Air America Ceases Broadcasting – Watch Out, Here Comes the “Fairness Doctrine”

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After 6 years of lousy ratings, Liberal talk radio network Air America closes up shop.  The radio network that gave us renown personalities like Al Franken and Rachel Maddow is no more leaving 100 radio stations in the lurch.

The website blames a lousy economic environment (couldn’t be the subject matter, could it?) and takes credit for the “progressive revival”.  Kind of strange that in the midst of this revival the only viable “progressive” outlet can’t stay a float.

So, the question is… Will the Dems use this crisis to revive the push for the “Fairness Doctrine” or some form of it.  I would be willing to bet it’s coming soon.  Probably some back room bill they try to push through late on a Saturday night since that seems to be the pattern with unpopular legislation.

3 comments:

Sandee on January 21, 2010 at 7:32 PM said...

It will be interesting to watch. They would love to shut us up, but they won't be able to. They just aren't getting how angry the American people are.

Have a terrific day. :)

Roy F. Tottie on January 22, 2010 at 9:32 AM said...

Frankly there's no need for a "Fairness Doctrine". What is needed is for any broadcaster regardless of politics to be fined back to the stone age for lying, for hate speech, for slandering.

Now I won't pretend that I don't think that Limbaugh and his ilk would be the hardest hit, but it would also have effected Keith Olbermann who I like and still think should have been fine slapped for some of his more egregiously sexist comments a few months back.

Ultimately anyone who seeks to foment hate and divisiveness in the guise of free speech should be made to face the consequences of their actions, no exceptions.

paulthepoliticalpundit on January 23, 2010 at 6:43 PM said...

Roy, thanks for the comment.

Got any examples of Limbaugh lies, hate or slander? I have listen to him for years and I have never heard any examples of any of that. In fact if there were, the Left would crucify him.

I agree totally that broadcasters should be held accountable for lies, but who is going to make the determination that someone's opinion is a lie? The government? Not too excited about that.

How about the people who listen make that decision and if they believe that the host is not being upfront with them, they change the channel. Then when that host has no more listeners, they are pulled off the air. Wow, sounds like a free market. Maybe we should try that. Hey, maybe that is what happened to Air America??

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