This would be hilarious if it weren’t such a serious issue related to our free speech rights. The Nutroots left is actually trying to persuade people that they are ‘not’ in favor of bringing back the Fairness Doctrine – even though the things their advocating reeks of exactly the type of rules and regs and restrictions the Fairness Doctrine put in place. Seriously. Read some of the arguments posted at that link.
This is so typical of the left. It’s kinda like when they talk about “bringing our troops home now” yet when you accuse them of wanting to cut and run, they shout, “bbbbut I never said we should cut and run!” as if they actually have to say the words for you to know what they’re talking about. Priceless.
Check out what Tim Karr at the HuffPo had to say:
The report has clearly touched a raw nerve among these folks. Perhaps their attack is prompted more out of fear than anger. Fear of a media system that better reflects the diversity of the Americans it’s supposed to serve — and one that is less of an echo chamber for those that now control what millions of people hear when they scan the dial.
“Our goal is not less speech, it’s more speech,” said Ben Scott, policy director for Free Press and co-author of the report. “We want more voices on the radio.”
Isn’t conservatism all about localism? What could be more local than radio programming that’s rooted in the community?
This sort of independence and diversity in the media should be a rallying cry for true conservatives and not cause for division and alarm.
These people are completely fanatical, frenzied, and fascistic in their demands for ‘equality in broadcasting’ courtesy of the state. Never, ever let the left get away with telling you they’re the true ‘protectors’ of free speech – I’ve always snickered when I’ve heard them make that claim in so many words before, but I’m not laughing now, because what they’re advocating goes against everything this country stands for.
Here’s all you need to know about MORA (Media Ownership Reform Act), in particular:
IV. Establishes a New Media Ownership Review Process
MORA creates a new review process, to be carried by the FCC every three years, on how the commission’s regulations on media ownership promote and protect localism, competition, diversity of voices, diversity of ownership, children’s programming, small and local broadcasters, and technological advancement. The bill requires the FCC to report to Congress on its findings.
V. Requires Reports for Public Interest
MORA requires broadcast licensees to publish a report every two years on how the station is serving the public interest. The legislation also requires licensees to hold at least two community public hearings per year to determine local needs and interests.
Surrrrrre it’s not the Fairness Doctrine reborn … !
Related: Bob Owens blogs about a conflict of interest related to one liberal’s attack on conservative talk radio.
More from Brian Maloney: “Talk Radio Report Downplayed Actual ‘Progressive’ Content.”
Prior this week: