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Does Barack Hussein Obama want to SILENCE RUSH?
His campaign now says he doesn't support the so-called "Fairness Doctrine"* (a measure that liberals are trying to impose to get rid of the only medium that gives equal time to conservative thoughts and opinions; namely, conservative talk radio) -- athough he supported it several months ago.
Michael Ortiz, the Obama campaign's press secretary, told Broadcasting and Cable:
"Senator Obama does not support re-imposing the Fairness Doctrine on broadcasters."
But what many liberal media outlets are not reporting is THE REST OF ORTIZ'S STATEMENT!
Ortiz continued: "He considers this debate to be a distraction from the conversation we should be having about opening up the airwaves and modern communications to as many diverse viewpoints as possible. That is why Sen. Obama supports media-ownership caps, network neutrality, public broadcasting, as well as increasing minority ownership of broadcasting and print outlets."
Forget about those short-sighted liberal plots to silence Rush Limbaugh and all those other pesky conservative talk-radio hosts. Obama has a bigger vision!
"Media Ownership Caps... ?" Ortiz's statement is very clear! Obama wants the whole enchilada! Essentially Ortiz is saying that the federal government should control and regulate exactly who owns a media outlet.
"[I]ncreasing Minority Ownership of Broadcast And Print Outlets... ?" Not enough minority owned stations? Not a problem? The government can fix that too! Let's extend Affirmative-Action to the airwaves.
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*What Is The (So-Called) Fairness Doctrine?
In 1949, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued directives which eventually became known as the "Fairness Doctrine." The general idea behind these directives was to guarantee balanced coverage of the news by forcing stations to air opposing views.
"Broadcasters must give adequate coverage to public issues and this coverage must accurately reflect opposing views on the issue."
It initally sounded like a good idea. However, it didn't take long for astute politicians to realize that they could use the "Fairness Doctrine" as a club to bludgeon their opposition.
Bill Ruder, President Kennedy's Assistant Secretary of Commerce, tells us how it worked:
"Our massive strategy was to use the Fairness Doctrine to challenge and harass right-wing broadcasters and hope the challenges would be so costly to them that they would be inhibited and decide it was too expensive to continue."
According to the Heritage Foundation, the so-called "Fairness Doctrine:"
"... puts immense power into the hands of federal regulators. And in fact, the fairness doctrine was used by both the Kennedy and Nixon Administrations to limit political opposition. Telecommunications scholar Thomas W. Hazlett notes that under the Nixon Administration, 'License harassment of stations considered unfriendly to the Administration became a regular item on the agenda at White House policy meetings.'"
In 1987, during the Reagan Administration, the FCC formally abolished the "Fairness Doctrine."
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