Schumer on the Fairness Doctrine: Just think of it as regulating pornography

posted at 11:56 am on November 4, 2008 by Allahpundit

He’s making a general point about government’s responsibility to oversee the public airwaves. If you’re willing to concede that they have the power and duty to keep one type of material off the air in the interest of the common good, then at least theoretically you’re willing to extend that principle to other types — like, say, political speech, to ensure “balance.”

This clip’s an even better turnout motivator than the Ayers clip, isn’t it?

At least he’s only talking only about the public airwaves, not cable or the Internet. I think.

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Schumer is obscene, I consider him pornography, take him off the air.

right2bright on November 4, 2008 at 4:30 PM

So you don’t trust that I’m not dangerous and still want to check me out?

You’re right. I’m completely worth it.

Esthier on November 4, 2008 at 4:27 PM

You may feel some pressure at a consistent, repetitive rate. A feeling of euphoria should indicate the examination is proceeding successfully.

Just don’t do the faux Hillary southern accent. We won’t be able to complete the test then.

MadisonConservative on November 4, 2008 at 4:31 PM

Confiscating guns in middle America will not be that easy. Most people will simply ignore any order and the great unwashed will stay armed (thank goodness). The 2nd ammendment was designed to prevent this kind of problem. It is too bad that the libs can’t figure it out.

duff65 on November 4, 2008 at 4:34 PM

“I’m SORRY!” to all my new HotAir friends, I should NOT have used the bold so much, but guys I did already get the MANLYRASH seal of approval, and I just joined yesterday…

I’m trying to fit in, but I am very comfortable with you all because I have read this forum for months… I feel a bond, and I’m again sorry if I got a tad bit excited, BUT I CAN FEEL THE SPIRIT OF OUR FOUNDERS, OF OUR COUNTRY MOVING OVER THIS GREAT LAND TONIGHT! IT FEELS LIKE FREEDOM!

Mark Garnett on November 4, 2008 at 4:36 PM

Obama’s Civilian Defense Force will probably be coordinated by Farakkhan’s Bodyguards.

It is a moot point anyway. McCain’s gonna take it!

GOD BLESS AMERICA! MCCAIN/PALIN ’08

kingsjester on November 4, 2008 at 4:36 PM

Just don’t do the faux Hillary southern accent. We won’t be able to complete the test then.

MadisonConservative on November 4, 2008 at 4:31 PM

Madison, there’s not a damn thing faux about me.

Born and raised in Texas my entire life, but my only accent is the “ya’ll” I can’t help. Seeing as it’s you and the Russians tonight, I can’t make any promises.

Esthier on November 4, 2008 at 4:38 PM

Last shooting I saw the perp took 5 rounds .45 ACP center mass and lived. – Viking6 on November 4, 2008 at 3:49 PM

How the hell is that possible?

ManlyRash on November 4, 2008 at 4:41 PM

Born and raised in Texas my entire life, but my only accent is the “ya’ll” I can’t help. Seeing as it’s you and the Russians tonight, I can’t make any promises.

Esthier on November 4, 2008 at 4:38 PM

Texas accent?

The test will only take about two minutes.

MadisonConservative on November 4, 2008 at 4:45 PM

How the hell is that possible?

ManlyRash on November 4, 2008 at 4:41 PM

People have taken more than a dozen rounds and lived. Center mass is in order to put a man down, not necessarily to kill them. To do that, you aim for the head.

MadisonConservative on November 4, 2008 at 4:47 PM

I still remember when Republicans were the majority party and he would talk about the hot cup and the cooling saucer.

Angry Dumbo on November 4, 2008 at 4:49 PM

I was on jury duty and had a discussion with a liberal
First words out of his mouth was
Oh yea well ox and talk radio are the cause of the problem
I stated (what about ALL of the tv stations, radio stations and cable stations owned by liberals)

you cannot stand one i mean ONE voice of discent ..

he had nothing to say he then changed the subject..

Yea right these liberals hate anyone who disagrees with them
They remind me of their mentor
POL POT

jcila on November 4, 2008 at 5:11 PM

I wonder what they will do next
Go to court and demand i take down my sign inside my car?

since i dotn have a liberal sign next to it???

jcila on November 4, 2008 at 5:12 PM

The test will only take about two minutes.

MadisonConservative on November 4, 2008 at 4:45 PM

So long as it’s thorough and ends as you promised, in which case I’m not sure one test is effective.

Esthier on November 4, 2008 at 5:15 PM

After talk radio is neutered, blogs are next. However, I don’t think it will be necessary. Destroy talk radio and the message is sent.

Angry Dumbo on November 4, 2008 at 5:30 PM

So long as it’s thorough and ends as you promised, in which case I’m not sure one test is effective.

Esthier on November 4, 2008 at 5:15 PM

These tests often require follow-up consultations. We have to be thorough.

MadisonConservative on November 4, 2008 at 5:34 PM

On the other hand, the Fairness Doctrine is still constitutional according to the Supreme Court. The last time it reviewed any case having to deal with the fairness doctrine was in the ’50s with Red Lion v. FCC. That case ruled it constitutional (before the FCC found the evidence that it used in the ’80s to get rid of it), and no other cases have come up about it.

Things do not look good, as most likely all the left-leaning justices on the Court will retire as soon as possible if Obama’s elected, letting him push his “fair” judges who believe in “social justice” into the Court. With a 3-2 Democrat majority in FCC commissioners as well, this really could mean the death of talk radio very soon.

CarpeFishem on November 4, 2008 at 12:36 PM

Take heart, my friend. In the Red Lion case, the Supreme Court made it very clear it was not closing the door on a constitutionality challenge to the Fairness Doctrine. There, it stated:

“It is strenuously argued, however, that if political editorials or personal attacks will trigger an obligation in broadcasters to afford the opportunity for expression to speakers who need not pay for time and whose views are unpalatable to the licensees, then broadcasters will be irresistibly forced to self-censorship and their coverage of controversial public issues will be eliminated or at least rendered wholly ineffective. Such a result would indeed be a serious matter, for should licensees actually eliminate their coverage of controversial issues, the purposes of the doctrine would be stifled.

A few lines down in that same decision, the Court also warned: “And if experience with the administration of those doctrines indicates that they have the net effect of reducing rather than enhancing the volume and quality of coverage, there will be time enough to reconsider the constitutional implications.”

(I have added emphasis to certain text.)

In addition to the above, the proliferation of media outlets, including the Internet and satellite radio, takes much of the steam out of the liberals’ “limited spectrum” argument.

I have faith that the current composition of the Supreme Court would rule any FCC revival attempt of the Fairness Doctrine unconstitutional. But as you have suggested, the same might not be true for a Court with one or two Obama cronies on the bench.

OneVision on November 4, 2008 at 5:48 PM

Will the “fairness” doctrine also cover NPR?

Old eagle on November 4, 2008 at 5:48 PM

Who judges “fairness”? The ONE who outspent his opponent 7 to 1? Or the One who wouldn’t even “spread the wealth” to members of his own party? Neither sound very fair…

I might support it if they change the name to the “UNfairness Doctrine”…

nickb on November 4, 2008 at 5:53 PM

These tests often require follow-up consultations. We have to be thorough.

MadisonConservative on November 4, 2008 at 5:34 PM

You never disappoint.

On that note, I think it’s time for happy hours to begin.

Esthier on November 4, 2008 at 5:58 PM

You never disappoint.

On that note, I think it’s time for happy hours to begin.

Esthier on November 4, 2008 at 5:58 PM

Broke out the first bottle two minutes ago.

Don’t let those Russians get too rough with you.

MadisonConservative on November 4, 2008 at 6:00 PM

Don’t let those Russians get too rough with you.

MadisonConservative on November 4, 2008 at 6:00 PM

Depends on how tonight goes. I might want them to.

Esthier on November 4, 2008 at 6:01 PM

Depends on how tonight goes. I might want them to.

Esthier on November 4, 2008 at 6:01 PM

Ah, you’re one of those.

MadisonConservative on November 4, 2008 at 6:10 PM

People have taken more than a dozen rounds and lived. Center mass is in order to put a man down, not necessarily to kill them. To do that, you aim for the head.

MadisonConservative on November 4, 2008 at 4:47 PM

*
Not always. Monica Lewinsky took loads to the face and stood right up.

marklmail on November 4, 2008 at 6:56 PM

This idiot is completely off the hinges. I do not have words to express my disgust and contempt for this guy,

Air America failed (twice) because it was nothing but an empty, hate filled pile of steaming liberal dung. Rush, Neil and Sean are thriving because they have substance.

stm58 on November 4, 2008 at 6:57 PM

Frau Schumer will be allowed to suck the cartridges from my M1 Garand from the business end. That seems “fair and balanced” to me. Sleazy little worm makes me want to chunder in my cheerios.

GlocknRoll on November 4, 2008 at 9:12 PM

Ah, you’re one of those.

MadisonConservative on November 4, 2008 at 6:10 PM

Sometimes, specifically tonight. We’re all going to be abused tonight. Might as well enjoy it.

Time for the White Russians.

Esthier on November 4, 2008 at 9:26 PM

This could lead to the same kind of “black helicopter” paranoia on the right that all those ridiculous ATF crackdowns in the first years of the Clinton administration caused.

Stupid stupid stupid to cut off people’s only outlet to let off steam.

Silver lining – maybe the right will finally be forced off the radio and onto the internet.

vimrich on November 4, 2008 at 9:35 PM

so now conservative political speach is labled pornography? Yet teaching 5th. graders about sally has two mommys is perfectly ok??? Washington,Jefferson and Adams must be spinning in thir graves like drillbits…

Paco on November 4, 2008 at 10:40 PM

The more I think about this the more I know they cant get the demons back in the box. The fairness doctrine is dead and will stay dead

grapeknutz on November 5, 2008 at 7:53 AM

Schumer: typical fascist. Only the leftest government knows best. This is the danger we have to fight now – runaway leftist fascism. First the Fairness doctrine, then the Second Amendment, then what?

rspock on November 5, 2008 at 12:29 PM

Democrats didn’t get the power base they were hoping for last night, so the (Un)Fairness Doctrine returns to the backburner where it belongs for now.

pilamaye on November 5, 2008 at 2:22 PM

Will MSNBC be regulated too?

HondaV65 on November 5, 2008 at 4:43 PM

Thanks for the ammo, Chuck!

Grafted on November 5, 2008 at 9:56 PM

On second thought, let ‘em put a lib against a conservative host. The lib will look like an even bigger fool next to truth and reason.

Grafted on November 5, 2008 at 9:57 PM

It is only a matter of time before they do it.

KBird on November 5, 2008 at 10:03 PM

It is only a matter of time before they do it.

They’ll never be able to get it done. They will however use it successfully as a distraction it we let them.
Schumer is a tool, and frankly I think he just likes to stir the pot.

rollthedice on November 6, 2008 at 8:44 AM

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