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October 29, 2005

Harkin trying to legislate "progressive" radio onto air

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) is trying to push through legislation that would require programming on American Forces Radio to be "fair and balanced". This is an outgrowth of the supposed pre-cancellation of Big Dumb Ed, and as that links says this is the second try for Harkin with this attempt to legislate "progressive" talkers onto AFRN.

He wants to create an Office of the Ombudsman.:

The ombudsman would be appointed by the Secretary of Defense and be completely independent of DoD staff, reporting directly to the Secretary and to Congress. The ombudsman would make suggestions to AFR management regarding ways to correct imbalances and present an annual report to the Secretary of Defense and Congress on whether AFR is satisfying its mandate to provide fair and balanced political programming.

This is similar to attempts to bring back the Fairness Doctrine, a constant theme from Air America and their supporters: here, here.

Not scared enough? Media Matters hails this move, and:

...about 90 House Democrats sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld asking for a timetable on when liberal radio programs might start airing on the military’s international network, saying the current offerings lack political balance.

When you start hearing about the "Memory Hole" and IngSoc, run.



Posted in Ed Schultz at October 29, 2005 12:50 PM

Comments

What are you afraid of? Armed Forces Radio pumps out Limbaugh fueld hate speach everyday, Limbaugh trashes half of America. Do you think he is doing anyone any favors/ Shultz actually talks to elected officials on his show, he also does not screen calls, so once again, what are you afraid of?

Posted by: josh at November 9, 2005 01:58 PM


Monitoring Air America Radio [TM] so you don't have to.








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