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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

the "Fairness Doctrine": even some Dems see the irony

Speaking of talk radio (which I listen to constantly), I remain incredulous that any Democrat who professes liberal values would give a moment's thought to supporting a return of the Fairness Doctrine to muzzle conservative shows. (My latest manifesto on this subject appeared in my last column.) The failure of liberals to master the vibrant medium of talk radio remains puzzling. To reach the radio audience (whether the topic is sports, politics or car repair), a host must have populist instincts and use the robust common voice. Too many Democrats have become arrogant elitists, speaking down in snide, condescending tones toward tradition-minded middle Americans whom they stereotype as rubes and buffoons. But the bottom line is that government surveillance of the ideological content of talk radio is a shocking first step toward totalitarianism.

One of the nuggets I've gleaned from several radio sources is that Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who has been in the aggressive forefront of the campaign to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine, is married to Tom Athans, who works extensively with left-wing radio organizations and was once the executive vice-president of Air America, the liberal radio syndicate that, despite massive publicity from major media, has failed miserably to win a national audience. Stabenow's outrageous conflict of interest has of course been largely ignored by the prestige press, which should have been demanding that she recuse herself from all political involvement with this issue.

who else but my favorite dem pundit/writer/journo Camille Paglia. as always, go read this weeks column. it'll do you good. see, i can and do read stuff from other than the "mindless mouth breathing far right" as one acquaintance told me during a political discussion.

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Blogger reddog said...

I think that anybody should be able to send pretty much anything they want over the airwaves. People are not, after all, obligated to listen.

As far as I know, the only ones that have been affected, since the Smothers Brothers, are shock jocks, like Howard Stern who occasionally got graphic about sex and public television, who used to air unedited European dramas that contained peoples naughty bits.

These persecutions were carried out by the fascist Trogs in the FCC under Reagan and Bush.

It is impossible to give equal airtime to people of all viewpoints. Besides, different media attract different populations. Radio tends to cater to immigrant ethnic populations, who listen for the music, culture and news of their homeland and old conservative people, who like Tommy Dorsey, space alien stories and Rush Limbaugh. I don't know why you listen to it. You're unusual.

There would be no market for liberal talk radio. No listeners, so no sponsors. Never happen. I think censorship of the airwaves is the last thing you need to worry about from the present regime.

I think the ones who need to worry most now are highly politicized, fundamentalist, religious organizations, no matter what persuasion.

2/11/09, 6:12 PM  

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