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
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
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