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  • It’s back!plan to kill talk radio. Group advising White House wants to restore controversial policy

    02/02/2012 7:51:58 AM PST · by tutstar · 95 replies · 1+ views
    Klein Online ^ | 2 1 2012 | Aaron Klein
    Actual title is : It’s baaack! The plan to kill talk radio. Group advising White House wants to restore controversial policy An organization that helped to craft President Obama’s environmental policies has recommended the reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine, purportedly as a method of silencing critics of the theory of global warming. The Presidential Climate Action Project, or PCAP, last year released an extensive list of recommendations for the White House in a 75-page paper entitled, “Building the Obama Administration’s Climate Legacy.” Primary among the PCAP’s recommendations is that the Department of Energy should join the U.S. Department of Housing...
  • FCC officially kills Fairness Doctrine, wiping it from rules

    08/22/2011 2:27:32 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 35 replies
    FCC officially kills Fairness Doctrine, wiping it from rules By Gautham Nagesh - 08/22/11 03:21 PM ET Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the elimination of 83 outdated and obsolete agency rules on Monday, including the controversial Fairness Doctrine. “The elimination of the obsolete Fairness Doctrine regulations will remove an unnecessary distraction. As I have said, striking this from our books ensures there can be no mistake that what has long been a dead letter remains dead," Genachowski said in a statement. "The Fairness Doctrine holds the potential to chill free speech and the free flow of ideas and...
  • FCC Commissioner Warns of Back Door to Fairness Doctrine

    08/08/2011 1:58:35 PM PDT · by Doogle · 25 replies
    FOX ^ | 08/08/11 | FOXNEWS
    Though much of the discussion about a possible fairness doctrine for broadcasters went away when Republicans took over the House of Representatives in 2010, one Federal Communications Commissioner says there still could be an effort at finding a back door to the rules. Commissioner Robert McDowell told Chris Stirewalt on Monday's Power Play Live that localism, a proposal that gives the federal government the ability to make sure broadcasters serve their communities, could also be used to wedge in principles of the fairness doctrine.
  • Is FCC Commissioner Michael Copps Trying to Reinstate the Fairness Doctrine?

    12/23/2010 8:41:46 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | December 16th | Lachlan Markay
    According to Copps, who recently outlined his proposed "public value test" in a lecture at Columbia University, the test would require "quantifiable" increases in "the human and financial resources going into news." The test could mandate other, non-news types of programming, Copps added, such as children's programs and "civic affairs programming." The regulations would determine what news content is important, and mandate "quantifiable" increases in such coverage - Copps mentioned election coverage specifically. The "public value test" would also mandate "diversity" in broadcast newsroom staff. In other words, the FCC would require radio or television stations to employ more racial...
  • Next Takeover Target: The News Media (FTC paper)

    06/02/2010 2:57:06 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 15 replies · 892+ views
    FTC via moonbattery.com ^ | June 1st | Van Helsing
    The Marxist in the White House has already taken big steps toward nationalizing the banking, insurance, automobile, and healthcare industries. Federal foot-dragging over protecting the coast from the Gulf oil spill could be motivated by a desire to have as many oil-coated pelicans as possible on the evening news as a prelude to nationalization of the energy sector. What else would be at the top of a communist's list of takeovers if not the very media that installed him in power? Mark Tapscott reports on the Federal Trade Commission's working paper on "reinventing journalism," an initiative intended to transform the...
  • Kagan Argued for Government 'Redistribution of Speech'

    05/13/2010 7:58:18 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 16 replies · 514+ views
    CNS News ^ | May 12th | Matt Cover
    Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan said the high court should be focused on ferreting out improper governmental motives when deciding First Amendment cases, arguing that the government’s reasons for restricting free speech were what mattered most and not necessarily the effect of those restrictions on speech.
  • Kagan: Some speech can be 'disappeared'

    05/10/2010 6:20:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 143 replies · 4,331+ views
    wnd ^ | 5/10/10 | Aaron Klein
    NEW YORK – President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, Elena Kagan, argued certain forms of speech that promote "racial or gender inequality" could be "disappeared." In her few academic papers, Kagan evidences strong beliefs for court intervention in speech, going so far as to posit First Amendment speech should be weighed against "societal costs.”
  • 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.
  • Here Comes Censorship--The FCC is Investigating News Media as First Step Toward Localism

    02/15/2010 11:18:30 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 10 replies · 570+ views
    The Lid/Various ^ | 2/15/2010 | The Lid
    If you take a trip to the FCC's future of media website, one of the first thing you will read is: That’s why FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski decided to launch a major new agency-wide project to make sure that citizens and communities end up with vibrant, diverse sources of news and information – information that enables them to enrich their lives, their communities and their democracy. These have always been key goals for the FCC and America’s communications policy. But we must make sure those historic goals are met in this new, digital era. By the way, in a digital...
  • Who lost the NY 23 for the GOP?

    11/08/2009 4:06:12 AM PST · by Scanian · 48 replies · 1,590+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | November 08, 2009 | Rosslyn Smith
    Having been in the position of watching my favored candidate stumble badly in an endorsement session while a more liberal Republican alternative hit all the right notes, I reserved my opinion on the goings-on in the recent Congressional race in New York's 23 Congressional District. Now that it is over, I have concluded that while the local Republican Party leadership's endorsement of Dede Scozzafava may have been a what-in-the-world-were-they-thinking moment, I suspect that many would now be saying, "Can't they do any better than this?", had they had endorsed Doug Hoffman from the beginning. While Hoffman may have hit most...
  • 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...
  • Unintended consequences: Big government and the death of local news

    09/07/2009 5:37:42 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 16 replies · 467+ views
    I happened to be flipping through radio stations when the thought occurred to me: The lack of local news can in some ways be attributed directly to the growth of government. Prior to progressive governance, as is constitutionally prescribed, local governments had the power. Therefore, local focus from media on local government made sense and was the focus.(and the laments from the left make it clear they actually do seem to miss local focus on governance in the news) Now that everything is washington, everything in the news is washington too. If it matters, I was listening to something on...
  • 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...
  • Sen Grassley's Letter to FCC Chair-Questions Media Should Ask About FCC 'Chief Diversity Officer'

    08/17/2009 1:27:13 PM PDT · by UnalienablyRight · 72 replies · 4,138+ views
    NewsBusters.org ^ | 08/17/2009 | Seton Motley
    Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley has publicly released a letter he penned to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski regarding the July 29th announced appointment of new FCC Associate General Counsel and Chief Diversity Officer Mark Lloyd. In the press release accompanying the missive, the Senator said he was "concerned with the appointment due to Lloyd’s writings on political talk radio and the Fairness Doctrine."
  • 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 'Diversity Officer' Wants to Force Private Stations to Fund Public Stations Dollar for Dollar

    08/13/2009 2:32:41 PM PDT · by UnalienablyRight · 26 replies · 1,239+ views
    NewsBusters.org ^ | 08/13/2009 | Seton Motley
    Matt Cover at the Media Research Center's News Division, CNSNews.com, has a piece out today entitled "FCC’s Chief Diversity Officer Wants Private Broadcasters to Pay a Sum Equal to Their Total Operating Costs to Fund Public Broadcasting." This is insane. The "Chief Diversity Officer" in question, Mark Lloyd, is calling for the gross operating budget for every private radio station each year to be the fee (tax) they pay for their broadcast license for the year, with the monies going to the always liberal public stations. With whom they then must compete for listeners.
  • FCC’s Chief Diversity Officer Wants Private Broadcasters to Pay to Fund Public Broadcasting

    08/13/2009 8:10:23 AM PDT · by NMEwithin · 18 replies · 1,144+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | Thursday, 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...
  • 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.
  • 'Hush Rush' Fairness Doctrine Being Repackaged as 'Localism'

    05/31/2009 6:16:30 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 25 replies · 1,133+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | May 31, 2009 | P.J. Gladnick
    Despite recent assurances that the Fairness Doctrine is a dead issue to the point of White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs, along with reporters laughing off a question about its possible return, it will probably be coming back repackaged in a more odious form as localism according to a Broadcasting & Cable article by John Eggerton: Acting FCC Chairman Michael Copps may have wished to drive a stake deep into the Fairness Doctrine issue. However, his recent comments on the subject have only helped keep it alive and kicking.In a speech two weeks ago, Copps said the doctrine was long...
  • The Oprah Winfrey Solution

    05/17/2009 12:51:46 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 18 replies · 1,901+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 17 May 2009 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    I have enjoyed Oprah Winfrey’s work on television since she showed up as the second banana on People are Talking with Richard Scher on WJZ in Baltimore, four decades ago. Now, she is the leading talk show host in the known universe. Although her audience has decreased from nearly 9 million in 2005 to 7.3 million in 2008, she is still the top of her profession. Oprah’s success demonstrates that several efforts of the current Administration to restrict both freedom of the press, and freedom of speech are both wrong and unconstitutional. There is a proposed bill in Congress which...
  • FCC attack on talkers beginning? 'I hope you will not hesitate to propose aggressive solutions',

    05/09/2009 5:07:56 PM PDT · by Delacon · 19 replies · 1,386+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | May 09, 2009
    The acting chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has told members of a "diversity" committee who almost exclusively represent left-leaning organizations to tackle the status quo in America's broadcast industry and suggest "aggressive" solutions to what they see as problems. According to The O'Leary Report, published by author Brad O'Leary, author of "Shut Up, America!: The End of Free Speech," the FCC's "Diversity Committee," headed by "Fairness Doctrine," supporter Henry Rivera, has begun its work. The report said the committee made it clear at a meeting yesterday its members will force President Obama's supporters into positions of power within the...
  • IPTV needs to be the next step for conservative media

    05/08/2009 7:41:09 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 16 replies · 934+ views
    Let's face it folks, we have the liberal media on the ropes. Drive by newspapers are dying. liberal broadcasts are setting record lows. Liberal cable outlets are always claiming 2nd, 3rd, etc best to Fox. So what's the next step?
  • No Big Brother Act at the FCC

    05/08/2009 1:05:47 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 6 replies · 568+ views
    Taylor on radio-info.com ^ | 05/08/09 | Tom Taylor
    No Fairness Doctrine, says the FCC's Michael Copps. And if the interim Chairman of the FCC says that, and candidate Barack Obama said that - maybe some of talk radio's conservative voices will lower the Fear Factor volume. But "the return of the Fairness Doctrine" has been a great straw man - Copps' phrase - for conservatives. To be sure, there are Democrats on Congress who'd like to get even with the talk radio scene of the last 20 years and level the playing field (their term). But the Fairness Doctrine would surely be called unconstitutional today and politically, it's...
  • 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 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."...
  • Nation's talkers meet on 'imminent threat'

    04/27/2009 3:16:32 AM PDT · by Man50D · 4 replies · 935+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | April 26, 2009
    Putting aside their own competitive interests, representatives of more than two dozen of the nation's top talk shows held an unprecedented private meeting over the weekend to brainstorm strategies against what they agreed are government plans by to squelch critical political speech on radio. Organized by Brad O'Leary, author of the new book, "Shut Up, America! The End of Free Speech," and Joseph Farah, editor and chief executive officer of WND, the group chose one attendee to be spokesman and chairman of the coalition – syndicated host Roger Hedgecock of San Diego . A daylong discussion today focused on what...
  • 'Shut Up' author on Glenn Beck Monday (Obama's plot to silence talk radio)

    04/18/2009 7:07:45 AM PDT · by kellynla · 44 replies · 1,539+ views
    worldnetdaily.com ^ | April 15, 2009 | staff
    Brad O'Leary, the author of the latest WND Books release, "Shut Up, America! The End of Free Speech," will be a guest on Glenn Beck's Fox News TV show Monday at 5 p.m. to talk about the Barack Obama administration's plan to silence talk radio. The book explains how, as popular opposition to the reinstitution of the so-called "Fairness Doctrine" mounts, Obama and the Democrat-dominated Congress will end-run critics with legislation that will curb dissent on talk radio through the imposition of "localism" rules and community watchdog boards across America. In "Shut Up, America! The End of Free Speech," O'Leary...
  • UPDATE: FCC Acting Chairman To Act Boldly On Media Diversity

    04/11/2009 9:35:50 PM PDT · by Delacon · 70 replies · 3,032+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | APRIL 8, 2009 | Fawn Johnson
    WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--Federal Communications Commission Acting Chairman Michael Copps said Wednesday he intends to act boldly to help improve the diversity of broadcasters in the U.S. "Today we commit to getting independent and credible information to gird what I intend to be meaningful action to right the injustice" of the lack minority- and women-owned broadcasters in the U.S., Copps said at an FCC meeting. The FCC approved a proposal to improve data collection about broadcasting entities owned by women and minorities. The FCC voted to expand the number of broadcast entities that must file data to the commission about the...
  • FERRARA: Rush's fans have rights, too

    04/05/2009 5:56:38 AM PDT · by Scanian · 44 replies · 4,764+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 5, 2009 | Peter Ferrara
    While President Obama's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prepares to attack conservative talk radio with some version of the Fairness Doctrine, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in open court last week may have thrown a bombshell into those plans. During oral argument in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, Justice Scalia said, "Do you think that there's a possibility that the First Amendment interest is greater when what the government is trying to stifle is not just a speaker who wants to say something but also a hearer who wants to hear what the speaker has to say?"...
  • 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.
  • The Left's New Back-Door Strategy To Silence Talk Radio

    03/17/2009 7:43:44 PM PDT · by Man50D · 10 replies · 1,089+ views
    Email | David Martin
    The Left is launching a new and more deceptive strategy to implement the so-called “Fairness” Doctrine -- under different names and without a vote in Congress. But their goal remains the same – the silencing of conservative and Christian talk radio. This stealth tactic was exposed in the last few weeks as grassroots opposition from friends like you threw a wrench in their plans to openly impose the so-called “Fairness” Doctrine. Now, Obama’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is preparing to use regulatory terms like “diversity,” “localism” and serving the Left’s definition of the “public interest” as new, backdoor “Fairness” Doctrines...
  • New Group out to fight the "Fairness Doctrine" and "Localism"

    03/12/2009 8:28:01 AM PDT · by badgerfan1976 · 4 replies · 526+ views
    I came across this site as a radio junkie and had to post it. Roger Hedgecock really gets it and is right on the money.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • FCC Nominee Emulates Chavez

    03/04/2009 4:24:50 PM PST · by Delacon · 4 replies · 558+ views
    The Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | March 4, 2009 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: "Despite a sore throat, a medical advice to stay silent and his promise that his TV and radio program Aló, presidente! (Hello President) would be shorter than the previous ones, President Hugo Chávez spoke on Sunday for five hours, when restarting his weekly program that he had suspended on January 11th.  Venezuela's President ordered his governors and mayors to draw 'the map of the media war' to determine which media are 'owned by oligarchs.' After saying that 'there are not five million rich people in Venezuela,' with regard to the opposition vote in the referendum, Chávez...
  • Essay: The Durbin Amendment – The New ‘Fairness’ Doctrine with a Kicker

    Yesterday by a whopping 87-11 vote, the Senate added as a rider to the passed DC voting rights bill the Broadcaster Freedom Act (BFA). The BFA, if also passed by the House and signed by the President, would kill once and for all the Censorship Doctrine -- also mis-known as the "Fairness" Doctrine. Much Conservative celebration ensued. However, the revelry is misplaced and premature. It means only that the Left means to destroy Conservative and Christian talk radio by other means. Because another rider was added via a party-line 57-41 vote. Written by Illinois Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, S.160's Purpose...
  • 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 Votes to Kill Fairness Doctrine, But GOP Concerns Remain

    02/26/2009 5:28:36 PM PST · by Delacon · 7 replies · 889+ views
    The Wall Street Journal/ Washington Wire ^ | February 26, 2009 | Amy Schatz
    The enduring fight over the Fairness Doctrine came to the Senate floor Thursday afternoon, as senators proposed dueling amendments on the issue during a debate on legislation that would give Washington, D.C., residents voting rights.Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina proposed an amendment, the Broadcaster Freedom Act, which would prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from reinstating the Fairness Doctrine, a policy dumped in 1987 that required broadcasters to provide balanced coverage of controversial issues. Several Democratic lawmakers have said recently they’d favor bringing the Fairness Doctrine back, fueling an uproar in the conservative talk radio world. On Feb. 18,...
  • Next Bailout: Liberal Media?

    02/26/2009 11:53:55 AM PST · by Delacon · 12 replies · 795+ views
    Over the past few months,  we’ve seen a seemingly endless parade of bailouts from Washington — for banks, for automobiles, and just about everything else.    Today,  Congress may be voting on yet another bailout — this time for liberal media.   This afternoon, the Senate is expected to take up a proposal by Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois which would clear the way for restoration of  measures designed to chill speech considered too conservative.” The Durbin measure is being offered as a substitute to a contrary measure by Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina which would bar the FCC from re-imposing...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Dr. Obama's Sensational New Discovery: "ISM"

    02/22/2009 9:21:08 AM PST · by ElKafir · 5 replies · 1,147+ views
    Transsylvania Phoenix ^ | Transsylvania Phoenix
    1948 cartoon. Watching it feels like it was made yesterday.
  • Rush Reads His WSJ Op-Ed

    02/21/2009 6:22:13 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 11 replies · 1,175+ views
    rush ^ | February 20th | rush
    RUSH: Okay, I'm going to bow to pressure. I'm going to bow to popular demand and I'm going to share with you the op-ed today that I wrote in the Wall Street Journal, "Mr. President, Keep the Airwaves Free." It's an open letter to President Obama. (interruption) What are you mouthing at me? What are you...? (interruption) Well, it's tough to prove, Dawn, but it is strange. I submit -- by request, by the way. The Journal asked me for this, so I said, "Okay. I'll set something up and I'll get it to you on Wednesday night." Let's see....
  • 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...