Seton Motley, Media Research Center Director of Communications, appeared on yesterday’s (2008-11-07) “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on the Fox News Channel to discuss advances toward the upcoming so-called Fairness Doctrine (see the video below).
Henry Rivera (pictured right), a longtime radical leftist, is expected to be President-elect Barack Obama’s appointee to oversee the Administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) transition process. This decision will have severe implications for the future of free speech in America. He is destined to become the Executioner of Talk Radio.
Rivera, who resigned from the FCC nearly a quarter-century ago during the Reagan years, believes in a doctrine of “communications policy as a civil rights issue”. His exit during the Reagan Administration paved the way for the Fairness Doctrine’s repeal when the late president appointed Patricia Diaz Dennis in 1986 to complete the remainder of Rivera’s term. Had this not occurred, talk radio as we know it today would not exist.
Liberal talk radio typically draws about one-tenth the listening audience of conservative radio. Equal time to liberals with dramatically smaller audiences would lower advertising revenue and ultimately force such stations to change their broadcast format … probably to music … or to bland cooking and gardening shows (which draw larger audiences than liberal talk radio).
Many members of the Democratic Party, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have declared their determination to return to this so-called Fairness Doctrine, more rightly called the Censorship Doctrine because it would force conservative talk radio hosts off the air.
Moreover, no Congressional action is required to bring back the Fairness Doctrine. All the Obama Administration has to do is make one appointment to the FCC, turning a 3-2 Republican FCC majority into a 3-2 Democratic one, and it can again be reinstated.
Current Republican Robert McDowell’s term ends in June 2009. If the Democrats can strong-arm him or one of the three Republicans into leaving early, this political censorship scheme can be implemented even sooner.
While the Obama-worshiping MSM swoon ad nauseum over the heartfelt challenging decision the Obama’s are heavily confronted with, over choosing precisely the right little puppy for Malia and Sasha, Obama’s cold-blooded dictatorial onslaught is proceeding virtually unnoticed. It appears that while Obama weaves the coarse threads of his imperious tapestry, his obedient magicians in the mainstream media are distracting America’s focus.
Perhaps I protest too much. Why should Mr. Obama concentrate solely on our moribund economy when he can easily divert his strained energies to the delightful joys of choosing a puppy and obliterating conservative talk radio?
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