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>So-Called Fairness Doctrine Is Not Fair

Watchout, Rush, Glenn, Shawn, Bill!
Powerful Foes Want to End the Gabfest

by Don White
Orlando–Democrats want two things: The White House and your freedom of speech via radio.

Analysts are going so far as to say that if the Democrats win in November, we can expect an all-out attack on talk radio. Political talk, as we know it today, could end.

But how is that possible. Isn’t this supposed to be the land of the free? Aren’t our freedom of speech rights protected in the First Amendment? What happened to this language in the Constitution?

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.

Yes, these rights are protected. But left-wingers have promulgated their version of what being free means. They created a name that sounds good, the Freedom Doctrine, but it could rob Americans of their God-given rights. They think that anytime someone says something of a political nature, there should be “free and equal” time for opposing views on that radio or TV station. Even though it cost that station millions each year to stay in business and these Democrats didn’t contribute to that successful bottom line.

What about the rights and freedoms of free entrepreneurs in America?

The Freedom Doctrine, if Obama dictates, could deal a deathblow to talk radio. It could be doomed, because conservative radio stations are popular with the people; they have sprung up like Camdon Lilies all over this nation and liberals want to put a stop to it. This is a mean and vicious attack on private enterprise as well as freedom of speech and thought.

It seems to me that if liberals wanted they could set up opposing radio stations with opposite views to those on conservative stations. If that were possible–and it certainly is–it should not be a violation of anyone’s right to rebut an issue. It just doesn’t have to be on the same radio station.

Conservatives are worried. Talk radio has been an excellent media of exchange of thoughts and views. It is a big reason why the Conservatives and the Republicans have done so well in Congress and in the White House the past 30 years. Without it we would be demogued by the NBCs, CBSes, ABCs and other liberal news networks.

Newsmax magazine said in a recent article, “If they [Democrats] win, Rush, Imus, Savage, Beck, and dozens of other major hosts will be muzzled by using federal regulations to control political talk.”

So, what’s our plan of attack?

As Newsmax reveals in its special report, “The Battle for Talk Radio,” leading liberals in Congress, the Democratic presidential candidates, and even some Republicans speak openly of their plans to end conservative talk radio using federal regulations.

“Their weapon: a revived Fairness Doctrine, which would once again require stations to air divergent points of view — a clever ruse that makes station owners leery of airing controversial talk-radio hosts fearing law suits and federal sanctions.”

With a new Fairness Doctrine, you could see many top conservative radio hosts canned.

This Newsmax special report also features an exclusive interview with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly who tells Newsmax there is no question a plan is being hatched. “The far-left kooks will try, but they will fail,” O’Reilly says.