16 February 2009

Sen. Debbie Stabenow's Call For "The Fairness Doctrine"

Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow has been relatively quiet concerning her recent comments to revive the Orwellian "Fairness Doctrine" during an interview with Bill Press after the failure of yet another liberal radio station.

BILL PRESS: Yeah, I mean, look: They have a right to say that. They’ve got a right to express that. But, they should not be the only voices heard. So, is it time to bring back the Fairness Doctrine?
SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW (D-MI): I think it’s absolutely time to pass a standard. Now, whether it’s called the Fairness Standard, whether it’s called something else — I absolutely think it’s time to be bringing accountability to the airwaves. I mean, our new president has talked rightly about accountability and transparency. You know, that we all have to step up and be responsible. And, I think in this case, there needs to be some accountability and standards put in place.
BILL PRESS: Can we count on you to push for some hearings in the United States Senate this year, to bring these owners in and hold them accountable?
SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW (D-MI): I have already had some discussions with colleagues and, you know, I feel like that’s gonna happen. Yep.

That's right, it's back -- the old "Fairness Doctrine" that is aimed at forcing radio stations with conservative talk shows to air an equal number of liberal talk shows whether they are profitable or not. Of course, the hope for Stabenow and her demagogue doppelgangers is that radio stations will simply cut conservative hosts to avoid taking a financial bath by airing airheads from the left. And, of course, it goes without saying that this "doctrine" calling for equal time would only apply to the media where conservatives reign supreme - radio. For the overwhelmingly left-leaning TV and newspaper industries it'll be business as usual, leaving them free to hire the likes of George Stephanopoulos , Chris Matthews and Mitch Albom under the pretense that they are not ideologues. And even if they are, so sorry but the rules don't apply where the voices have that insipid victimhood timbre that could only belong to a Democrat.

Celebrate diversity . . . as long as you agree with them.

Now, I wrote to Senator Stabenow asking her to explain in greater detail her support of the so-called "Fairness Doctrine," including whether or not she believes it should apply to other media beyond radio, such as television and newspaper? So far no response. Wait, here's an e-mail now . . . nope, just another note from Evey Candylegs who apparently really wants to meet me if I subscribe to her site. $20 a month. Maybe later.

I promise to keep you posted if the matronly senator writes me back. But if you feel you'll have better luck getting a reponse, by all means drop her a note from her site and let me know what she has to say.

Until then . . . they told us it couldn't happen in America.

UPDATE: The American Spectator says Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., is looking into ways legislation like "The Fairness Doctrine" can be used to exert more oversight on the Internet.

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