by Van Helsing | October 23, 2008 2:50 pm
Apparently forgetting that the election isn’t over yet, Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) has admitted to Democrat plans to shut down talk radio once they have the political leverage.
Television and print media are overwhelmingly — often cartoonishly — liberal. But the conservative opposition has carved out a home on talk radio, where Rush and Hannity draw huge audiences while left-wing Air America repeatedly falls on its face. The Democrat solution is to kill the medium with a strangulation by regulation strategy, imposing the Orwellian “Fairness Doctrine,” which would require every opinion to be counterbalanced by an equal and opposite opinion. In practical terms this is not feasible — as they well know. Radio stations will be forced to talk about gardening or switch to music.
Needless to say, this sort of political censorship is not even remotely consistent with the most fundamental principles of this country. That’s why liberals feel we need Change.
It’s more than an election coming up in two weeks. It’s a referendum on whether this will continue to be America. The Left may already have enough control of the media to get the results it’s after.
Via the Radio Equalizer, here’s Bingaman announcing the Dems’ totalitarian plans on Albuquerque’s KKOB on Tuesday:
As any American should be, KKOB’s Jim Villanucci was alarmed by the interview:
I guess the shocking part was to have a senator sitting across the table from me, basically threatening my job and my show on my show — (it) was kind of stunning.
Other Dems who favor “Hush Rush” legislation include House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD).
Don’t worry, Keith Olbermann — the Unfairness Doctrine will never be employed against the Left. This relic of an earlier age would serve no other purpose than to use the liberal saturation of the bureaucracy to silence opposition.
Next in the liberal crosshairs will be the Internet, which they will regulate into submission under the guise of “Net Neutrality.” Before long non-socialist communication will be reduced to surreptitiously passing along xeroxed copies of Atlas Shrugged, The Gulag Archipelago, and the US Constitution.
On tips from V the K and Wiggins. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.
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