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President Obama MIA In FCC Flap

What began years ago, but didn’t go into motion until late last year when the FCC was fully staffed with a Democrat majority, is another government regulatory agency putting its nose where it doesn’t belong.

What’s happening is a different angle to stifle free speech when it comes to political opposition. They tried it with the Fairness Doctrine, and failed. So now the commission has come up with the idea that the American people have “critical information needs.” And of course, they’ll tell us what those needs are, ostensibly to ensure that the collective press comply. How great is that if your intent is to control the media?

Here’s how the press is supposed to work. They report on what happened, or is happening. Of course, for the most part, it’s not like that any longer. The media watchdog died five years ago. Now, for the most part, it has become an extension of the administration’s propaganda wing.

Is is instructive that Mr. Constitutional Professor, our president, is mute on this whole episode. And, there’s no point in even asking him about it because he’ll say he didn’t know about it until he read it in the newspaper. How’s that for irony? There is nothing the government has to do or say about “the press,” how it gathers its information, or what it reports.

Here’s what the President should do. But won’t. He’s a big fan of using his pen nowadays to write executive orders. He should instruct all agencies of the government to allow news reporters, upon request, to monitor their goings on in committee rooms and meetings. Anywhere decisions are made. So the American people will be able to fulfill what they decide is their “critical information needs.” Lest we forget, it is “the press” that has that guaranteed right, not the government, president, or the FCC.

FCC Drops ‘Fairness Doctrine’

What represents a big win for everyone’s first amendment right, the FCC once and for all struck the Fairness Doctrine from law.

“The elimination of the obsolete Fairness Doctrine regulations will remove an unnecessary distraction. As I have said, striking this from our books ensures there can be no mistake that what has long been a dead letter remains dead,” Genachowski said in a statement on the FCC website.

But that’s not all. The move to cut it was part of President Obama’s efforts to lift the burden on businesses from useless and costly government regulations.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said that the decision to eliminate the Fairness Doctrine was part of a larger mandate proposed by the Obama administration to ease regulatory burdens by getting rid of duplicative or outdated measures.

What’s amazing here is that candidate Obama was all about the Fairness Doctrine, albeit under the disguise of another name. He calls it media-ownership caps and network neutrality. And the Soros think tanks came up with the back-door Fairness Doctrine. A plan ‘B’ if you will. I wouldn’t expect that this decision will stop their efforts to destroy conservative talk radio. They’re not going away.

So the legal aspects of the Fairness Doctrine are wiped from the books. Which puts the focus on the President to come up with a Fairness Doctrine by fiat (like he is trying to do with amnesty for illegal aliens). The Progressives are not going to like this decision. Especially since it is being called an ‘outdated’ measure.

Link: FCC Drops Fairness Doctrine

Administration Avoiding FOX?

That’s not news. That’s just the way it is. Only now there are emails that substantiate what everyone to the right or Arlen Specter always knew.

—”According to one October 22, 2009, email exchange between Dag Vega, Director of Broadcast Media on the White House staff, to Jenni LeCompte, then-Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs in the Treasury Department, Vega informs LeCompte that ‘…we’d prefer if you skip Fox please.'”

Of course you don’t want to explain yourself to the FOX viewers or get questions that you’d rather not have to answer. This administration is as transparent as they want to be. In a way, their political survival depends on the dumb masses.

Link: Washington Whispers: E-mails Show Obama Effort to Blackball Fox

Fairness Doctrine Is Out Of Wind

For those who believe that reinstating the Fairness Doctrine, or anything like it, will reduce violence, consider this.

The Fairness Doctrine was in place from 1949 to 1987. In the “era” of the Fairness Doctrine we saw the following:

  • 1950 – An assassination attempt on U.S. President Harry S. Truman occurred on November 1, 1950. It was perpetrated by two Puerto Rican pro-independence activists, Oscar Collazo and Griselio Torresola.
  • Nov. 22, 1963 – President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas by Lee Harvey Oswald, a communist.
  • February 21, 1965 – Malcolm X assassinated in Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom by three members of the Nation Of Islam. Radical Islamists.
  • April 4, 1968 – Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee by James Earl Ray.
  • June 4, 1968 – Robert F. Kennedy assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan, another Islamic extremist, in Los Angeles.
  • September 5, 1975 – An assassination attempt on President Gerald Ford by Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, a follower of Charles Manson, who pointed a Colt .45-caliber handgun at Ford. Larry Buendorf,[118] a Secret Service agent, grabbed the gun and managed to insert the webbing of his thumb under the hammer, preventing the gun from firing.
  • September 22, 1975 – An Assassination attempt on President Gerald Ford by Sara Jane Moore, while standing in a crowd of onlookers across the street, pointed her .38-caliber revolver at him.[120] Just before she fired, former Marine Oliver Sipple grabbed at the gun and deflected her shot.
  • December 8, 1980 – John Lennon was assassinated outside Lennon’s Dakota apartments by Mark David Chapman.
  • March 30, 1981 – Assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan by John Hinkley outside the Hilton Washington hotel.
  • Post Fairness Doctrine 1987 – 2011:
    January 8, 2011 – Assassination attempt on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords In Tuscon, Arizona by Jared Loughner. An insane anarchist.
Graphic graciously lifted from rushlimbaugh.com.

Not one of these murders or attempted murders were connected in any way to everything that the Left would like to attach to right-wing talk radio.

Where ‘hate talk’ is concerned, Air America Radio and its derivatives wrote the book on it. They believed that the more vulgar and hateful they would get, towards their political opponents, would build an audience. Spewing hate like they did merely drove them out of business.

Not that they have mellowed (Mike Malloy), but the popular tactic now on the Left is to just do whatever they can to discredit, call names, and make personal attacks to conservatives whose ideas they cannot deal with. Doing that spares them from debating in the arena of ideas, where they lose every time.

The fact that they just got a ‘shellacking’ in the mid-term elections just infuriates them, causing them to go all out to attack those whom they fear most. It also distracts the public from the dismal shape the economy is in after all this so-called stimulus.

Link: Will Reviving The Fairness Doctrine Reduce Violence?

Fairness Doctrine Is Censorship In Hungary

Actually, it is considered censorship here too, although the political Left will disagree. Freedom, especially freedom of the press and freedom of speech has been diminished in Hungary.

Hungary’s recently elected right-wing government has introduced a law demanding — under threat of fines and even shut-down — that news sources be “fair and balanced,” to borrow a phrase from a US news network.

But it doesn’t stop there.

[T]the agency created to determine whether news outlets are in compliance is stacked with political allies of the prime minister and would essentially have the freedom to punish news outlets as it sees fit.

The EU gets it and does not approve. Brings into question the notion that Hungary is not representative of the EU.

The law has raised concerns among Hungary’s European Union partner countries, particularly given that the country will assume the EU’s rotating presidency on January 1. Germany, in particular, has questioned whether Hungary can now be considered a legitimate representative of European values.

Media included in the law is TV, daily and weekly newspapers, magazines and internet sites. The whole nine yards. What is particularly amazing is that it wasn’t that long ago that Hungary was in the communist bloc where there was no freedom of the press. What are they thinking?

Link: In the Middle of Europe, a Democracy Introduces Press Censorship

Hugo Chavez Takes Cable Channel Off The Air

It is by design that Americans are guided and protected by a Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Unfortunately for the people of Venezuela, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the hemisphere’s idiot, feels no such responsibility to freedom of speech in his country.

It is just a bit ironic that some in our country feel that freedom of speech is not as important as being  fair. In fact, some in the Executive branch feel that enemy combatants should have constitutional protections while denying constitutional protections of U.S. citizens when it comes to freedom of speech. They are cut from the same mold as Chavez.

Link: Hugo Chavez takes channel off air after it refuses to televise speech – Telegraph.

Progressive Radio Goes Belly-Up, Again

What's next? Making speech 'accountable?' The Fairness Doctrine?

It is with a touch of schadenfreude to deliver this news today. Air America Radio goes bankrupt, again.

Getting yet one more chance to learn the hard way how business economics works, for a lack of advertising support, they’ve just run out of ‘investors’ to keep them afloat.

There’s one thing about Liberals on a mission to compete with radio talkers on the Right. They refuse to learn from their mistakes. Watch for a new Liberal Progressive station, LP Radio for short, on a short wave frequency near you.

“The very difficult economic environment has had a significant impact on Air America’s business. This past year has seen a `perfect storm’ in the media industry generally,” the company said in a statement on its Web site.

The New York-based network said its “painstaking search for new investors” came close to succeeding even this week, “but ultimately fell short.”

Updated 1/24/2010

link: Air America Radio Closing, Filing for Bankruptcy | Pensacola News Journal story

Why The Left Hates Freedom Of Speech

Forget about the fact that McCain-Feingold was plainly and clearly contrary to the 1st Amendment of the Constitution. Especially the ”Congress shall make no law’ part. Here’s what the First Amendment of the Constitution is . . .

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.                    {emphasis added}

Forgive me, but what part of NO is unclear here?

And forget about the negligence of President Bush for signing that gawd-awful piece of legislation. Can’t stop there though. Both Bush and Obama deserve a refresher course regarding the oath they took when they placed their left hand on the bible and raised their right hand to (ostensibly) God.

Just what does it mean ‘to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States?’ To both those Presidents, apparently it means don’t protect it at all. Shirk that responsibility and schluff it off to the Judicial branch.

But the far Left, including President Obama, is outraged that people and groups of people of any kind have the same right to free speech as you or I. Their straw man villain is ‘corporations.’ They’re foaming at the mouth that big corporations will start buying elections. Uh, does anyone believe that McCain-Feingold took big money out of political campaigns? Can you say ‘George Soros’ and the myriad of 527’s?

What’s ironic to me is the fact that, well gee, Big Labor has the same rights as General Motors now. Oh, bad example, that’s owned by The White House. But you get the point here don’t you? No one is disadvantaged, everyone has not only the right, but the opportunity to group resources together to make political statements of support either for or against any candidate. Whether a club, a union, a town, a corporation, or a wacko forum on the Huffington Post.

I think that’s what ‘freedom of speech’ embodies.

But to think that no one is disadvantaged would not quite be true with the current state of the mainstream media and here’s why. That part of McCain-Feingold what was stricken today prevented political speech either for or against a particular candidate within 30 days prior to an election. The only exception to that is the media. That’s making the large and foolish assumption that the media today is as it was a hundred years ago. But unfortunately, it is no longer the same media watchdog that was afforded specific protection in the Constitution. If you listen to the Left nowadays, they’re claiming that the media is controlled by the Right. Ridiculous of course, but it doesn’t matter to make my point.They help make my point.

That the folks cannot exercise free political speech 30 days before an election, tilts the power of persuasion away from the people and gives it all to the media. And we all know that in the last election, the McCain-Palin ticket was not only running against Obama-Biden, but against the media as well. The sum of which could not be overcome. (aside from the fact that McCain ran with one arm tied behind his back, but that’s another matter) That’s a power that neither the Left or the Right should accept.

But, what is Obama and the wacko Left wanting to do about this freedom of political speech? They want either a Constitutional amendment taking it away, or for Congress to make a law, (echo. . .shall make no law) taking it away. Forfeiting the people’s power back to the media. President Obama’s statement:

With its ruling today, the Supreme Court has given a green light to a new stampede of special interest money in our politics. It is a major victory for big oil, Wall Street banks, health insurance companies and the other powerful interests that marshal their power every day in Washington to drown out the voices of everyday Americans. This ruling gives the special interests and their lobbyists even more power in Washington–while undermining the influence of average Americans who make small contributions to support their preferred candidates. That’s why I am instructing my Administration to get to work immediately with Congress on this issue. We are going to talk with bipartisan Congressional leaders to develop a forceful response to this decision. The public interest requires nothing less.

As we just learned with Obamacare, when the Left and Obama over-reach, they do it on steroids.

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How The Left Tolerates Free Speech

In two words, THEY DON’T. They hate free speech. They don’t have any room for it. Eventually, they will do to you what they did to me, if by no other means than by bringing in the Fairness Doctrine through the back door. However, the spineless bed-wetting liberals at Air America Radio are not so subtle about it. I am now blocked from their website. (spoiling all my fun)  Read on for a little truth.

I enter a cogent and on-topic comment about a post on Air America Radio’s website regarding Rep. Joe Wilson’s ‘you lie’ comment. No name-calling, just the facts that I know they’ve not heard before. Here is an original screensave of the post.

The title of the post was ‘truth hurts, Wilson was right.’ The content follows . . .

Obama brought disgrace to Congress, using his own scare tactics. Basically carrying his campaign to the joint session of Congress. He did it by chastising all who disagree with his socialist design for health care that would not exclude illegal aliens.

He’s lies every time he says Republicans have no plan. Try looking at H.R.3400 in the 111th Congress. He’s lying to you, me, and everyone else. Yes, Joe’s right. Obama lies quite readily. Bringing disgrace to the office of the President.

He accused opponents of using scare tactics. Then said this:”Everyone in this room knows what will happen if we do nothing. Our deficit will grow. More families will go bankrupt. More businesses will close. More Americans will lose their coverage when they are sick and need it the most. And more will die as a result.” It was scare tactics like this that got his ‘economic stimulus’ bill passed.

But I digress, the Heller Amendment would have insured a citizenship test, by verifying Social Security numbers against the employment check database. It was shelved by Democrats.

So yes, Obama lied when he said that illegals would not be participating. H.R. 3200, the only bill in writing says that. And Joe Wilson told the truth.

On July 17, 2009, Democrats moved one step closer to giving free health insurance to the nation’s estimated 12 million illegal aliens when they successfully defeated (on party lines) a Republican-backed amendment, offered by Rep. Dean Heller, R-Nev., that would have prevented illegal aliens from receiving government-subsidized health care under the proposed plan backed by House Democrats and President Barack Obama.

It’s President Obama that is bringing disgrace to the nation.

The author of the Wilson article, Beau Friedlander, carries the water to make the President’s case this way.

What was it the man said? “You lie!” That’s it. What immediately preceded this ejaculation was an assurance from the president of the United States that health care reform did not include free medical assistance for illegal immigrants. The assurance was true. Wilson was mistaken.

The assurance may be true, and it also is true that H.R. 3200 does not say verbatim that illegal aliens are included. It doesn’t have to. Because it does say that they may not be excluded. See PG 50 Section 152 in H.R.3200 – health care will be provided to ALL non US citizens, illegal or otherwise.

(a) IN GENERAL.—Except as otherwise explicitly permitted by this Act and by subsequent regulations consistent with this Act, all health care and related services (including insurance coverage and public health activities) covered by this Act shall be provided without regard to personal characteristics extraneous to the provision of high quality health care or related services.

This includes personal characteristics like citizenship. That is precisely why the Heller Amendment was proposed. And precisely why Democrats shot it down. It was defeated along party lines.

My original entry, which happened to be the very first entry in the comment thread was entered on Sept 10, 2009 at 11:05 pm CST, (Sept 11, 12:05 am EST) was deleted. As you can plainly see now, the first comment shown is dated September 11, 2009 – 2:40am.

Knowing these people like I do, I did a screensave of the original post just because I can substantiate what I’m accusing Air America Radio of doing. But the lesson here is it’s not about Air America Radio in particular, it is about the flaming liberal Left in general, which are plentifully represented in the Obama administration.

Having seen that my post from yesterday was omitted, I re-entered it today. They apparently missed it, because it is still there, as this screensave shows. You can expect to see that also deleted as soon as one of their good little lemmings call it to their attention.

One other thing this screensave shows after I attempted to login. My handle there is ‘hmfwic.’ Guess who has been blocked from commenting on Air America Radio’s website? Yep, me.

That’s exactly the way the far left deals with opposing dialog, even when true . They hate free speech when it is speech that they don’t agree with. You’ll be hearing the Left’s influence on capital hill, and Obama’s Czars, doing their best to carry it on to talk radio (an industry in which the Left are ‘miserable’ failures), and certain cable TV channels.

One of the commenters / lemmings there called socialistfrogg challenges me for proof. It’s not uncommon for commenters like that to be so lazy as to not look it up for themselves.

Provide proof

where it says that illegals will get free healthcare. Cant do it, can you? You are a liar. But you always lie, dont you? Keep it up, right wing extremists! You will be even a smaller minority after the 2010 elections and Dem controlled redistricting.

You people will defeat yourselves for us, again.

* Login or register to post comments By socialistfrogg September 11, 2009 – 10:22am

That won’t happen. Not by me anyway, since I’ve been banned. The fool doesn’t even know that Air America Radio is limiting the information he could otherwise get. Another of the rabid Left’s tactics. The lemmings are kept in cocoons, free of convincing, albeit opposing points of views, even when true. They don’t realize they’re being cultivated into mind-numbed robots.

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Freedom Of Speech Award 2009

Talkers magazine, the leading industry magazine and newspaper for the talk radio business, awarded Rush Limbaugh with the coveted Freedom of Speech Award at the New Media Conference of Talkers Magazine in New York over the weekend.rushfreedomofspeechaward

Talkers . . .

Rush is now the first two-time recipient of the prestigious honor, for the massive attention he garnered in the mainstream press as a result of statements made on the air critical of the President of the United States and particular branches of the Federal government that went on to spark a national dialogue and debate — a process that reflects the very heart of the First Amendment.

Rush spoke about freedom of speech and talk radio in accepting the award. It was a fine 10 minute speech about our freedom of speech and instructive on how to be successful in talk radio. Something the Air America crowd would do good to listen to.

See the video of his acceptance speech.