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Ever notice how often someone who can’t get agreement for their point of view gets the government to force it down your throat?

Posted by Rob Longenecker on June 20th, 2007

I’m old enough to remember the “fairness doctrine” which regulated political speech on the radio, requiring “equal time” and “point/counterpoint.” If you had a radio program and supported a political point of view, you had to have the opposing point of view presented as well, to be “fair.”

Since the repeal of the fairness doctrine, talk radio has exploded in popularity, power and number of listeners. Because most of it is conservative talk radio, the liberal democrats and others left of center have been hyperventilating while launching unsuccessful liberal talk radio shows that can’t compete.

Now there’s a new likelyhood that some new law or regulation will be proposed soon that has the same effect as the fairness doctine. It would kill political talk radio and that would please the left. Ever notice how often someone who can’t get agreement for their point of view gets the government to pass a law to force it down your throat?

I just read a very recent article from a “progressive” website that points to the left’s next step to alter the talk radio landscape. Pay attention to this trend, stay informed and let your representatives know your opinion on this threat to free speech.

Here’s a link to the article, “Report: The Right Wing Domination of Talk Radio and How to End it.”

Newsmax picked up on this story as well:

What do you think?

4 Responses to “Ever notice how often someone who can’t get agreement for their point of view gets the government to force it down your throat?”

  1. Walter Says:

    The far left never learns this lesson and in typical fashion, blames their lack of product interest everything except themselves. This part practically had me rolling on the floor:

    “Our conclusion is that the gap between conservative and progressive talk radio is the result of multiple structural problems in the U.S. regulatory system, etc.”

    No, your conclusion, from the data at hand is that the share of the market you need to be viable has no interest in buying what you’re selling.

    Period.

    If what happened to Air America happened to a client, I’d tell them they need to revamp either what they’re selling or how they’re selling it.

    It would never occur to me to whine about how the marketplace was rigged against my client and how stupid the customers who didn’t buy are.

    I’ve commented on this type of thinking often on my blog at http://www.roicopy.com usually under the global-warming-humans-are-to-blame posts.

    Nice catch on a hotbed issue, Rob. With your reasoned approach to these issues, you should start a politcal blog.

  2. Tucker Gunleather Blog » Blog Archive » “Fairness Doctrine” follow up. Says:

    […] Walter: The far left never learns this lesson and in typical fashion, blames their lack of product interest… […]

  3. Rob Longenecker Says:

    The outcome of the debate in congress on June 28th was to protect free speech. The “fairness doctrine” is going nowhere fast.
    http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/fairness-doctrine-hammered-309-115-2007-06-28.html

  4. hiutopor Says:

    Hello

    Very interesting information! Thanks!

    Bye

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