Misc Commentary For Jan 16, 2007
— Duncan Hunter appears to be getting a little traction in Arizona because he won a straw poll in McCain’s home state. Granted, it’s only the Maricopa County Republican meeting, but it does prove that Hunter has a message that resonates with people once they find out a litle more about him and what he believes.
— Barrack Obama is now officially in the race for the Presidency which is good news for Republicans because he does have a chance to win the primary, but he is an unaccomplished, inexperienced, empty suit liberal who probably couldn’t beat the top 7 or 8 Republican candidates in a general election. Plus, as an added bonus, liberals will have to beat up on him to stop him which will, by the very standards they’ve put in place, cause them to be accused of racism. All in all, he’s a nice addition to the field — for Republicans.
— Charlie Rangel said that Saddam Hussein was “lynched” yesterday on Fox News. Is there any terrorist, criminal, or dictator that liberals’ hearts don’t bleed for? If these guys could only hate people who want to murder Americans for being Americans the same way they hate their fellow Americans who don’t agree with them politically, then, well, we’d have the people in two parties doing that.
— Unsurprisingly, Dennis Kucinich is out there beating the drums for the Fairness Doctrine, which is nothing more than a backhanded way to try to censor conservative views on the radio:
“Over the weekend, the National Conference for Media Reform was held in Memphis, TN, with a number of notable speakers on hand for the event. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) made an surprise appearance at the convention to announce that he would be heading up a new House subcommittee which will focus on issues surrounding the Federal Communications Commission.
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.
In addition to media ownership, the committee is expected to focus its attention on issues such as net neutrality and major telecommunications mergers. Also in consideration is the “Fairness Doctrine,” which required broadcasters to present controversial topics in a fair and honest manner. It was enforced until it was eliminated in 1987.
Kucinich said in his speech that “We know the media has become the servant of a very narrow corporate agenda” and added “we are now in a position to move a progressive agenda to where it is visible.”
This is how the game works: The Fairness doctrine is implemented. Then FCC bureaucrats go to radio stations and say, “You’ve got Rush Limbaugh on for 3 hours a day, so you have to balance that out with 3 hours of liberal hosts.” Then, the radio station has a big problem. They have a huge audience for Rush’s show, but liberal talk radio can’t draw flies. So, although they may able to make lots of money selling advertising on Rush’s show, they’ll lose money hand over fist for 3 hours on the liberal show. So, how do they get out of this dilemma? They dump the format and play pop, country, salsa music — whatever they think can draw an audience.
So, the “Fairness Doctrine” has nothing to do with “Fairness,” it has everything to do with trying to silence people who speak out against liberalism.
— Quote of the day from Martin Amis:
What is the most depressing thing about Britain you have observed since your return? And the best? GRANT MULLIN, Surrey
The most depressing thing was the sight of middle-class white demonstrators, last August, waddling around under placards saying, We Are All Hizbollah Now. Well, make the most of being Hizbollah while you can. As its leader, Hasan Nasrallah, famously advised the West: “We don’t want anything from you. We just want to eliminate you.” [Close enough. — ed.] Similarly, when I went on Question Time the other week, a woman in the audience, her voice quavering with self-righteousness, presented the following argument: since it was America that supported Osama bin Laden when he was fighting the Russians, the US armed forces, in response to September 11, “should be dropping bombs on themselves!” And the audience applauded. It is quite an achievement. People of liberal sympathies, stupefied by relativism, have become the apologists for a creedal wave that is racist, misogynist, homophobic, imperialist, and genocidal. To put it another way, they are up the arse of those that want them dead.”