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Bloviating Zeppelin: Fairness Doctrine: Here Comes Your Blogging, Speaking and Printing Muzzle

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Fairness Doctrine: Here Comes Your Blogging, Speaking and Printing Muzzle


I warned all my readers over a year ago about this problem on the horizon: the Demorats, Socialists and Leftists simply can't wait to remove your freedoms of speech.

Unless, of course, it's speech they promote.

John Gizzi writes on HumanEvents.com (reproduced here in its entirety):
The speaker of the House made it clear to me and more than forty of my colleagues yesterday that a bill by Rep. Mike Pence (R.-Ind.) to outlaw the “Fairness Doctrine” (which a liberal administration could use to silence Rush Limbaugh, other radio talk show hosts and much of the new alternative media) would not see the light of day in Congress during ’08. In ruling out a vote on Pence’s proposed Broadcaster's Freedom Act, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-CA.) also signaled her strong support for revival of the “Fairness Doctrine” -- which would require radio station owners to provide equal time to radio commentary when it is requested.

Experts say that the “Fairness Doctrine,” which was ended under the Reagan Administration, would put a major burden on small radio stations in providing equal time to Rush Limbaugh and other conservative broadcasters, who are a potent political force. Rather than engage in the costly practice of providing that time, the experts conclude, many stations would simply not carry Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and other talk show hosts who are likely to generate demands for equal time (my emphasis).

At a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor yesterday, I asked Pelosi if Pence failed to get the required signatures on a discharge petition to get his anti-Fairness Doctrine bill out of committee, would she permit the Pence measure to get a floor vote this year.


Oh keep reading, if you think the matter isn't in the forefront:
No,” the Speaker replied, without hesitation. She added that “the interest in my caucus is the reverse” and that New York Democratic Rep. “Louise Slaughter has been active behind this [revival of the Fairness Doctrine] for a while now.”

Pelosi pointed out that, after it returns from its Fourth of July recess, the House will only meet for another three weeks in July and three weeks in the fall. There are a lot of bills it has to deal with before adjournment, she said, such as FISA and an energy bill. “So I don’t see it [the Pence bill] coming to the floor,” Pelosi said.

“Do you personally support revival of the ‘Fairness Doctrine?’” I asked.

“Yes,” the speaker replied, without hesitation (my emphasis).

Pelosi perceives the power doesn't quite exist to push this bill through just yet.

But when Barack Hussein Obama becomes President of the United Statesm, make no mistake, this shall be one of the first bills proffered.

It is the clear and immediate intent of the Demorats, Leftists and Socialists to remove your ability to blog, speak and write fairly and/or hold opinion about events occurring in the United States, in order to keep people more completely in the dark and, moreover, to suppress objection to their agendas and power machinations.

Dissent, discussion, opinions, free and open markets, Demorats clearly indicate, must be stopped.

Get ready.

BZ

5 Comments:

Blogger Mark said...

their arrogance will be their undoing, if they pass the fairness doctrine, and go after Rush, Hannity, Beck and co. the fools will lose seats like crazy the next election, they will probably win seats this one, but their acute stupidity will cause their fall. free speech is quite popular with the rank and file liberals, as well as conservatives. their own base would turn on them, if they push it too far.

Thu Jun 26, 11:31:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Jenn of the Jungle said...

Nancy Pelosi can stick it up her chocolate wizzway!

Bitch. : )How's that for free speech?

Thu Jun 26, 03:55:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Sounds GREAT to me!

BZ

Thu Jun 26, 04:50:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous WMD_Maker said...

The IDEA of the fairness doctrine is one thing where if you have one point of view the other point of view must be allow to be aired however the PRACTICE of the doctrine will end up such that it will block ANY speech.

Fri Jun 27, 01:24:00 PM PDT  
Blogger shoprat said...

The big problem with the fairness doctrine is its one-sided application. It would never be used to allow conservatives to respond to
liberals.

Sat Jun 28, 03:21:00 PM PDT  

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