Obama will silence critics with localism
Posted by rightwinger on November 20, 2008
Obama will silence talk radio with localism not the Fairness Doctrine. What have to say is I want fair and balanced coverage on PBS, CBS, NBS, ABC, MSNBC, and CNN. When these shows truly show all sides of an issue and quit covering for Obama, then maybe we can talk about fairness. How many Obama voters know he campaigned in 57 states and said one bomb was dropped on Hawaii???
Team Obama and the “localism” weapon
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule in question is called “localism.” Radio and television stations are required to serve the interests of their local community as a condition of keeping their broadcast licenses.
Obama needs only three votes from the five-member FCC to define localism in such a way that no radio station would dare air any syndicated conservative programming. Localism is one of the rare issues on which Obama himself has been outspoken. On September 20, 2007, Obama submitted a pro-localism written statement to an FCC hearing held at the Chicago headquarters of Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.’s Operation Push.
Furthermore, the Obama transition team knows all about the potential of localism as a means of silencing conservative dissent. The head of the Obama transition team is John Podesta, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress.
Read the article for yourself.In 2007, the Center for American Progress issued a report, The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio. This report complained that there was too much conservative talk on the radio because of “the absence of localism in American radio markets” and urged the FCC to “[e]nsure greater local accountability over radio licensing.
Podesta’s choice as head of the Federal Communications Commission’s transition team is Henry Rivera.Advertisements