DUmmies Love That Fairness Doctrine – Obama Opposes

Hey, look, something I actually agree with Senator Obama about

There may be some Democrats talking about reimposing the Fairness Doctrine, but one very important one does not: presumptive presidential nominee Barack Obama.

The Illinois senator’s top aide said the issue continues to be used as a distraction from more pressing media business.

“Sen. Obama does not support reimposing the Fairness Doctrine on broadcasters,” press secretary Michael Ortiz said in an e-mail to B&C late Wednesday.

“He considers this debate to be a distraction from the conversation we should be having about opening up the airwaves and modern communications to as many diverse viewpoints as possible,” Ortiz added. “That is why Sen. Obama supports media-ownership caps, network neutrality, public broadcasting, as well as increasing minority ownership of broadcasting and print outlets.”

Interesting. Love the use of the word “distraction,” which, for a change (sic), actually makes sense.

I wonder if Obama realizes that several Air America stations, inlcuding the one in NYC, replaced minority broadcasting?

Anyhow, the DUmmies are not amused. Let’s start with the primo-nutjob

Joe Bacon This is what we need to do

 1) Repeal the Communications Act of 1996
2) Reinstate the Fairness Doctrine
3) Force divestiture
4) No entity may own more than 5 media properties in the US. Period (Media properties include newspapers, TV stations, Radio stations, Broadcasting companies, motion picture studios, talent agencies, software companies, entertainment production companies, cable systems, web pages, advertising agencies, publishing companies, broad and narrowband companies, web hosting sites and webpages)
5) Media companies may not have interlocking directorates
6) No media company may own more than one media property in a market
7) Advertisers are held responsible for the content of media they purchase advertising for
8) Newspapers, and broadcasting companies are responsible for their content
9) All Media companies are taxed at 25% of their gross income, the funds derived will finance real public broadcasting with no corporate ties.
10) The airwaves belong to the American people, not to Murdoch, GE, Redstone or any other billionaire.
11) Enact a Three Strikes Rule in the media. Three lies and you’re out. Freedom of Speech does NOT include the freedom to lie!

This is a start to take back the country.

Huh? Take back the country? I wonder if this lover of the Constitution understands that Congress is barred from passing laws that prohibit free speech. Doubtful.

More fun

  • He’s cutting his own throat. You can betcha he’ll be skewered by Rush, O’Reilly, Hannity, Savage, etc., etc. 24/7/365 when he gets in office, if nothing is done about the wingnut monopoly of the media. Look at the drumbeat against Clinton all those years…it’ll be twice as bad this time around. (hmm, so, they love the Constitution, just not the part about free speech and media, which was specifically put in the Bill of Rights to allow people to criticize the government without fear of reprisal, not so that one person could call another an raving wackjob)
  • Is the Dem party seriously trying to loose my vote on purpose? The hits keep coming =/ (sorry to tell ya, but, the electacritters really do not give a rats ass about the Nutroots)
  • Honest to God with FISA, Campaign Finance reform , the death penalty and now the Fairness Doctrine? What the heck is the Democratic Party doing? Besides reaching out to evangelicals?
  • If you don’t want to hold feet to fire fine but your comment is not helping Obama is getting plenty of support from this site. It is what is outside DU that will determine this race. He is sinking netroots, grassroots, and his future FAST!
  • That is a very insightful comment. He is repeating Hillary’s exact mistakes. We want a Democrat candidate, not a Republican-lite one.
  • Exactly. Hillary started dissing the party’s base before the nomination was decided. Obama waited until he won the nomination. (can’t you just feel the unhingedness starting? If Obama wins, and does not put in massive Nutroots friendly legislation, they will freak out, much as they did over Nancy Pelosi ignoring their wishes)
  • thought he wasn’t gonna bring a feather to a knife fight. or a rubber chicken. or a blindfold. or earplugs. or the potato salad. thought he was gonna kick some ass at the knife fight.

There’s more fun, but, ending with a rubber chicken is always a good policy.

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2 Responses to “DUmmies Love That Fairness Doctrine – Obama Opposes”

  1. John Ryan says:

    free speech is not absolute. You can not yell fire in a movie theater, nor can you leak the name of a COVERT operator.

  2. […] William Teach has half a cheer for Obama on the UN-Fairness Doctrine. Just remember Geraghty’s Maxim – every Obama statement has an expiration date. […]

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