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Rush’s open letter to President Obama regarding the [un]Fairness Doctrine

Posted by Liberty on February 20, 2009

Mr. President, Keep the Airwaves Free

“As a former president of the Harvard Law Review and a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, you are more familiar than most with the purpose of the Bill of Rights: to protect the citizen from the possible excesses of the federal government. The First Amendment says, in part, that ‘Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.’ The government is explicitly prohibited from playing a role in refereeing among those who speak or seek to speak. We are, after all, dealing with political speech — which, as the Framers understood, cannot be left to the government to police.”

Rush has called Obama out.  The time is right to get the President’s stance on the Fairness Doctrine clarified.  His surrogates have been vocally in favor of this unconstitutional censorship in recent weeks.  This issue is critical to Conservatives and to the outcomes of the 2010 midterm elections.  If Conservative talk radio is shut down, it will help solidify Democrat control for generations to come.  The question is, will Obama vote “present?”

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Senator Debbie Stabenow favors silencing Conservative dissent…because she knows liberalism is an inferior philosophy and it can not withstand scrutiny

Posted by Liberty on February 6, 2009

Sen. Stabenow wants hearings on radio ‘accountability’; talks fairness doctrine

Michael Calderone’s Blog on The Politico has a brief summary of Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow’s conversation on Bill Press’s radio show.  Press asks Senator Stabenow if it is time to bring back the Fairness Doctrine.  Here is her response:

“I think it’s absolutely time to pass a standard. Now, whether it’s called the Fairness Standard, whether it’s called something else — I absolutely think it’s time to be bringing accountability to the airwaves. I mean, our new president has talked rightly about accountability and transparency. You know, that we all have to step up and be responsible. And, I think in this case, there needs to be some accountability and standards put in place.”

I was under the impression that Senators take some kind of oath about protecting the Constitution.  This woman clearly has no understanding of the real intent of the First Amendment.  It specifically protects political speech, even political speech that the Democratic majority finds offensive.  The Fairness Doctrine was morally wrong and unconstitutional when it was first imposed and it would be morally wrong and unconstitutional today.  The ability to speak freely in the arena of political debate is fundamental to America.  American political writers like Thomas Paine and Samuel Adams fueled the Revolution by informing and energizing the masses.  Today, Conservatives count on Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingram and others on talk radio to perform the same Constitutionally-protected function.

I have always found it interesting that liberals that push for the Fairness Doctrine only target talk radio, which is largely Conservative.  Senator Stabenow, will your “standards” and “accountability” version of the Fairness Doctrine also apply to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The L.A. Times, The Seattle Times and other newspapers?  What about Time, People, US Weekly, Newsweek, Vanity Fair…do I need to go on?  What about network news on ABC, NBC, CBS?  Where in the hell is the fairness on those networks?  How about cable news on CNN, CNN Headline News, MSNBC, etc?  Are you going to require the Daily Kos to also publish Ann Coulter?  Mark Steyn on Huffington Post?  Don’t you see the hypocrisy in targeting only one type of media…the one type of media that is known for political views that you don’t like? 

Michael Calderone also points out one tiny little conflict of interest that Senator Stabenow has on this subject.  Stabenow is the wife of Tom Athans, who is a liberal talk radio executive.  Liberal talk radio is a colossal failure–perhaps Stabenow is still a little bitter.  Oh, and didn’t Hillary Clinton talk at some point during the Bush administration about how dissent and disagreement is patriotic?  Don’t be unpatriotic, Senator Stabenow!

Even intellectually honest liberals should admit that granting the government the right to shut down political dissent is a dangerous thing.  If you’d like to contact Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, her direct phone number is 202-224-4822.  E-mail at http://stabenow.senate.gov/.

Unfortunately, she’s not the only Senator with censorship on her agenda.  The main Senate switchboard number is 202-224-3121.  The main House switchboard number is 202-225-3121.

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The tolerant, open-minded Left attacks Rush Limbaugh

Posted by Liberty on January 28, 2009

Democrats Start Petition Against Rush Limbaugh

What is constitutionally protected free speech?  If you’re a liberal, it means calling former President George W. Bush “Hitler”…or worse.  It means calling Sarah Palin a “bimbo”…or worse.  It is wearing a t-shirt that says “Bong Hits for Jesus.”  It is pseudo art exhibits like crucifixes suspended in jars of urine or throwing shoes covered in red paint at a giant picture of former President Bush.  Free speech is for Jon Stewart, Al Franken, Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann…not for Rush Limbaugh.  Free speech is for the Dixie Chicks and every Hollywood twit who has yet to figure out that nobody cares what they think…just so long as they look pretty.  And saying anything negative about the messiah, Barack Obama?  That is crossing the line!

“If you had any questions remaining about the war liberals have launched to end conservative talk radio they should be answered by a petition the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee began ‘to show Rush Limbaugh and all of the Republicans what they’re up against if they start attacking President Obama.'”

That’s right…the tolerant, open-minded, free speech crusaders who will defend damn near anything [as long as it is offensive, crude and anti-Republican] are gunning for Rush Limbaugh.  Rush had the audacity to say that he hopes Obama fails.  And I agree with him.  Obama’s policies are counter to the principles that America was founded upon and will have disastrous effects upon our economy and our society as a whole.  Rush has the right to say things like this just as we all do. 

But the Left aren’t content to just live and let live as far as free speech is concerned.  They are going to be pushing hard for the Fairness Doctrine because they want to shut Rush down.  The Fairness Doctrine won’t apply to print media, network tv news, cable tv news or any of the other places that the Left dominates our culture.  It will just muzzle Conservative talk radio.  That’s fair, right?  Of course it’s not fair and the liberal hypocrites know it…they just lack the intellectual honesty to admit it.

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Oprah says she doesn’t need a job from Obama–she’ll do his work for free!

Posted by Liberty on December 6, 2008

Oprah: I’m Not Seeking Job With Obama

“Although Oprah Winfrey worked hard on Barack Obama’s presidential election campaign, she never considered going to work for the president-elect’s administration, the talk show host said Friday.”

She’s much more valuable to Obama as celebrity mouthpiece.

“Earlier this week, Winfrey’s production company confirmed she would host her Chicago-based talk show to Washington for at least two episodes during inauguration week. She’ll have a live show from the Kennedy Center Opera House one day before the ceremony, and tape another one on Jan. 21.”

The question is, will her viewers be smart enough to interpret her biases?  Ironic that her show would not be subject to the Fairness Doctrine but Conservative talk radio would be silenced.

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Google ‘censoring’ anti-Obama bloggers?

Posted by Liberty on November 28, 2008

Google ‘censoring’ anti-Obama bloggers?

“Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs claims the search engine giant has banned her groundbreaking articles about Obama-a technique many people refer to as ‘sandboxing.'”

 

Hmm…Google, getting a head start on the Fairness Doctrine?  Look for more suppression of free speech as the Obama administration gets rolling–this guy can’t take criticism and the MSM (including Google, apparently) is going to continue to help him out.

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Could this happen in America?

Posted by Liberty on November 11, 2008

Blogger jailed for 20 years over poem that mocked Burmese dictator

If Democrats succeed in bringing back the Fairness Doctrine, what other free speech will be regulated and limited?

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The Unfairness Doctrine

Posted by Liberty on November 10, 2008

Now that Barack Obama has won the Presidency [with plenty of help from the fawning mainstream media], we’re starting to hear rumblings about the return of the Fairness Doctrine.  The concept of the Fairness Doctrine has its roots back in the 1940’s when the FCC “required broadcasters to ‘afford reasonable opportunity for the discussion of conflicting views of public importance.’ The fairness doctrine was overturned by the FCC in 1987. The FCC discarded the rule because, contrary to its purpose, it failed to encourage the discussion of more controversial issues. There were also concerns that it was in violation of First Amendment free speech principles.” 

The Fairness Doctrine would effectively silence Conservatives on talk radio by requiring radio stations to provide equal time for liberal views, regardless of whether or not it would be profitable.  They’ve been trying to get the Fairness Doctrine re-instituted for a long time [check out this article from the Heritage Foundation back in 1993] with the express goal of silencing Conservatives.  The Fairness Doctrine would not apply to newspapers, cable news and commentary shows, movies and TV news programming.  Here’s an informative article from the American Thinker: The Fairness Doctrine at Work.

Keep your eye on this issue.  It’s one of the most blatant examples of liberal hypocrisy out there.  Liberals like to claim that they’re more tolerant and open-minded than Conservatives.  They pretend that they’re on the side of freedom of speech while actively working to silence their opposition and rob Conservatives of their God given rights.  I did check out the ACLU website, just to see if they had the intellectual honesty to oppose the Fairness Doctrine.  From what I can see, they will support your right to protest against President Bush, drop a “fleeting expletive” on live TV and post kiddie porn on the Internet but they did not officially address the Fairness Doctrine.  Interesting.

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