It nearly makes me cry…

February 6th, 2009

…when I remember that liberals used to be the champions of free speech:

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) told nationally syndicated talk host Bill Press this morning that the recent flips of liberal Talk stations in several markets¬†were a “disservice to the public.”
Stabenow said that, cialis usa buy in the day of the Fairness Doctrine, healing “you had to have balance, troche ” and continued, “I think something that requires that in a market with owners that have multiple stations that they have got to have balance — there has to be some community interest — balance, you know, standard that says both sides have to be heard.”
Stabenow told Press that the airwaves are “dominated by one view” that “overwhelms people’s opinions — and, unfortunately, incorrectly,” and said that “right-wing conservative talk hosts” are “trying to make people angry and saying all kinds of things that aren’t true and so on.”
When Press asked if it is time to bring back the Fairness Doctrine, Stabenow responded, “I think it’s absolutely time to pass a standard.” To¬†Press’ inquiry as to whether she will push for hearings in the Seante “to bring these owners in and hold them accountable,” Stabenow replied, “I have already had some discussions with colleagues, and, you know, I feel like that’s going to happen. Yep.”

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Rustmeister  |  February 6th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Especially when it only applies to conservative talk radio, not MSNBC, Dan Rather, etc.

  • 2. Dan  |  February 6th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Considering that Stabenow’s husband is a big player with liberal talk raido, when he is not messing with prostitutes, this is not a big surprise.

  • 3. Billiam  |  February 6th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Only free speech they agree with. They always leave that off…

  • 4. John Foust  |  February 7th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    To look at it a different way, radio stations are given a license to use the public airwaves. It’s up to us and our government to determine the price and restrictions on how that method of speech is use. If you think the amount of free speech is the best way to price it, then I’d suppose the right to say whatever you wanted without any restriction would fetch the highest price, and if you agreed to not say the Seven Dirty Words it might cost a little less, and if you agreed to adhere to some sort of public-interest balancing act it might cost even less. Radio stations and over-the-air television stations already comply with all sorts of guidelines. It’s up to us and our elected officials to decide the best way to distribute the right to use particular frequency spaces.

  • 5. JJ  |  February 7th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    John – you lose the government owns the airways argument when the suppression of certain speech doesn’t apply to the analog (soon to be digital) 4 regular networks that can be found using the old rabbit ears.

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