Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Fairness Doctrine-free speech under attack

The Broadcaster Freedom Act of 2009. These are misnomers for limitations on free speech. Protect your Constitutional rights of the First Amendment. Contact Henry Waxman,your Reps and Senators. http://www.grasstopsusa.com/waxmanfairnessdoctrine.html

(Excerpted from Grasstops newsletter by Chris Carmouche)

"One idea Waxman's committee staff is looking at is a congressionally mandated policy that would require all TV and radio stations to have in place 'advisory boards' that would act as watchdogs to ensure 'community needs and opinions' are given fair treatment..... Waxman and the FCC staff are also said to be looking at ways to ease the 'consumer complaint' process, which could also be used along with the advisory boards." (You know who won't be serving on these boards! - JL)
-The American Spectator
Just in case you were thinking that attempts by Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi to institute the so-called Fairness Doctrine were simply about shutting-down Rush Limbaugh and conservative talk-radio... THINK AGAIN.

It's actually much worse than we initially thought!

Now, according to the above report by The American Spectator, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, under the leadership of far-left Congressman Henry Waxman is talking about Congressional mandated advisory boards of community watchdogs for conservative talk-radio!

Envision ACORN-like "advisory boards" acting as "community watchdogs" over Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity or Laura Ingraham...telling them, through the station owners that carry their shows, what they can or cannot say?

And just in case you're thinking that such a scenario sounds a little far-fetched, remember that our present economic crisis can be directly traced back to liberals in Congress giving the green light to so-called community-based organizations like ACORN - that utilized draconian and potentially fraudulent strong-arm tactics - to force banks into giving out tons of bad loans!

And for those of us with short memories, let us not forget that liberals tried to pull Rush from Armed Forces Radio two years ago.

To quote The American Spectator again:

"Waxman and the FCC staff are also said to be looking at ways to ease the 'consumer complaint' process, which could also be used along with the advisory boards."

The American Spectator again:

"Senior FCC staff working for acting Federal Communications Commissioner Michael Copps held meetings last week with policy and legislative advisers to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman to discuss ways the committee can create openings for the FCC to put in place a form of the 'Fairness Doctrine' without actually calling it such."

And Waxman is not just going after conservative talk-radio. Liberals have their sites set on the Internet too!

The American Spectator yet again:

"Waxman is also interested, say sources, in looking at how the Internet is being used for content and free speech purposes. 'It's all about diversity in media,' says a House Energy staffer, familiar with the meetings. ... Does one heavily trafficked Internet site present one side of an issue and not link to sites that present alternative views? These are some of the questions the chairman is thinking about right now, and we are going to have an FCC that will finally have the people in place to answer them."

Obama said: "You Can't Just Listen To Rush Limbaugh And Get Things Done."

Now that liberals have succeeded in moving the United States onto the road to Socialism with the passage of their so-called "stimulus package," liberals need to make their far-left policies stick!

And they do that through control of the media...through control of everything the American people see and hear....we call it propaganda.

Liberals already control the major television networks and newspapers. The thorn in their side is conservative talk radio... THEY MUST CONTROL IT TOO!

Liberal columnist Bill Press recently lamented in a Washington Post column that greedy radio station owners are conspiring to shut down liberal voices on the radio.

Of course, that's an outright falsehood. Conservative talk-radio is popular precisely because it is the ONLY broadcast medium today where conservative voices and opinions CAN be heard. As Rush Limbaugh is found of saying, "I don't need to give equal time because I AM equal time."

Does the government own the airwaves? Does the government determine what people want?

Are American consumers too stupid to know what they want?

This is what Camille Paglia, a far leftist academician who, to be totally fair, often exhibits intellectual honesty put it this way:

"Too many Democrats have become arrogant elitists, speaking down in snide, condescending tones toward tradition-minded middle Americans whom they stereotype as rubes and buffoons. But the bottom line is that government surveillance of the ideological content of talk radio is a shocking first step toward totalitarianism... let's get real: Liberals have been pathetic flops on national radio... Instead of bleating for paternalistic government intervention, liberals should get their own act together. Radio is a populist medium where liberals come across as snide, superior scolds."

Liberal elites are attempting to take-over the media and silence conservative voices on talk-radio and the Internet. If we are going to STOP them, the time to TAKE ACTION is NOW!

Stop this totalitarian leftist take-over of talk radio. Use the hyperlink below to send your urgent and personalized Blast Faxes to Barack Obama and each and every Member of the Republican and Democrat Leadership of the House and Senate!

Let Congress know that their job is to protect our First Amendment rights!


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