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Thursday, June 28, 2007

More Chicanery from the Chavez Democrats

The Fairness doctrine may be delayed until the end of Bush's term but it's not dead yet.
House Passes Amendment Disallowing Funding for Fairness Doctrine
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 6/28/2007 3:25:00 PM

The ayes had it Thursday after the House overwhelmingly passed an amendment 310 to 15 an appropriations bill that prevents the FCC from spending any money in 2008 to reinstate the fairness doctrine.

The amendment had been introduced by former talk radio host and current Republican Legislator from Indiana Mike Pence, who also was preparing a bill that would permanently prevent the FCC from trying to reinstate it, not that Democrats were expecting the Republican-led FCC to do that, several Democrats said Thursday on the House floor.

Numerous Republicans stood up to criticize any attempt to reinstate the fairness doctrine, calling it unfair, a threat to the First Amendment, directed at conservative talk radio, and the "leftist censorship doctrine," among other things.

Democrats, led by David Obey (D-Wis.) suggested the amendment was a red herring, a non-issue and that it was being debated, such as it was--no Democrats stood to oppose it--to provide sound bites for conservative talkers and "yap yap TV," who had ginned up the issue. In a Shakespearian mood, Obey said the amendment was "much ado about nothing" and "sound and fury, signifying nothing."

But several Democrats and Republicans suggested the debate over the doctrine was not over, but just beginning. Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) said that there may not have been a fairness doctrine item on the House agenda, but he believed that it is "clearly on the agenda of debate in the country."

Media ownership critic Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), who has backed reimposing the doctrine, said the amendment was a non-issue because the Republican administration would never do it. President Ronald Reagan vetoed a congressional attempt to reinstate the doctrine soon after it was jettisoned by the FCC.
But Kucinich did say that the FCC under a future administration might indeed reimpose the doctrine. The amendment would only bar monies in fiscal year 2008.

"It is exactly that next administration that we are concerned about," said Pence, adding that he did not want to leave the FCC with the resources or authority to rereguate the public airwaves."

Kucinich said the real issue was media concentration, a point echoed by Diane Watson (D-Calif.)

There is currently no legislation to reinstate the doctrine, which the FCC invalidated as unconstitutional in 1987, but several Democratic senators, including Dick Durbin of Illinois, John Kerry of Massachusetts and Diane Feinstein of California had gone on record supporting at least looking into reinstating it.

Those calls appeared to be spurred, in part, by a talk radio campaign against the immigration reform bill that seemed to have been effective--the bill essentially died a second time Thursday and is unlikely to be revived before the 2008 elections.

Rep. John Dingell (D- Mich.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), who chair the committee and subcommittee that oversee communications policy issues, have also asked the National Telecommunications & Information Administration to investigate the connection, if any, between broadcast speech and the commission of hate crimes.

Congressman Mike Pence was on Mark Levin's show tonight and observed that the Democrat leadership voted against his amendment. He says that this tells him of their intentions to shut down talk radio if a Democrat is elected President.

5 comments:

  1. Sure they will.
    And why not.

    The 1st Admendment has already been raped. Mr McCain, Mr Feingold, the President and the Supremes have already seen to that.

    No Politically unapproved speech allowed, when it matters most, in the days before an Election.

    The Democrats, if they control the Congress and the White House will not waste the opportunities that are provided by political supremacy.
    Only the feckless Republicans, the most inept Administration of the 21st century, would let the opportunities slip through their fingers, while feathering their own nests.

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  2. The great national divide on this issue and all that it engenders - the ugly, overheated rhetoric and the hostility toward people whose biggest crime is wanting the American dream - will only grow deeper.

    And our border is no more secure than it was yesterday.

    If this is victory, what does defeat look like?


    Broken System Prevails

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  3. Hey, seems I was misinformed.

    Mr Shadegg was front and centrer in moving the House Republican Causcus to discourage the Senate from passing the Immigration Bill.

    The Story is told, here.

    My apologies to Mr Shadegg.

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  4. Anybody know anything about Ghana? I've got a job opportunity there. Help, please.

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  5. With its job approval rate at 25% one might think that Congress would give up on trying to scapegoat talk radio and would start trying to figure out what it is that the American people are so pissed-off about. I would suggest that they might want to start by recognizing the outrage at the continued influx of illegal aliens across our southern border and the failure to enforce current immigration law.

    Instead they attack free political speech and practice race baiting as they vie for the presidential nomination.

    "We have made enormous progress, but the progress we have made is not good enough," said Sen. Barack Obama, the son of a man from Kenya and a woman from Kansas.

    Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the first female candidate with a serious shot at the presidency, drew the night's largest cheer when she suggested there was a hint of racism in the way AIDS is addressed in this country.

    "Let me just put this in perspective: If HIV-AIDS were the leading cause of death of white women between the ages of 25 and 34 there would be an outraged, outcry in this country," said the New York senator.


    Now that the 'Immigration Reform' attempt has been defeated, we must urge our representatives to legislate a border security act (including a mandate for its enforcement) post haste.

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