WND / Kathy Shaidle
As reported exclusively by WND’s Aaron Klein, friends of the Obama administration are trying to sneak the now-defunct “Fairness Doctrine” back into law, disguised as – of all things – an action project on “climate change.”
In a recent report called “Building the Obama Administration’s Climate Legacy,” the Presidential Climate Action Project, or PCAP, recommends reinstating the “Fairness Doctrine,” the old FCC rule that kept conservative talk radio off the airwaves until the ruling was struck down during the Reagan administration.
Unlike many progressive calls for talk radio censorship, the PCAP report doesn’t disguise its intentions with weasel words like broadcasting “localism.” Instead, it states its recommendations plainly: “National discourse today is tainted – and in some cases poisoned – by unbalanced ideological use of the public airwaves. … To improve and better inform public discourse, it is time for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine.”
Anyone accusing talk radio hosts and fans of “paranoid conspiracy theorizing” about the reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine merely have to read the PCAP report for themselves. Progressives are now bold enough to state their intentions openly. Concerned Americans need to express their opposition to media censorship with equal frankness.
“Anybody who thinks that we can nominate somebody who is not going to be the focus of a media-destruction campaign is asinine,” declared Limbaugh this week.
The veteran broadcaster reminded listeners: “Whoever we nominate is who the campaign is going to be about, the election. It’s not gonna be about Obama. The media can’t let it be about Obama. If it’s about Obama, he’s sunk! It’s gonna have to be about what a reprobate, racist, sexist, mean-spirited, heartless creep the Republican is.”
When Mitt Romney was quoted out of context for saying, “I’m not concerned about the very poor,” (because, he added, America has a generous social safety net), Limbaugh made an important point about not buying into the left’s premises in the first place (FREE audio): “The safety net is one of the biggest cultural problems we’ve got!” Limbaugh explained. “We had better be worried about it, just like we had better get angry over Obamacare. Obamacare is worth getting mad about. Mitt said that it wasn’t. This biz, ‘I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there’? Right, the safety net is contributing to the destruction of their humanity and their futures!”
Savage welcomed Congressman Allen West to the show, to talk about his controversial challenge to socialistic Democrats to “get the hell out of America.” West defended his challenge, explaining that sometimes you have to tell the truth, even if it makes you unpopular (FREE audio).
Former high-powered Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff gave Michael Savage credit for helping turn his life around while he was serving 43 months in prison.
Abramoff joined Savage on the air to talk about the powerful influence the radio show had on his rehabilitation.
He emerged from prison determined to help clean up corruption in D.C. and told Savage, “Part of the ability to rethink was listening to you every night in jail, as a lot of other guys did.”
Veteran political strategist Dick Morris joined Sean Hannity to explain why Newt Gingrich lost the Florida primary. Morris crunched the numbers and told Hannity that “women have turned on” Gingrich and thrown their support behind Romney.
Ann Coulter created a stir with her latest provocative column, called “Three Cheers for RomneyCare.” Mark Levin went through the column line by line, “reeducating” her about the facts and scolding her for becoming a “Romney zombie” (FREE audio).
In a replay of what happened when his previous bestseller, “Liberty and Tyranny,” came out, thousands of fans turned out when Mark Levin came to a Washington, D.C., bookstore to sign copies of his latest book, “Ameritopia”.
On her blog, Laura Ingraham noted how much had changed since just last year, when “the tea party showed impressive strength with its anti-establishment, anti-big spending message.” Today, Ingraham noted, Mitt Romney’s success in the primaries seems to indicate that “tea-party cred can only get you so far.”
Conservative politicians also need “organization, money and a sophisticated media strategy,” which she says Newt Gingrich has been lacking.
On the air, Ingraham welcomed Mike Huckabee to analyze the results of the Florida primary, while Rick Santorum came on to call out both Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney (FREE audio).
Ann Coulter was back on Glenn Beck’s radio show this week, to talk about her expectations regarding the Florida primary. She told Beck she finds the comparisons between ObamaCare and RomenyCare “baffling,” and added that if she were in charge, she would increase the size of the State Department by 50 percent.
And now, from the left side of the dial …
On those rare occasions when one of their own is physically attacked, progressives immediately start calling for “a return to civility” and “an end to violent, divisive rhetoric.”
However, they are usually the only ones indulging in uncivil, “violent rhetoric,” and furthermore, there would be no progressive talk radio (such as it is) without it.
Case in point: Host Stephanie Miller sounded positively delighted this week, as she relished photographs that appeared to show Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer wagging her finger at President Obama when he visited her state.
Miller’s reaction was downright bizarre: “You know it is exhibit, you know, [No.] 6,002 of the unbelievable disrespect for this president. You know, it’s like [Gov. Brewer] almost was posing for that picture on the tarmac of her with her finger up in the president’s face, you know, it’s like Lyndon Johnson would have broken that off and shoved it up your [bleep].”
Miller’s statements were all the more ridiculous when one considers how much “unbelievable disrespect” was heaped upon George W. Bush during his eight years in the White House. But as any self-respecting progressive will tell you: when they do it, that’s different.
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