ is New ‘Fairness Doctrine’

    03/06/2009 10:40:43 AM PST · by Delacon · 10 replies · 1,263+ views
    Senate.gov ^ | March 4, 2009 | Senator James Inhofe
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday evening, U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) issued a warning on the Senate Floor about the dangers of Democrats’ latest attempt to stifle Free Speech through their efforts to promote diversity in communication media ownership and promote Broadcast Localism.  Though the Senate last week passed legislation (S.Amdt.573) that prohibits the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from reinstituting the fairness doctrine, it also approved an amendment by Senator Dick Durbin (R-Ill.), “encouraging and promoting diversity in communication media ownership,” which is really just a new means of censorship on the airways and will give the FCC unfettered authority to...
  • Which Senators voted in favor of censorship…uh…we mean the Fairness Doctrine?

    03/01/2009 9:03:06 PM PST · by slomark · 10 replies · 1,452+ views
    By now you’ve probably heard that the Senate approved an amendment a few days ago to outlaw the “Fairness Doctrine.” Republican Senator Jim DeMint’s amendment passed by a comfortable margin of 87-to-11. Although one would think it’s important to know which senators cast their votes in favor of censorship, we can’t find a single news report that calls out their names. So we’ll do it:
  • To 'Encourage and Promote Diversity' in Communications

    03/06/2009 7:24:19 AM PST · by Delacon · 15 replies · 1,231+ views
    GOPUSA/ The Loft ^ | March 6, 2009 | Bobby Eberle
    When the Senate voted last week to prohibit the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from reinstituting the so-called "fairness doctrine," many folks breathed a sigh of relief. There had been much talk about the Democrats and their effort to bring back the measure which would force radio stations and other media outlets to set aside equal time for programs offering opposing viewpoints. In other words, if a conservative talk show was popular on a particular radio station and a liberal talk show wasn't, the radio station would be FORCED to broadcast both.As it turns out, the celebration of the defeat...
  • Speaker Pelosi Backs Senate Amendment to Regulate Talk Radio

    03/06/2009 4:02:57 AM PST · by Man50D · 51 replies · 3,352+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | March 06, 2009 | Josiah Ryan
    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told CNSNews.com on Thursday that she supports an amendment to a Senate bill that would force the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to “take actions to encourage and promote diversity in communication media ownership and to ensure that broadcast station licenses are used in the public interest.” The amendment’s language is viewed by many media experts as a means to regulate conservative talk radio, particularly popular programs such as the Rush Limbaugh Show and the Mark Hannity Show, among many others. House Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.), a former radio broadcaster and one of...
  • The White House “Rush” to the Fairness Doctrine

    03/04/2009 11:10:47 AM PST · by Delacon · 12 replies · 1,324+ views
    The Heritage Foundation/ The Foundry ^ | March 4th, 2009 | Rory Cooper
    Over the past few weeks, America has seen President Obama, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel and former Campaign Manager David Plouffe channel much of their focus on what they see as a major problem facing America. You might think the object of this affection is the spiraling economy, which has led them to declare war on moderately successful investors and small business owners while they refuse to acknowledge a war on terror. That is certainly a focus. Secondarily, you might think it is the housing crisis, where they are attempting to cram down irresponsible mortgages so that responsible...
  • Senate Rejects Fairness Doctrine, But Dems ‘Open Back Door to Censorship’

    02/27/2009 6:29:19 AM PST · by MaestroLC · 13 replies · 1,909+ views
    CNSNews ^ | February 27, 2009 | By Susan Jones
    The Senate passed a Broadcaster Freedom Amendment to a D.C. voting rights bill on Thursday by a vote of 87-11. But Democrats countered with an amendment that seeks to promote “diversity” in media ownership.The Broadcaster Freedom Amendment prevents the Federal Communications Commission from reinstating the Fairness Doctrine, which would requires equal time for the expression of different political viewpoints on the public airwaves. Radio stations that run conservative talks shows, for example, would be required to allot equal time for liberal talk shows – or, more likely, stop airing the conservative shows altogether. Critics of the Fairness Doctrine call it...
  • Senate bars FCC from revisiting Fairness Doctrine

    02/26/2009 12:08:27 PM PST · by andrew roman · 18 replies · 1,342+ views
    Breitbart.com ^ | 26 February 2009 | Jim Abrams/AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has barred federal regulators from reviving a policy, abandoned two decades ago, that required balanced coverage of issues on public airwaves. The Senate vote on the so-called Fairness Doctrine was in part a response to conservative radio talk show hosts who feared that Democrats would try to revive the policy to ensure liberal opinions got equal time. The Federal Communications Commission implemented the doctrine in 1949, but stopped enforcing it in 1987 after deciding new sources of information and programming made it unnecessary. President Barack Obama says he has no intention of reimposing the doctrine,...
  • Fairness Doctrine: Senator DeMint tells Dems to put up or shut up

    02/24/2009 5:05:33 PM PST · by slomark · 9 replies · 542+ views
    The Obama administration may have said it wouldn’t attempt to revive the Fairness Doctrine, but that’s not enough for Republican Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina. He wants to force Senate Democrats to put up or shut up. In order to prevent the FCC from reinstating the Fairness Doctrine, DeMint will propose the Broadcaster Freedom Act as an amendment to the D.C. Voting Rights bill. “I’m glad President Obama finally confirmed his opposition to the Fairness Doctrine, which attacks the right of free speech on talk radio,” DeMint said, “but many Democrats in Congress are still pushing it…now is the...
  • RADIO COALITION

    02/24/2009 8:22:25 PM PST · by Delacon · 28 replies · 3,082+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | February 25, 2009 | Greg Pierce
    A group called the Free Radio Coalition has been formed to fight the possible reimposition of the so-called "Fairness Doctrine," Radio America President James Roberts said Tuesday. Chairing the coalition will be veteran broadcaster, Radio America talk-show host and former San Diego Mayor Roger Hedgecock. "The reinstatement of the misnamed Fairness Doctrine would constitute a massive assault on our cherished First Amendment rights and should be of concern to all Americans, regardless of their political or religious persuasion," Mr. Hedgecock said. The group hopes to hold a summit conference of radio talk-show hosts and religious broadcasters in Washington to plan...
  • BEWARE: Obama's Stealth CENSORSHIP Of Talk Radio

    02/24/2009 8:38:36 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 33 replies · 1,451+ views
    Red State/Yidwithlid ^ | 2/24/09 | Yidwithlid
    The Democrats Just love being in power, and way before election day they were working on their goal of STAYING in power. One of their tactics is cutting off all public debate about what the party is doing. The want to turn off the only medium that presents a dissenting opinion, talk radio. Last week the White House announced that they would not support reimplementation of the fairness doctrine, here's why: The President is doing an end-around to cut off dissent, its called "localism." By changing the interpretation of the phrase "Radio and television stations are required to serve the...
  • Ascertainment Requirements - The precursor of localism ? (history)

    In response, the FCC in 1971 promulgated a "Primer on Ascertainment of Community Problems," which, as amended through 1976, remained in effect until their deregulation of radio in 1981 and television in 1984. The Primer required that stations conduct interviews with community leaders, solicit and maintain public files of comments about programming, and make the public aware of the station's duty to address community issues. Stations were also required to file Problems/Programs Lists with the FCC, outlining community problems and listing specific programs broadcast to address them. The Lists, never popular with broadcasters (Hafer & Fletcher, 1983; Heller, 1981), tended...
  • The Fairness Doctrine Response

    02/22/2009 6:20:20 PM PST · by Delacon · 8 replies · 963+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Friday, February 20, 2009 | Bruce Walker
    Obama has officially denied it, but it still seems like much of the Left wants to bring back the Fairness Doctrine…for conservative talk radio.  How confident can we be that this will not happen?  About as confident as we could be that Obama, having promised to accept public funding of his presidential campaign, would actually do that during his run for office.  About as comfortable as we can that Democrats would never, ever, try to practice the tactics of Saul Alinsky and destroy their enemies.  So, perhaps, we should continue to explain why the Fairness Doctrine and its incarnations are...
  • Congress Reconsiders the Fairness Doctrine (And why they shouldn't reinsate it)

    02/22/2009 2:50:47 PM PST · by Syncro · 24 replies · 905+ views
    Associated Content ^ | Feb 22, 2009 | Pricilla King
    Congress Reconsiders the Fairness Doctrine February 22, 2009 by Priscilla King Should TV and Radio Be Free to Broadcast Political Content? In 1949, the FCC adopted a rule called the Fairness Doctrine, which required broadcasters to give "equal time" to all sides of a political dispute. Like many efforts to create fairness by imposing "equality," this policy never worked in the way that was intended. Even when the Communist Party,... didn't demand time to broadcast their views, in practice it turned out that the mainstream parties could not always present equally successful broadcasts. If a successful Democrat's show couldn't be...
  • A primer on efforts to kill free speech

    02/22/2009 1:16:20 PM PST · by Delacon · 12 replies · 811+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | February 21, 2009 | Joseph Farah
    There is much confusion among the public about efforts in Washington to muzzle talk radio. I get e-mails daily from people who ask me what the so-called "Fairness Doctrine" would actually do – how it would actually work. The answer to that question is simple: No one knows. Legislation targeting talk radio for extinction has not yet been introduced in Congress. In fact, it may never be introduced. And, if it is, it is unlikely to be called the "Fairness Doctrine" because the name has outlived its usefulness to those who seek to stifle free speech and freedom of the...
  • DeMint to Force Vote Next Week on Bill to Stop Fairness Doctrine

    02/22/2009 12:11:18 PM PST · by Delacon · 33 replies · 1,935+ views
    demint.senate.gov ^ | February 19, 2009 | Senator Jim DeMint
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina), chairman of the Senate Steering Committee, announced that he will offer the Broadcaster Freedom Act (S.34) as an amendment to the D.C. Voting Rights bill next week. The Broadcaster Freedom Act, introduced by U.S. Senators DeMint and John Thune (R-South Dakota), prevents the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from reinstating the Fairness Doctrine, which would suppress free speech by requiring the government to monitor political views and decide what constitutes fair political discourse. President Obama stated yesterday that he opposes the fairness doctrine, but Democrats in Congress have disagreed with the...
  • The Democrats' Foul 'Fairness Doctrine'

    02/22/2009 9:45:41 AM PST · by AJKauf · 12 replies · 950+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | February 22 | AWR Hawkins
    Remember the “Fairness Doctrine”? It was the FCC mandate that required equal representation of viewpoints on the airwaves in the 1970s and 80s. If a given radio channel aired three hours of conservative talk radio, it had to balance those out with three hours of liberal talk radio. President Ronald Reagan struck this down in 1987 and the popularity that conservative talk radio has garnered since has some members of the House and Senate calling for the doctrine’s reintroduction. I have only one question: “Would the legislators who are pushing for the reinstitution of the ‘Fairness Doctrine’ be willing to...
  • Dr. Obama's Sensational New Discovery: "ISM"

    02/22/2009 9:21:08 AM PST · by ElKafir · 5 replies · 1,147+ views
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    1948 cartoon. Watching it feels like it was made yesterday.
  • Mr. President, Keep The Airwaves Free: As A Former Law Professor, Surely You Understand...

    02/19/2009 9:16:06 PM PST · by Steelfish · 33 replies · 1,416+ views
    Wall St. Journal ^ | February 19, 2009
    OPINION FEBRUARY 20, 2009 Mr. President, Keep the Airwaves Free As a former law professor, surely you understand the Bill of Rights. By RUSH LIMBAUGH Dear President Obama: I have a straightforward question, which I hope you will answer in a straightforward way: Is it your intention to censor talk radio through a variety of contrivances, such as "local content," "diversity of ownership," and "public interest" rules -- all of which are designed to appeal to populist sentiments but, as you know, are the death knell of talk radio and the AM band? You have singled me out directly, admonishing...
  • Fairness Doctrine Confusion

    02/20/2009 5:23:05 AM PST · by Delacon · 14 replies · 1,052+ views
    The Heritage Foundation/ The Foundry ^ | February 19th, 2009 | Rory Cooper
    On Wednesday, White House spokesman Ben LaBolt told FoxNews.com: “As the president stated during the campaign, he does not believe the Fairness Doctrine should be reinstated.” However, only three days earlier, President Obama’s Senior Advisor David Axelrod told Fox News Sunday, “I’m going to leave that issue to Julius Genachowski, our new head of the FCC … and the president to discuss. So I don’t have an answer for you now.” Certainly there is some confusion in the current White House. Where else is there confusion? Are former Presidents confused?Former President Bill Clinton was on liberal radio host Mario Solis Marich’s program...
  • The Ministry of Truth: Almost There

    02/19/2009 4:08:22 PM PST · by Avoiding_Sulla · 8 replies · 675+ views
    PascalFervor ^ | February 19, 2009 | Pascal Fervor
    In the dystopic world of George Orwell's 1984, all news and historical records were governed by the Ministry of Truth. I have played with this cognomen over the years by identifying the mainstream media (MSM) with various appellations such as the Ministry of (mis)Information, and MinInfo whenever MSM's manner of coverage of a story revealed its bias favoring most any form of statism. Over the last two years, unlike any time in my long life, the MSM has warranted the name Ministry of MisInformation more than ever. It got to be an open joke among my acquaintences of how open...
  • Fairness Doctrine A Minor Issue - Obama Ready To Confiscate TV Stations' Licenses!

    02/19/2009 3:58:11 PM PST · by MindBender26 · 33 replies · 2,196+ views
    Friends and Fiends at my old Network | MB26 and James Beam
    All this talk about the "Fairness Doctrine" is obscuring the real danger to America's freedom of the press. The real issue is the Obama administration's desire to steal television broadcasting licenses from the current station owners and give them to his radical friends such as ACORN and the labor unions. This is not some "black helicopter" conspiracy. It's very real, and like Obama's other most-dangerous plans, can be implemented by the simple stroke of the pen. First, a little background on the real value of television stations. In the words of Fred Friendly, television stations really exist only for one...
  • DeMint to Force Vote on Bill Banning Fairness Doctrine

    02/19/2009 4:16:02 PM PST · by Rufus2007 · 26 replies · 1,845+ views
    businessandmedia.org ^ | February 19, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    Although a spokesman for President Barack Obama said the administration wouldn’t pursue the revival of the Fairness Doctrine, Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, S.C., wants Senate Democrats to go on the record one way or another on the issue. DeMint, chairman of the Senate Steering Committee, said on Feb. 19 he will offer the Broadcaster Freedom Act as an amendment to the D.C. Voting Rights bill next week. The Broadcaster Freedom Act was introduced by Republican lawmakers last month and prevents the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from reinstating the Fairness Doctrine. “I’m glad President Obama finally confirmed his opposition to the...
  • Obama: FCC Policies Must Encourage Media Ownership Diversity

    02/18/2009 2:34:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies · 1,634+ views
    obama.senate.gov ^ | Monday, October 22, 2007 | Obama
    Obama: FCC Policies Must Encourage Media Ownership Diversity Monday, October 22, 2007 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Amy Brundage, 202 228 5511 FCC Rule Changes Must First Assess and Address Minority Media Ownership WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) today sent the following letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Kevin J. Martin, calling on him to launch an independent review panel to develop proposals to further promote media ownership diversity. According to press accounts, following an insufficient 30-day review, the FCC intends to modify existing ownership rules by allowing greater media market consolidation. This would allow large media...
  • Congress Meeting on Fairness Doctrine: Worse Than Initially Though‏t (The Waxman Cometh!)

    02/20/2009 5:14:34 AM PST · by IbJensen · 37 replies · 1,530+ views
    email | 2/20/2009 | Christopher@grasstopsusa.org
    "One idea Waxman's committee staff is looking at is a congressionally mandated policy that would require all TV and radio stations to have in place 'advisory boards' that would act as watchdogs to ensure 'community needs and opinions' are given fair treatment. ... Waxman and the FCC staff are also said to be looking at ways to ease the 'consumer complaint' process, which could also be used along with the advisory boards." -The American Spectator Just in case you were thinking that attempts by Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi to institute the so-called Fairness Doctrine were simply about shutting-down Rush...
  • Did Obama Preempt Rush Op-Ed?

    02/18/2009 6:57:14 PM PST · by Delacon · 39 replies · 2,043+ views
    The Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: This is Trace Gallagher at the Fox News Channel just a moment ago. GALLAGHER:  We just heard from the White House spokesman saying that Barack Obama, the president, in fact does not support bringing back the Fairness Doctrine.  If you're not up on this, the Fairness Doctrine is basically where a lot of Democrats have said, "You know, if Rush Limbaugh gets three hours of radio every day then a Democrat should also get three hours of radio on that station to make it fair and balanced, to have both sides of the story."  The president...
  • Don’t Worry about the Fairness Doctrine. No, Wait, Strike That.

    02/18/2009 3:16:30 PM PST · by Delacon · 26 replies · 1,129+ views
    The Technology Liberation Front ^ | February 18, 2009 | Adam Thierer
    Matt Lasar of Ars tells us not to worry about the Fairness Doctrine being revived, only to go on and cite several lawmakers who have said they’d like to revive it. Meanwhile, over at the American Spectator, somebody called “The Prowler” seems to have all sorts of unnamed sources on the Hill telling him the Fairness Doctrine will be revived any day now.Who knows what to believe. But let’s keep our eye on the real issue here. The danger is not that the Fairness Doctrine gets back on the books in the same form; it’s that versions of it sneak...
  • Depends on What the Meaning of 'Fairness Doctine' Is

    02/18/2009 2:24:56 PM PST · by Delacon · 9 replies · 595+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | February 18, 2009 | chris field
    Reports are out that President Obama has said he opposes any attempt to bring up the Fairness Doctrine. This isn't the first time he has said this, and it certainly won't be the last. He can say it as often as he wants and he might oppose the specific language known as the "Fairness Doctrine," but that doesn't mean he opposes the principle of it. In fact, just the opposite can be seen from his record as senator. For example, as Terence Jeffrey noted in "Silencing the Opposition" in the February 2009 issue of Townhall magazine (subscribe), he can...