Too bad to check: Waxman’s staff building dossiers on Limbaugh, Hannity to reinstitute Fairness Doctrine?
posted at 1:43 pm on October 8, 2007 by Allahpundit
I’m torn. On the one hand, I wouldn’t put it past him. On the other hand, this comes from the Prowler, which has an amazing knack — which I’ve noticed before — for squeezing hypercynical, Snidely Whiplash-ish comments out of unnamed Democrats revealing their sinister political motives. Try this one on for size:
Others on the Democrat side are pushing ahead with other plans. Rep. Henry Waxman has asked his investigative staff to begin compiling reports on Limbaugh, and fellow radio hosts Sean Hannity and Mark Levin based on transcripts from their shows, and to call in Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin to discuss the so-called “Fairness Doctrine.”
“Limbaugh isn’t the only one who needs to be made uncomfortable about what he says on the radio,” says a House leadership source. “We don’t have as big a megaphone as these guys, but this 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.”
Totally implausible? Nope. But just a tad more menacing than you’d expect a Democrat to be when talking, even anonymously, to a conservative publication like the Spectator. Believe what you like. Either way, it’s hardly a stretch to think that the Fairness Doctrine will be back on the radar if the expected Democratic landslide materializes next year. And if it does, Nostrils will no doubt play a part in moving it along.