When foul is fair
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