Friday, November 21, 2008

Fairness, But on Whose Part?

By Tony Mazur

On Tuesday December 2nd, the Democrats in Washington plan to take the Senate seat in Georgia, held by Republican Saxby Chambliss in a special run-off race. If the Democrats get the 60 votes they need in the Senate, it will allow the Obama Empire to force his radical agenda on the American people.

One of the targets the Democrat-controlled Congress wants to go after is (conservative) talk radio. The goal will be to revive the Fairness Doctrine, which was abolished back in 1987.

The Fairness Doctrine calls for equal time for both liberal and conservative points of view on the radio. It is not just an opinion, it's a fact. Conservative talk radio shows saved AM radio. With FM radio becoming the analog modulation of choice, AM was in the basement. Once talkers like Rush Limbaugh came out of the woodwork post 1987, AM radio saw a brilliant resurgence.

Liberals' worst enemy is talk radio. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has equated talk radio with "pornography". They see how powerful talk radio is to the common folk that they want to restrict it. A restriction calls for the end of Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Medved, Dennis Prager, etc., who have huge followings (me included), and to shove Air America talkers such as Rachel Maddow and Randi Rhodes down our throats. Without conservative talk radio, Obama and the Democratic Congress will be able to push their radical plans to increase taxes and government and to decrease the military without question.

If radio isn't already in the toilet, the Fairness Doctrine will be the handle to flush the industry into an oblivion.

The main issue about a possible revival of this unfair doctrine is that it ONLY affects radio. Not TV or print media, but just radio. That would mean garbage-spewing talking heads such as Keith Olbermann and Jon Stewart would be unaffected. Don't get me wrong. I do not want to ban liberal talk radio, either. Since I am a staunch advocate of free speech, I believe one can say whatever they please; I just won't listen to it. The reason liberal talkers do not mind the Fairness Doctrine for radio is that Air America is a complete abortion. They've failed to find an audience, and that's why so many radio stations had to flip formats to AM hip hop or Sporting News Radio.

The Fairness Doctrine is a complete infringement on free speech. It's just another example of liberals saying "I believe in free speech, but only if it benefits me." So what you're saying is, you believe the people can say anything they please, just as long as you agree with it. I see how it is.

No matter where you side on the political spectrum, you cannot support the Fairness Doctrine. Free speech on the radio was on the hot seat a year ago during the deconstruction of Don Imus, JV & Elvis, and Opie & Anthony. Say goodbye to free speech and capitalism, and say hello the socialism. Enjoy.

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