Isn’t it ironic that in the land of the free, the Democrats have got to stifle free speech to hold on to power?
The same week that an MSNBC survey found 90 percent of journalists contribute to Democrats; and the BBC’s own study found it’s news to be biased toward left-wing causes, we find that powerful Democrat Senators are trying to build up the votes to bring back the so called “fairness doctrine” a hypocritical law that was exposed and stopped during Ronald Reagan’s first term.
Here is Chris Wallace of FOX digging into the fairness doctrine’s revival.
Oklahoma Senator Inhofe says that he overheard Barbara Boxer and Hillary Clinton three years ago complaining about talk radio and saying that there should be a legislative fix. Both of them deny it ever happened.
But let me ask you about yourself. Do you have a problem with talk radio, and would you consider reviving the fairness doctrine, which would require broadcasters to put on opposing points of view?
FEINSTEIN: Well, in my view, talk radio tends to be one-sided. It also tends to be dwelling in hyperbole. It’s explosive. It pushes people to, I think, extreme views without a lot of information.
This is a very complicated bill. It’s seven titles. Most people don’t know what’s in this bill. Therefore, to just have one or two things dramatized and taken out of context, such as the word amnesty — we have a silent amnesty right now, but nobody goes into that. Nobody goes into the flaws of our broken system.
This bill fixes those flaws. Do I think there should be an opportunity on talk radio to present that point of view? Yes, I do, particularly about the critical issues of the day.
WALLACE: So would you revive the fairness doctrine?
FEINSTEIN: Well, I’m looking at it, as a matter of fact, Chris, because I think there ought to be an opportunity to present the other side. And unfortunately, talk radio is overwhelmingly one way.
WALLACE: But the argument would be it’s the marketplace, and if liberals want to put on their own talk radio, they can put it on. At this point, they don’t seem to be able to find much of a market.
FEINSTEIN: Well, apparently, there have been problems. It is growing. But I do believe in fairness. I remember when there was a fairness doctrine, and I think there was much more serious correct reporting to people.
WALLACE: Let me move on to the underlying issue, which is immigration.
Senator Feinstein, Democrats are going to bring back immigration reform this next week. Where does it stand now, and what are the chances that you’re actually going to pass something?
FEINSTEIN: Right, right. Tuesday there will be a cloture vote on the motion to proceed. It will ripen on Thursday. We’ll see if between the two parties we have 60 votes.
Both Senator Lott and I are on the same side with respect to this. And I’m hopeful that we will.
Let’s enjoy these times of government transparancy due to talk radio and blogs.