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  1. #1 Schumer: Who are you to decide what qualifies as "fair and balanced" political news 
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    Who Defines 'Fair and Balanced,' Sen. Schumer?

    The most interesting question will be how liberal bloggers will react. If they truly believe in the First Amendment, they will put partisan considerations aside and join the fight to keep the Fairness Doctrine where it belongs, in the regulatory graveyard.

    Question for Chuck Schumer: Who appointed you - or anybody else in government for that matter to decide what qualifies as "fair and balanced" political news and commentary on radio and television?

    The question arose earlier this week when the Democratic senator from New York was asked during an interview on Fox News whether he supports restoration of the Federal Communications Commission's Fairness Doctrine: "I think we should all be fair and balanced, don't you?" That's an especially rich retort coming from one of the most zealously hyper-partisan members of the Democratic caucus in the U.S. Senate.
    The truth is that Democrats like Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, have been talking up bringing back the Fairness Doctrine because they hope to use it to stifle conservative dissent, particularly that which is heard daily from the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Examiner columnist Michael Reagan on Talk Radio. The Fairness Doctrine empowered the FCC the regulate political content on broadcast airwaves, including radio and television. Instead of protecting the public interest in hearing a diversity of political commentary and perspectives, however, the Fairness Doctrine was used by JFK and LBJ to shut religious and conservative commentators out of radio. The Nixon administration later tried to use the FCC to browbeat the television networks to be less critical of Viet Nam policy. Former CBS News president details these abuses in his landmark book, "The Good Guys, the Bad Guys and the First Amendment." President Reagan repealed the Fairness Doctrine in 1987.

    With Pelosi assured of continued dominance of the House of Representatives and Majority Leader Harry Reid an expanded Democratic majority in the Senate, one of the first orders of business will surely be to encourage the new administration to restore the Fairness Doctrine in some form or to somehow mandate it legislatively.

    Talk Radio and the Right side of the Blogosphere will protest long and loud, but don't expect CBS, NBC or ABC to come to their defense, as the giant broadcast networks are quite comfortable with the FCC so long as Democrats are in charge.

    The most interesting question will be how liberal bloggers will react.

    If they truly believe in the First Amendment, they will put partisan considerations aside and join the fight to keep the Fairness Doctrine where it belongs, in the regulatory graveyard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by megimoo View Post
    The most interesting question will be how liberal bloggers will react.
    The DUmp wants it. Can't see how the others won't either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JB View Post
    The DUmp wants it. Can't see how the others won't either.
    Once the Leftist Totalitarian DIMocRATS get this back on the books, will the ACLU take the likes of Err Amerika and DUmberground to court?
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  4. #4 TOTALLY Fair and Balanced! 
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    I think that, if the Fairness Doctrine becomes law, thanks to the complete control of Congress and the White House by Liberal Democrats, it should apply to Television News as well as talk radio.

    Imagine Rush Limbaugh sitting next to Katie Couric!

    Imagine Shepard Smith sitting next to Brian Williams!

    Julie Bandaris bitch-slapping Chris Mathews.

    Fair is fair. What's good for talk radio, is good for TV News!
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    This has nothing to do with fairness. It is a stab at slowly eroding away freedom of speech. The liberals don't want people out there actually speaking the truth about what they are doing.
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  6. #6 Yes... 
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    Well said, Conch, and of course, 100% accurate.
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    The Ministry of Information will decide these matters. Get back to work.

    Last edited by M21; 11-11-2008 at 12:15 AM.
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