Hillary's Plan For Talk Radio?

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    Dear Don,

    In the lead up to the 2008 presidential and congressional elections, Democrats are seeking to silence two of the leading conservative voices on the radio today: Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.

    Conservative Free Speech is under attack. It's that simple.

    Why? Because Democrats like Al Franken have tried to compete with the liberal talk radio Air America; yet they failed miserably and the network collapsed into bankruptcy. And so now Democrats in Congress are eagerly lining up to silence the voices of their opposition.
    What's next? Conservative bloggers? Townhall.com? RedState? Captain's Quarters? Powerline? Let me be clear, there's no end in sight to their power grab and irresponsible, dangerous policies.

    Retreat from Iraq, curtailing free speech they don't agree with, massive tax increases, paybacks to labor and special interest allies, irresponsible and budget-busting talk of universal health care . . .

    If unchecked, the Democrat agenda will devastate our economy and endanger the United States and the brave men and women of our armed forces.

    Winning just two Senate seats back from Democrat control in 2008 takes back the Majority.

    The NRSC is the official Republican Party organization charged with defending Republican Senate candidates and holding the Democrat Senate Majority accountable.

    Realizing that their ideas couldn't compete in the Free Market, Democrats schemed for ways to crush conservative talk radio's success.

    Their answer? The so-called "Fairness Doctrine."

    Revival of the "Fairness Doctrine" would have the chilling effect of censoring conservative talk radio by requiring radio stations to air liberal content. Air liberal content or your station license will be revoked.

    It's unfortunate that Democrats are willing to trample on our First Amendment rights for political gain.

    Thank you,

    Senator John Ensign
    NRSC Chairman
     
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    Dems lost that fight

    It was voted down in the House

    Now libs will have to go back to their rants about unfairness on liberal networks like Air Amercia

    That is OK - nobody will hear them
     
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    FCC Chairman Opposes Reinstitution of Fairness Doctrine
    By Noel Sheppard | July 26, 2007 - 12:51 ET
    Americans interested in free speech got a boost Monday when the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Kevin J. Martin, came out strongly against any reimplementation of the Fairness Doctrine.

    As reported by the Associated Press Thursday (emphasis added):

    Martin, in a letter written this week to Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., and made public Thursday, said the agency found no compelling reason to revisit its 1987 decision that enforcing the federal rule was not in the public interest.

    This letter (PDF available here) quite supported the views concerning this issue being expressed by Congressional Republicans in the past few weeks since this matter took center stage (emphasis added):

    In my judgment, the events of the last two decades have confirmed the wisdom of the Commission's decision to abolish the Fairness Doctrine. Discussion of controversial issues over the airwaves has flourished absent regulatory constraints, and the public now enjoys access to an ever-expanding range of views and opinions. Indeed, with the continued proliferation of additional sources of information and programming, including satellite broadcasting and the Internet, the need for the Fairness Doctrine has lessened ever further since 1987. In short, I see no compelling reason to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine in today's broadcast environment, and believe that such a step would inhibit the robust discussion of issues of public concern over the nation's airwaves.

    Martin's correspondence was in response to a July 19, 2007 letter from Congressmen Joe Barton (R-Texas), Fred Upton (R-Michigan), Mike Pence (R-Indiana), and Greg Walden (R-Oregon), wherein his opinion was sought concerning "the appropriateness of the Fairness Doctrine in today's broadcast environment."

    After receiving the Chairman's letter, Congressmen Pence and Walden issued the following joint statement (emphasis added):

    "We commend the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission for his commitment to free and independent airwaves in America. Chairman Martin's comments should encourage millions who cherish the vigorous debate of American talk radio. Nevertheless it is imperative that Congress pass the Broadcaster Freedom Act to ensure that no future administration or FCC chairman have the power to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine without an act of Congress. Congress should heed the call of Chairman Martin and permanently reject the Fairness Doctrine by enacting the Broadcast Freedom Act into law."

    Hear, hear!

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-s...irman-opposes-reinstitution-fairness-doctrine
     

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