When foul is fair

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

Re: your ar­ti­cle in the Feb. 23 edi­tion ti­tled “Right not re­as­sured on the threat to talk ra­dio” (page 3), this is a re­minder of the sel­f­righ­teous hypocrisy of the lib­er­als in Congress.

The so-called Fair­ness Doc­trine is a relic of the post war ’40s when it was first put in place by the FCC as a pub­lic ser­vice to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. It was in­tended to guar­an­tee a wide-rang­ing dis­cus­sion of top­ics, in­clud­ing con­tro­ver­sial is­sues. But de­mand­ing that broad­cast­ers rep­re­sent both sides of a given is­sue was never meant to pro­vide lib­eral bal­ance to a par­tic­u­lar con­ser­va­tive talk show host. Lib­er­als have the money to pur­chase air­time; but not enough peo­ple want to lis­ten to them. And they are sore losers.

In 2007 Rep. Henry Wax­man took aim at Rush Lim­baugh, Sean Han­nity and Mark Levin. He or­dered then-FCC chair­man Kevin Martin to in­ves­ti­gate. An uniden­ti­fied House lead­er­ship source was quoted as say­ing: “We don’t have as big a me­ga­phone as th­ese guys, but this is all po­lit­i­cal, and we’ll do what we can to gain the ad­van­tage. If we can take them off their game for a while, it will help our folks out there on the cam­paign trail.”

Trans­la­tion: It will keep the folks from learn­ing the truth about our guys.

The lib­er­als want to reim­pose the doc­trine, but when con­fronted they deny it. I won­der if they would be pre­pared for the num­ber of law­suits that would fol­low if they tried to sneak it back in un­der some other name? I like the way Mark Levin put it: “No way, Wax­man… I’ll sue your a--.” Alexan­dra Mark New­port, Rhode Is­land

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