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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

FCC Going Through The Back Door On Fairness Doctrine

Here's a little taste of what the FCC under the Usurper In Chief has planned for our friends in Talk Radio. They couldn't get the Fairness Doctrine passed because the Supreme Court has already shot down the Constitutionality of the practice. So, they decided to go in through the back door as it were.

FCC attack on talkers beginning? -WND. I would post particular parts but this report needs to be read in it's entirety




In June of 2007, Podesta's Center for American Progress released a report titled "The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio," detailing the conservative viewpoint's dominance on the airwaves and proposing steps for leveling the playing field.

"Our conclusion is that the gap between conservative and progressive talk radio is the result of multiple structural problems in the U.S. regulatory system," the report reads, "particularly the complete breakdown of the public trustee concept of broadcast, the elimination of clear public interest requirements for broadcasting, and the relaxation of ownership rules including the requirement of local participation in management."

The report then demonstrates how radio stations owned locally, or operated by female and minority owners, are statistically more likely to carry liberal political talk shows.

Therefore, the report concludes, the answer to getting equal time for "progressives" lies in mandating "localism" and "diversity" without ever needing to mention the "Fairness Doctrine."

To accomplish the strategy, the report recommends legislating local and national caps on ownership of commercial radio stations and demanding radio stations regularly prove to the FCC that they are "operating on behalf of the public interest" to maintain their broadcasting license.

This was posted on WND by David Limbaugh, entitled Fearing Our Government. The germane part of the article states, "Michael J. Copps, acting FCC chairman, has denounced the lack of racial and gender diversity in the broadcast industry as 'a shameful state of affairs.' Unsurprisingly, his proposed corrective is to force the transfer of station ownership to greater numbers of minorities, who are statistically more likely to carry liberal talk shows."



In order for the government to do a transfer of ownership like this, it would need to use the power of imminent domain as well as refusal to renew existing licenses. The first would be used for immediate effect and the latter of course would be for extended use. The rationale for which is laid out in FCC ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON DIVERSITY FOR COMMUNICATIONS IN THE DIGITAL AGE -REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON ELIGIBLE ENTITIES

15 comments:

Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

OK you put up the pudding's proof. My GOD! I had heard about the fairness doctrine before but never looked into it. This saddens me.

These assholes care about equality of result; not equality of opportunity. I cannot stand people with that world view because inevitably they will FORCE their view on you and you will be powerless.

Now to be honest, I think Rush is a real jerk. However sometimes he says stuff that is on the mark. In this matter he is absolutely correct and I admit to that.

I just don't get it. Since when it is the federal governments job to take radio stations away from people. The failure of Air America should have shown all of us that perhaps there is not a market for that type of bull! ;)

Greywolfe said...

Disa, in this particular instance the message is only a screen. What I mean is, equality and fairness to minorities is being used to cover the real drive. Which is to control media with a specific message. Talk radio is too powerful. Let's put Rush aside for a minute, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, and so many others put the TRUTH out in a way that it is impossible to ignore. The liberals in power cannot stand for that to continue. It has undermined their efforts to radically shift this country to the left. (See also amnesty bill and Bush Supreme Court Nomininee)

As usual, the left is only using minorities as a prop. Just stage dressing without any real intention of helping them past the point of securing their votes and decreasing the Conservative voice.

Chuck said...

But I thought the libs believed in tolerance? I'm disillusioned. Next your going to try to tell me that the network news is biased too.

Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

GW: You are right in many ways. I do feel and have felt for years now, that the libs just use these pc terms like 'minorities' and so forth to conjure up an image of a poor downtrodden person that needs rescuing. Really their agenda is pernicious and their methods are foul. But bear in mind, I feel this way about many and most politicians.

Sometimes the victim rhetoric makes me so upset. I had this internship about three years ago. I was lucky enough to go to the university of illinois at urbana champagne and work in their supercomputing center with scientists. I am just a baby scientist but I was learning from the big dogs and it was humbling and overwhelmingly wonderful. Needless to say there was a gal in my programme who always wanted to talk about racism. She was Filipino and had lived a sheltered life. She looked at me as a victim and that colored how we interacted.

She made many assumptions about me and my background and family etc that were unnerving. I know she was not a bad person, but she got on my flippin nerves with that talk.

While everyone else in the programme went to Chicago to see the city and go to the Egyptian exhibit at the museum, I opted NOT to go. Why the hell would I want to go to Chicago when the whole of Illinois is a beautiful place?

Hell, I'm a country gal from Modesto California where they grown almonds, corn and whatever else the world needs...in any event, I rented a car and bought a fishing rod and some chum to go to Lake Shelbyville.

Upon my return and their return later, she kept asking me if I was scared to be out there by myself and wasn't I afraid of the racists etc. After a while, it was apparent that SHE was scared and had issues with being afraid of white people for fear of racism.

Since my family is multiracial and I've grown up around many types of people, I don't have that fear. If someone comes at me with racist bull I get violently pissed and may hurt them, if you take my meaning. All of this ranting to say that we have to take control of our destinies and stop this madness! Whoa you got me going!


Hell Chuck, you know that the MSM is biased and FOX news is reversed biased. When I watch the news at my parents house on a visit sometimes (I damn sure don't watch it at my house!) I get disgusted with the lack of analysis and facts. Simply mushiness and propaganda. But I suppose the news has always been that way, they just were more sophisticated about it in the past ;)

Ducky's here said...

Point of order. SCOTUS has NEVER ruled that the fairness doctrine is unconstitutional. They have ruled that it can be enforced or revised by the FCC.

That said, the general knowledge of just what the fairness doctrine entails is not understood by the general population.

The government has ALWAYS had the power to grant licenses to the public airways so I don't know why you consider that any particular legislation is forthcoming.

Bottom line: Talk radio listenership is down and they need to get a little more shrill to lock in the listening base. Tempest in a teapot here.

Greywolfe said...

Ok, ducky. My statement on the supreme court rulings were... condensed.

In point of fact, what they did say was that if the "Fairness Doctrine" was shown to suppress speech then they would rule it as unconstitutional. That was just prior to the voluntary removal of the Fairness Doctrine.

In the current state of affairs with talk radio formats, to say that the fairness doctrine would not supress speech is stretching it a bit. I don't believe that I EVER stated taht further legislation was forthcoming. What Podesta and his crew have SAID they were going to do was transfer radio station ownership to Minorities and thereby change them over to more liberal stations. Read the post and supporting links Ducky, it keeps you from screwing up.

As for talk radio listenership being down, you better check the ratings again. Since Barry's coronation, talk radio listener numbers have gone through the roof. Some of this is due to the mainstream media's war with Limbaugh, not to mention Englands private war with Michael Savage. Glenn Beck's move to Foxnews has also gained him a huge following.

In short, you get a B-. Good points for keeping me honest. Bad marks for dropping the Ball on your own facts.

Greywolfe said...

Ok, ducky. My statement on the supreme court rulings were... condensed.

In point of fact, what they did say was that if the "Fairness Doctrine" was shown to suppress speech then they would rule it as unconstitutional. That was just prior to the voluntary removal of the Fairness Doctrine.

In the current state of affairs with talk radio formats, to say that the fairness doctrine would not supress speech is stretching it a bit. I don't believe that I EVER stated taht further legislation was forthcoming. What Podesta and his crew have SAID they were going to do was transfer radio station ownership to Minorities and thereby change them over to more liberal stations. Read the post and supporting links Ducky, it keeps you from screwing up.

As for talk radio listenership being down, you better check the ratings again. Since Barry's coronation, talk radio listener numbers have gone through the roof. Some of this is due to the mainstream media's war with Limbaugh, not to mention Englands private war with Michael Savage. Glenn Beck's move to Foxnews has also gained him a huge following.

In short, you get a B-. Good points for keeping me honest. Bad marks for dropping the Ball on your own facts.

WomanHonorThyself said...

welcome to censorship my friend..its a matter of time!..great post Greywolfe!

Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

Ducky's paradigm and yours are quite different GW. I guess Ducky believes in the strong hand of government, I am more cautious of heavy handed government but to each his own:)

RaDena said...

I read that article on WND by David Limbaugh and found nothing to disagree with. I also signed the petition. I don't have a lot of faith in internet petitions but this is extremely important so I signed it anyway.

Greywolfe, it's no surprise that liberals are in denial about this. As long as their point of view gets out there that's all they care about.

Off topic (sorry) but I left a comment on the post I posted at "The Liberal's Lies" telling you that I will add you to my sidebar links and to blogs I follow. I may not have time for the "comments" option on blogger, but I do have time to visit occasionally. Thanks again!

Ducky's here said...

Well the thing with the Fairness Doctrine is that it doesn't apply to general programming. If you have a lineup of talk shows it wouldn't require that their content follow some ordained content.
I don't know how you could reasonably measure political content.

What it originally required was similar to the Equal Time rule (which I believe is current). In matters of public significance, if time is given to one side of an issue then time must be available for the other. I believe this has been applied to things like citizen ballot initiatives but it hasn't been a matter of program content.

Right now sponsorship for a bill is weak to non-existent. There may be a desire to couth up talk radio but there really aren't any viable solutions.

Nothing going to happen. I think conservatives envision something like me programming their local megaplex and showing "Last Year at Marienbad" and a Mizoguchi festival. Won't happen.

Joe said...

If they want to call it the "Fairness Doctrine," then what it should mean is: Put a really good liberal (oxymoron) up against Rush Limbaugh in his time-slot and blow him right out of the water.

They could do that without any Congressional action right now.

Since they are neither smart enough to think of that, nor articulate enough to pull it off, they'll just legislate.

It's the only way they know to "make it happen."

Greywolfe said...

Again Ducky, you are missing the point of the post. They KNOW they can't get the votes for the "Fairness Doctrine". That's why they are doing an end run around it by using the FCC instead of trying to get an actual bill passed.

By using the FCC's power to take radio stations away from corperations that are interested in revenue and giving them to minorities and women they hope that it will result in fewer markets that are reached by conservative talk radio.

You really should read the acting FCC Chairman's words.

RaDena, thanks for stopping in. I appreciate your stopping in and for the future reads. I don't require the obligatory comments, but I do appreciate the feedback when warranted.

Joe, they tried that, it was called Air America, and it has failed miserably in nearly every market. Since that didn't work, they are resorting to draconian tactics to try and beat back the truth.

Ducky's here said...

Joe, Randi Rhodes did that when she was broadcasting in Florida. Consistently beat him in the time slot.

Ducky's here said...

greywolfe, if there were real interest in doing this, then they would just pack the FCC and return the Fairness Doctrine.

But there isn't any strong interest. This is a tempest in a teapot.

The "liberal" presence is increasing. You have Ed Schultz (DINO), Rachel Maddow (Air America alum and very good) and others.

Some of the more obnoxious voices have been toned down. Locally our own Jay Severin, one of the foulest voices on the air, was given a time out when his sponsors started getting complaints. Now he tries to run a straight news show but without the insults he just isn't cutting it, 20th in his slot.

Talk radio listernership is really over raqted and frankly, if the right wants Rush as a spokesperson, they can have him. It's a strategy for defeat.

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