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January 16, 2007

"Media Reform", Dennis Kucinich and the Fairness Doctrine

The National Conference for Media Reform was held last weekend in Memphis and as previously discussed featured a constellation of stars from the far left side of the sky. Even Air America broadcast live from the event.

A surprise attendee was Dennis Kucinich, who announced that he's focusing his efforts on the FCC and an attempt to bring back the "Fairness Doctrine". That would presumably mandate that stations that offer four hours of Rush Limbaugh would have to offer four hours of Randi Rhodes as well. Since the market hasn't treated "progressive" radio that well, might as well try government fiat. Hey, things like that have worked well where they've been tried.

The Presidential candidate said that the committee would be holding "hearings to push media reform right at the center of Washington." The Domestic Policy Subcommittee of the House Government Reform Committee was to be officially announced this week in Washington, D.C., but Kucinich opted to make the news public early.

There's more on the confab in "The Plan To Silence Conservatives", including the news that said confab was funded by a group that's received at least $400,000 from George Soros' Open Society Institute. That connection wasn't disclosed in the official program. Manning and womyning one of the booths were comrades from the Revolutionary Communist Party, an Air America advertiser. And:

[Webster Tarpley, a former associate of Lyndon LaRouche], an "expert" on how 9/11 was a U.S. plot, was a featured guest for two hours on Air America, the liberal radio network now in bankruptcy because of bad management and dismal ratings.


Reaching new levels of hysteria, Rep. Maurice Hinchey said the survival of America was itself at stake because "neo-fascist" and "neo-con" talk-show hosts led by Rush Limbaugh had facilitated the "illegal" war in Iraq and were complicit in President Bush's repeated violations of the Constitution, such as by detaining terrorists. He warned that the "right-wing oriented media" were now preparing the way for Bush to wage war on Iran and Syria... His answer, a bill titled the "Media Ownership Reform Act," would reinstate the federal fairness doctrine and authorize bureaucrats at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to monitor and alter the content of radio and television programs.

Later, he spoke on Air America.

While this site usually laughs at, scoffs, makes fun of, and generally mocks Air America, it's meetings like this that reveal their more ominous side.

Posted in Meta at January 16, 2007 12:15 AM


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