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Friday, November 07, 2008
Fairness Doctrine? Meet the head of Obama's FCC Transition Team
Ahead of a widely-expectedcrackdown on free speech and political dissent by the incoming Obama administration, our Dear Leader has appointed a new FCC transition czar to oversee the process.
Henry Rivera, a longtime radical leftist, lawyer and former FCC commissioner, is expected to lead the push to dismantle commercial talk radio that is favored by a number of Democratic Party senators. Rivera will play a pivotal role in preventing critics from having a public voice during Obama's tenure in office.
That gives Rivera's new task a great deal of personal urgency: it's a late-career, second chance opportunity to shut down opposition voices that have been allowed to flourish since his depature from the commission.
Rivera's first opportunity to eliminate commercial talk radio will occur in June 2009, as the term of Republican Robert McDowell expires and he can be replaced with a pro-Fairness Doctrine Democrat. That will give the commission a three-vote Democratic majority, though the final two seats must remain in Republican hands.
If they can strong-arm one of the three Republicans into leaving early, this can be implemented even sooner.
ie ...no congress, no Schumer, no nothing, Free Speech diminished by executive fiat. Does this guy even need Senate approval? Calling Mr. McCain, Mr. Bunning, Mr. Sessions, Ms. Collins and Snowe....
One issue facing Rivera and Obama's new commissioner is how the policy will be carried out. According to data from the 1970s, when the old doctrine regulated the content of speech on the radio, the FCC was forced to utilize a great deal of its resources sifting through tens of thousands of "unfairness" complaints. The FCC's staff might have to be increased substantially to accommodate listeners looking to censor radio programming in their area.
Meanwhile, Air America Radio apparently believes liberal talk radio will benefit from the Fairness Doctrine's implementation! In an interview with a broadcast trade publication, Air America CEO Bennett Zier seems to believe that conservative stations would be forced to carry libtalk programming in order to comply with the law (but wouldn't libtalk stations also be required to run conservatives?):
All of us, every single man, woman, and child on the face of the Earth were born with the same unalienable rights; to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And, if the governments of the world can't get that through their thick skulls, then, regime change will be necessary.
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What Trump is proving is something Andrew Breitbart stumbled upon, but never really figured out how to exploit. The scolds on the Left are paper tigers. They rely on you turning your virtues into vices. Andrew used to respond to the Left's accusations with "So?" as in, "so what are you going to do about it?" The answer is and was nothing.
Trump is not responding as expected to the charge of the social justice warrior. Instead of cowering and apologizing, he is laughing and joking, often doubling down on his previous statements. What we're all seeing is the Left has no response for it, other than to keep chanting the same lines.
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