On the Fox News talking head show yesterday Sen. Diane Feinstein and Sen. Trent Lott were the guests. The subject of the fairness doctrine for US broadcasters was brought up. It seems as if the Senators are upset that only one side of the immigration issue is being discussed on talk radio. This from the the wires;
"This is a very complicated bill," said Feinstein. "Most people don't know what's in this bill. Therefore, to just have one or two things dramatized and taken out of context, such as the word amnesty -- we have a silent amnesty right now, but nobody goes into that. Nobody goes into the flaws of our broken system."
Feinstein said the measure before the Senate "fixes those flaws" but that doesn't get presented on talk radio, which she said "pushes people to ... extreme views without a lot of information."
I hope you are catching the point and are incensed by it! The point is in a free market society that allows people to compete, the Senator does not like the results so she and others are looking to stop the free market. Talk radio is a free market that is driven by the listeners. If people do not listen then advertisers do not spend their money on the show, and then you go off the air. I have been hosting a daily one hour live call in talk show (shameless plug!!) for almost three years. If the show was not producing an audience then I would be off of the air. That is how the free market operates.
To have Senators calling for measures that seek to "level the playing field", because they do not like who is winning is a call for socialism. The reality is that liberal talk radio does not work, hence the demise of Air America. The reason is that people do not listen, as there are not enough who carry the water for that ideology to produce an audience. That is not the fault of those whose shows are successful, it is the results from the free marketplace. I would suggest to the good Senators that they spend less time with the Communist Manifesto and more with the United States Constitution!
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