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Pence Amendment Passes the House
Posted by: Dale Franks on Thursday, June 28, 2007

Well, I must say this is unexpected. The house has voted to approve a measure that will hamper the ability of the FCC to re-impose the fairness doctrine.
The amendment to the Financial Services Appropriations bill prohibits funds from being used by the Federal Communications Commission to impose the Fairness Doctrine on broadcasters. The amendment passed 309-115.
Please, don't bore me with arguments that, under the Fairness Doctrine, broadcasters will give both sides a fair hearing in talk radio or whatnot. I worked in broadcasting, doing a daily radio show in the #2 media market in the country. I know how broadcasting works.

If the fairness doctrine is re-imposed, talk radio will go back to the boring crap it was before Reagan scuttled it: boring little talk shows about sports, celebrities, and authors. About the only popular talk radio show with any chance of continuing successfully will be the whackjobbery that Art Bell pulls off overnight.

Broadcasters are simply not going to operate in an environment where the FCC could come down on their neck because they shorted the local anti-zoning freaks 5 minutes of airtime. Nobody wants that kind of trouble. Instead, they'll just slap on some Deep Purple or Poco CDs and be done with it.
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Indeed, it seems to me it would be the end of AM radio. AM simply wasn’t profitable in most markets until the unfairness doctrine was dropped. Does anyone think the medium would survive a return to it?

Written By: Bithead
You know, this isn’t really an issue. The "fairness doctrine" won’t be re-imposed, even if the Democrats gain the Presidency. It’s being trumped up as fodder for the talk/entertainment radio crowd, they need something to keep their listeners’ juices flowing.
Written By: Scott Erb
So, we’re not to take the comments of Howard Dean seriously?

Written By: Bithead
Or Pelosi’s.

Being linked to by Drudge killed the site, but I expect it will be back up before never.

Yours, TDP, ml, msl, & pfpp
Written By: Tom Perkins
URL: http://
I had a whole load more of links, but the server here rejected at least one of them. The bottom line here, is this was another orchestrated effort on the part of the left to replace its stranglehold on freedom of expression.

One that failed. But, as Pence himself suggests, this isn’t the end of it. They are going to try again.
Written By: Bithead
Hey, don’t knock Art Bell. He’s worth some chuckles, and is good for what he is (which is a whackjob).

I, for one, enjoy learning about how the little green men from the Roswell crash are actually kept in lockers at Wright Patterson AFB. Who knew Dayton could be so interesting?
Written By: Sean
I demand Art Bell give me equal time for my space lizard viewpoint!
Written By: ChrisB
URL: http://
Poor George one even acknowledges its his show now, not Art Bell’s.

And I agree with Sean: Don’t knock it. Where else am I going to get my Wisconsin Bearwolf updates? :-)

Written By: Rich Horton
Art Bell still does the weekend shift.
Written By: Dale Franks

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