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More Fairness Doctrine Talk

The rent-seekers find another ally:

BILL PRESS: …And, thanks for your leadership, thanks for your good work, it’s great to have you there Senator. And, great to have you on the show. Appreciate it.

SENATOR TOM HARKIN (D-IA): Well, anytime – just let me know Bill. I love being with you, and thanks again for all you do to get the truth and the facts out there. By the way, I read your Op-Ed in the Washington Post the other day. I ripped it out, I took it into my office and said ‘there you go, we gotta get the Fairness Doctrine back in law again.’

BILL PRESS:  Alright, well good for you. You know, we gotta work on that, because they are just shutting down progressive talk from one city after another. All we want is, you know, some balance on the airwaves, that’s all. You know, we’re not going to take any of the conservative voices off the airwaves, but just make sure that there are a few progressives and liberals out there, right?

SENATOR TOM HARKIN (D-IA): Exactly, and that’s why we need the fair—that’s why we need the Fairness Doctrine back.

BILL PRESS: We’ll work on that together. Hey, thanks, Senator! Always good to talk to you.

SENATOR TOM HARKIN (D-IA): Thanks Bill, see you, bye.

BILL PRESS: There it is – you heard it here on the Bill Press Show. Senator Tom Harkin: bring back the Fairness Doctrine!

If you can’t make it on your own merit, get the government to step in and grant you what you haven’t earned.

Good work there, Billy.


25 Responses to More Fairness Doctrine Talk

  • You know, we gotta work on that, because they are just shutting down progressive talk from one city after another.

    Amazingly (or not, I suppose) they blame their own failure on the Right.

  • Ya know, they can technically pass the Fairness Doctrine without Congress.

    Right now, Democrats hold 2/5 seats in the FCC Board.  President Obama is going to be making an appointment in June for one of the Republicans stepping down (the Chair).

    That means, with a simple 3/5 vote, they can re-implement the Fairness Doctrine as it originally was done.

  • But didn’t everyone say last summer, ha ha, nothing to worry about, they’re not trying to bring the fairness doctrine back…

    • Yes, you are correct.  All those who said so were derided as kooks.

      • Well then you are kooks.  This is no fairness doctrine.  Despite the wishes of some, there will be no “fairness doctrine” bill passed.

        BTW, aren’t you late?  I’m sure there is a bunker stocked with arctic surplus canned Pecking Duck waiting for you, your guns, and your children somewhere in Northern Idaho.


        • This is no fairness doctrine.  Despite the wishes of some, there will be no “fairness doctrine” bill passed.

          For something they have no interest in, they certainly do talk an awful lot about it.  So, why don’t the Democrats sign onto and pass the bills in the house and senate that would explicitly prevent bringing back any sort of fairness doctrine.

          • Well, in all fairness, just having several prominent democrat (spit) legislators talking about how wonderful it would be to bring back the FD doesn’t mean it WILL happen.  I mean, seriously: think about how many things have been threatened in history that didn’t happen.  For example, Khrushchev said, “We will bury you.” People actually took him seriously!  Didn’t happen.  Hitler said he’d conquer the world.  Yeah, like THAT was a real threat!  Didn’t happen.  TAO said he’d never hire lobbyists in his administration.  Didn’t happen.  SanFran Nan said that she and the democrats (spit) would respect the views of the minority in Congress.  You’d have to be smoking some SERIOUS s*** if you believed her!  Didn’t happen.

            See what I mean?

            Take it from our friendly libs: just because they talk and plan and scheme to take away our First Amendment rights doesn’t mean that it’ll actually happen.  So don’t worry.  Be happy.  Kooky, crazy happy!

            / sarc

        • Well the a-hole is back.  I guess the shock has worn off.

        • Despite the wishes of some, there will be no “fairness doctrine” bill passed.

          As Joel C. pointed out, no bill needs to be passed.  The FCC can implement it without a bill.  Whether they’ll have the stones to do so is another issue.

      • Pogue your are becoming quite the Billy Beck, in your artful expositions and trenchant analysis.  Would you care to elaborate or is the simple assertion sufficient to convince the “kooks?”

        No, No Fairness Doctrine, here, true several Federal Legislators have mentioned how great it would be to have and the whole localism thing, not to worry, or minority/community representation councils, nothing of any kind to fear here.

        The fact you are an apologist for the Administration makes your gratuitous assertion a little less than believable.

        • Ring the bell.  I knew it would happen one day.  The time that I would be compared to Billy Beck….


          save it…

          there it is..

          Okay, I’m done now.
          The fact you are an apologist for the Administration
          Just how am I an “apologist for the Administration”???
          NO, tell me.  I’m dying to know.

          • Can’t think that the Poguester been too critical of Obama.  IIRC you’ve been a supporter of the man…so that makes you…wait for Apologist.

          • Really Joe?  That’s your definition of an “apologist”.  That you can’t remember when ” the Poguester been too critical of Obama”.

            Okay then.

          • Well, d’uh, yeah, Pogue.  You are sooo far up the big O’s butt you can give him dental advice.

            at least you were funny and clever before, now you just sound like mk

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      The sad part is, that you guys actually want this to happen. Don’t bullsh!t me. You guys wanna kick back and say ‘I told ya so.’.
      This is the early ‘90s all over again.
      I can’t help but remember all the “ditto heads” calling in saying that the election of Clinton was the end of the world and that the dems would take control of everything forcing them to retreat to the wilderness and become a “maestro of the axe”. LOL.

      Yes, Paul Bunyan, wield that heady axe. We’ll need you and your blue ox to save the human race from Armageddon.

      You guys do realize that there are more … realistic ways… of proving your manhood? Right?

  • Bill Press used to have a radio show in L.A., but it was cancelled due to lack of listeners.  He’s not exactly an unbiased testifier for the Fairness Doctrine.

  • It’s time to embrace the “horror”.

    Just think how we can morph NPR into a balanced radio network.  And the broadcast TV networks too.
    Move over Brian Williams, Katie Couric.  The likes John Stossel & Brit Hume will be in high demand.

    What Title 9 did for women’s sports, the “fairness doctrine” can do for conservatives. 
    It has something to do with the law of unintended consequences.

    Like I said .. Embrace the Horror

  • I urge them to implement it, either through an official piece of legislation, or through the back door (so technically Pogue can still claim to be right even though we know he’s merely spinning)

    I look forward to using it on MSNBC and various other targets when the GOP gets back in power.

    Do it Dems. Do it now.

    But there will be reprisals.

  • I would like to ask a question of anyone with legal knowledge.   What is the odds of a new fairness doctrine standing up in court?

    after all, one of the main reasonings of the old doctrine was that the public airwaves were limited. Now that makes no sense with the options that exist today.

    • What [are] the odds of a new fairness doctrine standing up in court?

      About the same as the Court upholding government limits on political speech.

  • What is the odds of a new fairness doctrine standing up in court?

    With the current court? I’d give it a 1 in 3 chance of passing SC review…

  • Senator Harkin, if you’re reading this, you’re an idiot.

  • Well, you know, we’re not going to enact a fairness doctrine, we’re just going to make rulings to bring back “diversity” to the public airways.

    “How do we ensure true localism in our broadcast environment, especially in light of the damage that has been inflicted upon that environment by two decades of excessive media consolidation and mindless deregulation of the public interest?” Copps asked in an address to the Future of Music Coalition, a Washington, D.C. gathering of music industry leaders.

    Copps said that the new political climate marked a new opportunity to remake the nation’s airwaves so that they can better reflect the country’s diversity.

    “I think we have a tremendous opportunity going forward to reinvigorate our media,” Copps effused, “to ensure that the public airwaves truly deliver the kind of news and information that we need to sustain our democratic dialogue and to reflect the great diversity of our country; its races and ethnic groups and culture and music and arts.

    “I for one, and I know you too, want to make sure that these goals that you and I have worked so hard for remain front and center in the national agenda.”

    Copps compared the effects of unregulated radio broadcasts to the economic damage caused by the nation’s mortgage crisis, saying everybody could see the harm markets could do.

  • I guess Pogue’s confidence that the State-shtuppers won’t try to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine is based on their well-known, Patrick Henry-like devotion to liberty.

    Gosh, that’s just so reassuring.