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John Armor Article in Human Events

Posted by Thunder Pig on July 30, 2008

Local author, raconteur, and former primary candidate in the GOP NC-11 race, has an article on Human Events entitled, “Anybody Remember The Red Lion Case?” and here is a snippet to whet your appetite for more:

…What Justice White does not include in his opinion is the relative availability of media when he was writing his opinion. There were slightly more than 4,000 daily newspapers in the United States, then. Most major cities had competing dailies. Some cities like Chicago and New York, had more than six competing newspapers.

At the same time, in 1969, the number of TV licenses were in the hundreds, and there were fewer radio licenses than newspapers.

Today, all of those figures are reversed. The number of daily newspapers is down to about 2,000 and declining. The number of TV stations are above 10,000, and the number of radio stations about five times as many. Given cable and satellite technologies, the average American household now has access to at least 100 TV channels, plus dozens of specialized radio stations. That average household has access to less than two daily newspapers.

It was this change in the facts which led the FCC to end the Fairness Doctrine almost thirty years ago. The disparity, with print media declining and electronic media growing, has continued apace since then. This huge advantage in favor of individual access to broadcast channels that offer what they want, is increased by orders of magnitude when the Internet, plus pod casting, are added to the mix.

Those who are arguing for reestablishment of the Fairness Doctrine have not done their homework….

Source: Human Events

Commentary


You can bet everything you own that the Democrats will get a new Fairness Doctrine in place if Barack Obama is elected President, and that will mean the end of AM Radio.

Fortunately for us, the Internet will be here for the conservative commentators to utilize to side step the ban on conservative talk. That will be good for people who have access to DSL or faster Internet connections, but not for the millions who are on dial up, or listen while on the road, or away from computers.

Will wireless carriers be able to stream Internet radio? Or will people employ a work around like I did while WZNN/WZGM was offering talk radio programming? (I used a transmitter to take the audio from an AM Radio and transmit it on FM so I could hear the faint 1350 kHz signal on my Walkman on an empty slot on the FM Dial, usually 87.9 MHz, up to a mile from my pickup).

I am firm in my belief that if the Fairness Doctrine is passed, we will find a way around it…for the Neo-Stalinist Democrats do not understand the power of freedom, and the utility of Free Markets…that is one reason lefty talk never took hold. They just don’t get it, and never will.

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Talk Radio Sank Amnesty Bill !!!

Posted by Thunder Pig on August 20, 2007

Opposition from key talk radio and cable TV hosts helped kill the
immigration bill in Congress, a study out today concludes. “What listeners of the conservative talk radio media were hearing, in large part, was that the legislation itself was little more than an ‘amnesty bill’ for illegal immigrants, a phrase loaded with political baggage,” it says. The study by the nonpartisan Project for Excellence in Journalism quantifies what White House and Capitol Hill phone lines and e-mail inboxes already indicated: Talk radio focused on the immigration debate more intensely than the mainstream media did from April to June. Conservative hosts touched off a brushfire in the Republican base that President Bush and other party leaders were helpless to contain.

Source: Politico

Hat Tip: Drudge Report

Commentary

With this study in their hands, the progressives are gonna come after us with everything they have to try to get a “Fairness Doctrine” enacted. Heaven help us if a Democrat gets in for Jan 2009! Stay Vigilant!

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Neal Boortz For President !!!

Posted by Thunder Pig on July 20, 2007

I Stand With Neal Boortz!!!
This was a seminar caller.

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Death by Talk Radio: the Amnesty Bill by John Armor

Posted by Thunder Pig on July 1, 2007

Guest Commentary

Death by Talk Radio: the Amnesty Bill

[BB Even 554, 30 June 2007, 738 words]

I’ve done a lot of talk radio beginning with Chuck Boyles on WBAL in Baltimore in 1968. It’s a challenging form of communication. You don’t know what’s coming, yet you must be ready for it. It is true that talk radio killed the amnesty bill in the Senate, for the second and final time, last week.

The first surprise of talk radio is how fast it is. Like the internet, it is viral. An idea (an infection) begins at one point, but within 24 hours it is everywhere. The other, equally important surprise, is that ideas can come from ordinary people. In all other media except talk radio and the internet, the “leading” ideas are proposed by people in
the know, people in suits. Ideas might or might not succeed — consider the iPod as the example du jour — but they come from the suits.

Talking about suits, empty or otherwise, brings us to the US Senate. Not only did the Senate strike a backroom deal on the “illegal immigration” bill, they told the world they’d done such a deal, before they dropped the bill in the hopper. Majority Leader Harry Reid introduced it directly on the floor — no committee hearings, no testimony, no reviews in the press. Just stick it in and tell the whole Senate they must pass it because “the President, and bipartisan Senate
leaders support it.”

I’ve dealt with Senators over the years. Most of them become supremely arrogant by the time they are a few years into their second term.
There are exceptions, and I respect all of them deeply, but that’s the general pattern. And the one thing that arrogant people have greatest difficulty recognizing is their own arrogance.

(To my sainted mother and all the members of my family by blood and marriage I say, yes, I know, I’ve been guilty of that myself on occasion. “But I got betta,” as the Monty Python line says. Can I get back to the story about the Senate, now?)

The arrogance of the Senate was bipartisan and towering. Trent Lott, R-Miss., said that “talk radio was a problem,” that needed to be solved. James Inhofe, R-Ok., said he overheard Hillary Clinton, D-NY, and Dianne Feinstein, D-Cal., talking about reinstituting the Fairness Doctrine to get control of talk radio. Both Clinton and Feinstein later denied the conversation had taken place, but their careers demonstrate that neither takes kindly to criticism.

George Voinovich, R-Oh., actually said he felt “intimidated” by citizen reactions engendered by talk radio. Helloooo. Anyone who feels intimidated by groups of citizens should be in a different line of work than politics.

The misnamed Center for American Progress, run by Bill Clinton’s former Chief of Staff, staffed with Clintonistas and funded by George Soros, among others, issued a report that concluded that talk radio was badly skewed to the right. The report was biased on its facts and in its conclusions. It rejected market demand as an explanation of success in talk radio.

In the last 10 days, I’ve been invited on the air with about a dozen hosts to discuss the danger to talk radio if the government gets back into the business of telling them the content they can broadcast. I was on as an authority on the First Amendment, not talk radio.

To all I said the key to the situation was understood by Thomas Jefferson, two centuries ago. On freedom of the press, he wrote about “the marketplace of ideas.” Jefferson recognized that concepts, as well as goods and services, are put out in public, and those which are well-received, prosper. The others do not.

It fascinated me that my one interview with a “liberal” host, on a station in New York City, went along the same lines. I’d expected her to be loaded for bear, and to attack the idea that talk radio is, and should be, market-driven. To my surprise, that is exactly what she and her listeners thought.

There is a real, but not immediate, risk to talk radio. If someone is elected President who thinks talk radio should be controlled, that President can appoint a majority on the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC can, with the stroke of a pen, reinstall the Fairness Doctrine to replace the Free Speech Doctrine. And if so, only the Supreme Court can likely save talk radio from being told what to broadcast. But those are stories for another day.

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About the Author: John Armor practiced in the US Supreme Court for 33
years. John_Armor@aya.yale.edu He lives in the 11th District of North
Carolina.

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A View to a Kill: The Left Supports the Thug-In-Chief Hugo Chavez

Posted by Thunder Pig on May 29, 2007

Or, How I Quit Living in Fear of Freedom of Speech, and Learned to Love Neo-Stalinism

I hope the events unfolding in Venezuela has been an awakening for people on how the Hard-Core Lefties think, and the cognitive dissonance they bathe in will lead to the horrors of tyranny every single time it is tried!

Hugo Chavez, who has been given dictatorial powers “only during the current emergency“, and an extended term in office, has assumed the worship of the American Communists once only occupied by El Presidente Fidel Castro. And, like him, he will continue to find ways to remain in power far beyond his current term expires. Sort of like Darth Vader for earthlings without the twisted false messiah ending in Episode VI of Star Wars.

The Kids at Daily KKKos support and rationalize the gutting of Free Speech in Venezuela, and I promise you, they wish they could do the same thing here in America to Fox News (a breeding ground for the hated RINOS), Conservative Talk, and the Conservative Blogosphere via “Net Neutrality.’

An excerpt from a Buzzle article:



Radio Caracas Television – the country’s “oldest and most popular” private channel – hosted an emotional farewell to viewers and depicted its imminent demise as a political watershed. “This marks a turn toward totalitarianism,” said its director, Marcel Granier.

The government ridiculed the notion and said it was exercising its legal right not to renew the concession of a channel which had “polluted” the airwaves with anti-democratic coup-mongering as well as sleazy soap operas.

“anti-democratic coup mongering as well as sleazy soap operas,” by those standards, three quarters (or more) of American Television, and virtually all of Hollywood should be at risk of being taken off the air! Most especially on the sleaze. The left have been coup-mongering, and the Democratic Duo of Pelosi & Reid backed off once they realized Americans will not stand for it. (80 million gun owners would soon correct that mistake!)

Here are some more articles on the brave souls fighting against tyranny in Venezuela, much like the Contras we helped two decades ago in Central America:

Washington Post

Venezuelanalysis

BBC

The president says the new channel that took RCTV’s place at midnight on Sunday (0400 GMT Monday) will better reflect the socialist revolution he has pledged to lead.

Never forget that socialism cannot survive when there is competition from other ideologies, and must sink to using violence to remove them. That is part of what the Fairness Doctrine is intended to set into play, to force successful conservative programs to loose part of their air-time to the socialists until a way can be found to remove them from the air.

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Dems To Try Fairness Doctrine [Again]

Posted by Thunder Pig on May 3, 2007

I think the Democrats really are clueless, and will continue to introduce legislation that will invigorate the conseravtive base in time for the 2008 elections!

Allies close to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are promoting legislation, which if passed, will take off the air prominent conservative radio hosts such as Michael Savage, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly—along with thousands of smaller conservative broadcasters.
The bill, entitled the “Media Ownership Reform Act,” is sponsored by Rep. Maurice Hinchey, a leftist Democrat from New York. The legislation aims to revive the so-called “Fairness Doctrine” of the 1940’s: “all views” are to be given equal time on radio. In particular, the Federal Communications Commission would have the power to oversee and change radio and television content. The goal is to tilt the ideological balance of power away from the right on the nation’s air waves.

The real force behind the effort to censor conservative talk radio is the progressive–philanthropist, George Soros. The radical leftist billionaire has made no secret of his hatred for conservatives. He says President Bush has transformed America into a militaristic, “fascist” empire. Moreover, Soros champions many of liberalism’s chic causes: abortion on demand, legalization of drugs, homosexual marriage, euthanasia, unlimited Third World immigration, open borders, and one-world government anchored in the United Nations. He advocates all the issues that are anathema to popular radio talk-show hosts like Savage, Limbaugh and Hannity. Hence, he wants these commentators to be exiled to the political wilderness.

Source: Free Republic
Hat Tips: Anna , Ken , Chad and Nancy , John W, and Thomas!

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