27
Jun
07

Enjoy the silence

Ah, Depeche Mode.

I dedicate this song to the Day of Silence that was, um, yesterday, as many internet radio broadcasters went silent to represent what will happen to them if there’s not a reversal of the CRB’s new insane royalty rates.

If you haven’t already, contact your congressman and express that you need his support for H.R. 2060 or S. 1353. I’ve conveniently linked them to THOMAS here. And don’t forget to visit savenetradio.org for the latest information.

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In a similar vein, it seems that Sen. Inhofe was correct when he overheard Senators Clinton and Boxer talking about wanting to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine. (Clinton and Boxer still deny it, but come on, we know it happened.)

If you’re not familiar with the Fairness Doctrine, it demands that all radio broadcasters using the public airwaves must provide equal time to conservatives and democrats.

Now Sen. Durbin, Senate Majority Whip, is expressing his desire to see it revisited. And Sen. John Kerry is behind it, of course.

And television? Oh, hands off television. And bear in mind it’s the politicians who decide whether the content needs to be balanced or not. Rush Limbaugh? Needs a balance. Air America? No balance needed! Who’s going to decide if Dr. Laura needs a balance? What about Lou Dobbs? Glen Beck? Larry King? FOR GOD’S SAKE, WHAT ABOUT LARRY KING!?

Of course the radio stations won’t pick up Air America just so they can play Neal Bortz. One’s a loser and one’s a winner, but I don’t think Bortz gets enough listeners to justify a 12-4 timeslot for radio programming that’s as awful as AA’s was.

The Fairness Doctrine is inherently unfair to require a private broadcaster to follow rules that make him/her lose money just to make a political point. And let’s just say with sites like HotAir, Think Progress, Daily Kos, Instapundit, Drudge Report, The PuffingTons Host, and countless others, is there really a lack of information being disseminated to people in the information age that we have to legislate “fairness“?

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I dedicate this video to term limits.


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