Video: Megyn Kelly punks Bill Press on Fairness Doctrine

posted at 2:35 pm on February 16, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

We got a lot of e-mail about the confrontation between Megyn Kelly and longtime libtalker Bill Press over the Fairness Doctrine, and for good reason. Watch as Bill Press tried to explain Air America’s failure as “running out of money” but avoids Kelly’s conclusion that failing to get listeners was the cause of the cash drought:

“Where they want it, [liberal radio] succeeds, and where they don’t, it doesn’t.” That seems clear enough to everyone except Press, who responds by naming a list of markets where people don’t support libtalkers. He complains twice about the death of libtalking Obama 1260 in DC without mentioning the fact that its ratings were so low it took a microscope to find its listeners. In fact, Obama 1260 carried the entire list of libtalkers Press names as examples of brilliant voices silenced by an evil conspiracy of conservative radio station owners, and the station owner dumped the format because he couldn’t sell their air time to advertisers.

Second biggest laugh: Press won’t apply the Fairness Doctrine to NPR. He wants government dictating content to commercial radio stations, but not to government-subsidized radio stations. Huh?

Biggest laugh: Press says he doesn’t want the Fairness Doctrine, but the “Fair and Balanced Doctrine”. That’s why libtalker marketing needs government intervention to survive. I’ll stick with the free market, thank you.


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I’ll admit MSNBC is liberal if you people will admit Fox is conservative……….didn’t think so.

athensboy on February 16, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Dumb. You won’t tell the truth unless you think someone else is as well? And Fox is moderate. I’m conservative. That’s the truth, and I don’t care whether you tell the truth or not. You’re a lib. You’re glib. You’re a boy. Don’t like you. Simple as that.

JiangxiDad on February 16, 2009 at 3:43 PM

Liberals do not have time for radio…they need lots of pictures with someone to explain it to them…

Passionate-Conservative on February 16, 2009 at 3:44 PM

It is pointless to debate a liberal with the free market. It’s like trying to get a child to eat vegetables. Isn’t it funny that they can’t even use their own label when they sell it, progressive is different from liberal?

No one wants to listen to some crying liberal preach about abortion, the need for more government, conservatives suck, global warming, less religion, amnesty and terrorism “isn’t all that bad now”.

Liberal radio fails where common sense still has some kind of grip.

jMoney on February 16, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Bill- Is NPR not licensed? Does NPR not utilize the public airwaves? So what is the basis for your “exception”?
What a tool.

LASue on February 16, 2009 at 3:45 PM

This stuff freaks me out. If you’re Obama station sucks, it sucks. It’s called survival of the fittest.

Yoni on February 16, 2009 at 3:45 PM

It was as if someone was arguing that 2 + 2 = 7.

Wait. You mean…?!!!

- Actually, in liberal logic, 2+2 equals anything you want it to. The answer just has to support the narrative du jour.

- The airwaves are free. Space is available. There are few to no successful lib radio talk shows. Got to be Karl Rove and a sinister conservative cabal operating in stealth mode – really stealthy, as in, exist only in leftist imagination.

- Megyn for President, although she’s probably too smart to want the job.

OzzieMan on February 16, 2009 at 3:46 PM

Man, do these people need to get over themselves.

rockmom on February 16, 2009 at 3:47 PM

Progressive (lib) radio will never work because talk radio forces you to think about issues, something libs/dems are either too lazy, too stupid or unable to do.

OmahaConservative on February 16, 2009 at 3:49 PM

I love Megyn. Press is a dufus….and has no answers. Can FOX get her a show of her own?? Maybe drop Sheppy. Imagine the line up from Beck through Greta each night.

davek70 on February 16, 2009 at 3:51 PM

When are they going to give Megyn her own show? She’d make a great replacement for BOR who seems to be coming off the rails more and more everyday.

Knucklehead on February 16, 2009 at 2:51 PM

Hannity to 8:00, Beck to 9:00 and Megyn gets 5:00. BOR can go to wherever and wallow in sub 1.0 ratings.

cadams on February 16, 2009 at 3:52 PM

But Megan, look at Chicago, Seattle, Portland, Liberal talk radio works great in these cities.

Doh!! Nooo, wonder why?? Not like these are the most Liberal places in the whole Country or anything. Kinda like saying Country Western Music is really popular in Nashville!

Susanboo on February 16, 2009 at 3:52 PM

Progressive (lib) radio will never work because talk radio forces you to think about issues, something libs/dems are either too lazy, too stupid or unable to do.

OmahaConservative on February 16, 2009 at 3:49 PM

Honestly, it doesn’t work because they own TV. So I went back to radio. If they take radio, I’ll go back to newspapers or smoke signals. But I’ll take TV if they want radio. Don’t care too much anymore.

JiangxiDad on February 16, 2009 at 3:52 PM

Conservatives won’t stop them. The Marxists constantly act like, “What are you going to do about it, huh, punk?” And we complain…and they get their way.

Only Liberals who bite their lip and oppose it because of Free Speech represent any real opposition to censorship. But I don’t know how many ‘moderate’ Liberals there are in the MSM and Congress?

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 16, 2009 at 3:53 PM

It’s about being “Fair”??? What a cogent and compelling argument. I’m going to throw away all of my long-held, free market ideals because the commercial marketplace isn’t “fair” to Bill Presser and his ilk! /sarc

MCPO Airdale on February 16, 2009 at 3:54 PM

The Fairness Doctrine will never take place but it sure is fun watching conservative’s heads explode when it is brought up.

Yet another reason why I will miss Bush: The chance to yell “GULAG!” and watch the libs scatter for their sewer hideouts, frothing and screaming.

Bishop on February 16, 2009 at 3:56 PM

I love Megyn. Press is a dufus….and has no answers. Can FOX get her a show of her own?? Maybe drop Sheppy. Imagine the line up from Beck through Greta each night.

davek70 on February 16, 2009 at 3:51 PM

Megyn is too smart/sharp to be doing fluff stuff like Shep does reading a teleprompter. She needs her own hard-hitting show where she can punk all over libtards every night. I would love to see her take on Eleanor Clift or the crone with the evil-eye, Helen Thomas.

OmahaConservative on February 16, 2009 at 3:56 PM

Alinsky.

Don’t beat the opposition. Destroy it.

Kinda like Stalin did it, you know.

notagool on February 16, 2009 at 3:57 PM

If your argument can not stand up to scrutiny (i.e., the light of day) and your ideas are not acceptable to the majority of radio listeners, then your programming will fail. There is also the little matter of personality. Condescending attitude and monotone delivery will sink a radio show every time. The Fairness Doctrine is a Crybaby reaction to the success of Conservative Talk Radio.

kingsjester on February 16, 2009 at 3:58 PM

Good work, Megyn.
Here Bill, you knave, this is how its supposed to work: The license may be free but starting up and running a station, acquiring talent and producing content all cost money. The money comes from advertisers who won’t advertise unless people listen. People wouldn’t listen to Al Franken and it doesn’t seem like they are listening to Randi Rhodes. That’s why Air America went out of business, Bill.
Bill, you mentioned Randi Rhodes – well, when you click on “www.therandirhodesshow.com at NovaRadio the browser sends back a message that reads “Sorry, we couldn’t find http://www.therandirhodesshow.com“.
Bill, have you tried listening to Progressive radio? Its boring and uninformative.

bcorig on February 16, 2009 at 3:59 PM

It’s not going to work anyway. Talk radio isn’t appealing to the naive, ADD influenced liberals.

GabrielDD on February 16, 2009 at 3:59 PM

OMG… These people actually believe what they are SAYING.. ARAGHHHHHHHHHHHHH

reshas1 on February 16, 2009 at 4:02 PM

Liberal democrats are always ready to protect free speech until you say something they don’t like…

Explaining economics to a liberal is pointless. They base their decisions on emotion rather than reason…

Let them destroy free radio, free radio sux anyway. There are way too many commercials. All successful DJ’s will move to Satellite and then they can’t touch them…

Constitution1st on February 16, 2009 at 4:02 PM

I work for the local college radio station here in Marquette, and if it ever passes, I will raise hell over the airwaves. We are non-commercial, which means I can not be political nor have a call to action (opinion on a product or concept). I will shout to the mountain tops about free speech, and gladly fight the FCC.

theboss on February 16, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Air America has even failed here in Ca. at least in the Sacramento region, don’t know about the Bay area or LA.

goat on February 16, 2009 at 4:05 PM

God I miss FOX News, here in Europe all we get is CNN and BBC, all lib crap.

I can’t wait to get home. I can listen to some talk shows via live stream, but many will not let the stream come through due to licensing restrictions.

pabo on February 16, 2009 at 4:07 PM

I listen to Bill Bennett from 5-8, Laura Ingraham from 8-11, Rush from 11-2, and either Glenn Beck or Sean Hannity from 2-5.

LEAVE my LINEUP alone!

OmahaConservative on February 16, 2009 at 4:10 PM

Instead of the Fairness Doctrine, just name it the Unemployed Liberal Talk Show Host Stimulus Bill. Rush Limbaugh and Fox News are actually balanced, which is the problem for liberal democrats. Why can’t “progressive” radio stations be balanced? Thanks to outlets such as Rush and Hotair.com, conservatives know more about liberal ideology and Democrat policies than an overwhelming percentage of Liberal Democrats.

mike_NC9 on February 16, 2009 at 4:13 PM

I wish she emphasized that NPR is in many markets, and while it is not as insane as Air America it is very skewed to the left.

To top it off, I’m betting this will not apply to the public airwaves of television. Why can’t we get more “fair and balanced” news coverage on non-cable TV? It is because it skews left and so liberals don’t see any problem with that.

GardenGnome on February 16, 2009 at 4:13 PM

I believe NBC, CBS, FOX (the entertainment branch) and ABC utilize the public airwaves. I wish she’d have asked him about them. If Press believes there’s a market for liberal talk radio throughout the country, does he not believe there’s also an audience for conservative-themed entertainment and editorial television across the country? Because, with the exception of the occasional John Stossel one-hour special or his brief “Give Me A Break” segments on 20/20, we sure as hell aren’t getting any of it.

Blacklake on February 16, 2009 at 4:17 PM

I want a fair and balanced White House press corps!!!!
Who should balance out Helen Thomas? Ann Coulter?

terryannonline on February 16, 2009 at 4:17 PM

Bill Press is arguing that the market as a whole will be made fair if every individual station is forced to reflect an equal balance of opinion. This is a logical fallacy, specifically the “fallacy of division.” This happens when you take a quality that belongs to the whole and try to divide it into the parts. In this case, the quality of the whole market (“fairness”) is being falsely attributed to eachradio station. Or at least, that’s what they’re trying to do. That argument rests on a fallacy.

Also, if the market doesn’t support the absolute equal diversity of opinion, it hardly means that any individual station is required to make up the balance.

Finally, if another media outlet wants to come into the local market and set up a radio station, nothing’s stopping them. If a media market wants to promote a progressive station, and never gets the opportunity, that would be on the outskirts of a valid argument. But if the market actually has a progressive station and then rejects it, the argument is lost.

kcmulville on February 16, 2009 at 4:18 PM

Surpression of free speech.

I can’t believe that it won’t be shot down by the supremes.

stenwin77 on February 16, 2009 at 4:22 PM

Instead of the Fairness Doctrine, just name it the Unemployed Liberal Talk Show Host Stimulus Bill…
mike_NC9 on February 16, 2009 at 4:13 PM

But it’s not. If forced to air unlistened-to liberal talk shows to “balance” the popular conservative ones, the stations will be unable to sell ad time for those programs. That loss of revenue will force one (or both) of two outcomes: A format change away from political talk radio altogether, or sufficient loss of revenue that the stations are driven completely out of business.

The agenda here isn’t to get liberal programming on the air. The objective is to get conservative programming off the air. And the tactic–destroying undesirable enterprises via the application of onerous state regulations–is textbook fascistic.

Blacklake on February 16, 2009 at 4:23 PM

I think Air America lasted about a month here in liberal leaning West Palm Beach. Now only Randi Rhodes is on the air and she’s sandwiched between Rush and Hannity. If liberal talk radio can’t survive in the land of the hanging chad, it’s just not meant to be. Besides, why would liberals need to listen to talk radio when they can get their views confirmed ad naseum on all three networks and most of the cable news shows? And as an added bonus they get those cool graphs showing how mean Republicans are and that great loop footage of the Obamas descending the stairs of Air Force One.

Redneck Woman on February 16, 2009 at 4:24 PM

Thank you Megyn. You continue to shine the light on insipid liberal “thinking.” If Press can argue that it is the “public airways” and that requires a balance of what is broadcast, why can’t we argue that the “public roadways” require a balance of what newspapers are transported, or that the “cable frequencies” require balance on the networks? Never mind. I know the answer

Spike72AFA on February 16, 2009 at 4:26 PM

Like Gore said, “The Debate is OVER
The conservatives have am talk radio and Fair & Balanced Fox News.
-vs-
The Liberal: ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, NPR, NYT, LAT, Wash Post, San Cron, Chi Trib, AJC, etc…, the entertainment industry, labor unions, and teacher Unions.

Ever feel like The Little Train That Could?

kregg on February 16, 2009 at 4:27 PM

If liberal radio couldn’t succeed while Bush was president, it will never succeed.

Chuck Schick on February 16, 2009 at 4:27 PM

Bill- Is NPR not licensed? Does NPR not utilize the public airwaves? So what is the basis for your “exception”?
What a tool stool.

LASue on February 16, 2009 at 3:45 PM

There,fixed that for you.

TBinSTL on February 16, 2009 at 4:29 PM

What about Public Broadcasting? What a sham… Welcome to the USSA comrades!

CynicalOptimist on February 16, 2009 at 4:31 PM

A child with white pubic hair…

So tired of these fools of all ages…tired of all the talking.

ClassicCon on February 16, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Conservatives believe in equal opportunity for all.

Liberals believe in equal results for all.
(affirmative action, welfare, fairness doctorine, … the list goes on and on ….)

JRDFLA on February 16, 2009 at 4:31 PM

It doesn’t matter what Megyn Kelly says, she is the most beautiful woman in the news media currently and as far back as I can remember, totally gorgeous. AND, she is no pushover as well as highly intelligent. Can I get a clone of her somewhere?

workingforpigs on February 16, 2009 at 4:32 PM

To top it off, I’m betting this will not apply to the public airwaves of television. Why can’t we get more “fair and balanced” news coverage on non-cable TV?…
GardenGnome on February 16, 2009 at 4:13 PM

Don’t forget entertainment. Think of all the left-skewed entertainment offerings: “Cold Case” (may the most inexplicably poltical entertainment show on television) skews hard left on every issue from gun control to abortion. “House,” while not consistently political, repeatedly uses anti-gun themes and occasionally quips against Republicans exclusively. “ER” consistently presents leftist messages. Needless to say, “30 Rock” consistently offers hard-left perspectives. The new “Lie to Me” show on Fox is consistently leftist in its themes.

Many entertainment shows successfully steer clear of political biases altogether, but those that don’t either keep the political sympathies of their characters and situations nebulous (as with “24″ or “The Unit”), or blatantly paint Democrats and/or liberals as good and Republicans and/or conservatives as evil. And I can’t think of a single exception.

Blacklake on February 16, 2009 at 4:32 PM

On Portland. We have at least 4 conservative talk stations, and only 1 liberal talk station that I know of. I wouldn’t really classify that as a “success”, unless you define success as exists.

unrealcitizen on February 16, 2009 at 4:33 PM

They never want conservatives on TV, only radio. That’s not diversity.

I hate Bill.

Mojave Mark on February 16, 2009 at 4:34 PM

Press is a tool. All these lib arguments about “fairness” for so-called public interests on talk radio is so silly, it’s almost laughable. Namely, if they are going to pursue this in the name of local public interest, and the local public chooses to listen to conservative talk radio….uh, what’s the problem, Press?? If the demand wasn’t there, conservative talk radio would not survive. With millions and millions of nationwide listeners, I do believe public interest *is* being served.

My belief is that this may crop up in a very serious attempt once Odumbo gets a few more SCOTUS appointments under his belt. Once the libs outweigh any conservative left, the Supreme Court will give the left the thumbs up with enacting this.

floradora on February 16, 2009 at 4:37 PM

Next time Megyn, use a picture book.

christene on February 16, 2009 at 4:37 PM

If “fairness” is good for the “public” airwaves, then it should also be good for the “public” universities.

CJ on February 16, 2009 at 4:37 PM

If I want the liberal point of view, I can:

*Read a newspaper
*Watch a Hollywood film
*Go to a bookstore
*Surf the web
*Talk to co-workers
*(and yes) Listen to the radio

I don’t need the government forcing its ‘currently approved message for the masses’ on the airwaves.

BayCon on February 16, 2009 at 4:37 PM

They won’t go after TV or the net. The loophole is that the doctrine only applies to the radio frequency spectrum, or “airwaves”. Since the internet and cable TV don’t use the RF spectrum, the fairness doctrine won’t apply to them. How convenient, huh?

RMCS_USN on February 16, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Ahhh…Megyn Kelly. Who needs Billy O’Reilly? Go Megyn, Megyn is the true definition of “FOX” and is definitly fair and balanced in all the right places.

IMKAUS2 on February 16, 2009 at 4:42 PM

The idea that radio stations are sitting on a gold mine–Lib talk radio–and are willing to walk away from a fortune in ad revenue is priceless. Bill Press and his Lib friends live in a fantasy world.

Libs: No one wants to listen to you. That’s right, we don’t like you or your stupid ideas. You cannot legislate popularity for an inferior product. You Libs should want to hide progressive talk radio and stick to what you do best: SNL-style skits, cartoon news, and fat chick talk shows. (Already your ability to produce a good movie has faded.)

EMD on February 16, 2009 at 4:43 PM

They won’t go after TV or the net. The loophole is that the doctrine only applies to the radio frequency spectrum, or “airwaves”. Since the internet and cable TV don’t use the RF spectrum, the fairness doctrine won’t apply to them. How convenient, huh?

RMCS_USN on February 16, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Sorry, but ABC, NBC, CBS, and PBS are all on public airwaves, too. TV airwaves just require a different reciever than radio airwaves.

RickZ on February 16, 2009 at 4:44 PM

Liberal radio fails so bad because people don’t want to hear how much their country sucks on a daily basis.
It’s too unpatriotic. It’s that simple.

All we hear is that our soldiers are criminals, torturers, and rapists.
Our founding fathers were slave owning scum of the earth etc.
It’s a daily bash america fest.

roninacreage on February 16, 2009 at 4:45 PM

You cannot legislate popularity for an inferior product.

EMD on February 16, 2009 at 4:43 PM

Under Obama’s socialist agenda, the Government most certainly can legislate popularity for an inferior product. Just look at the government jobs stimulous in the Porkulus Bill.

RickZ on February 16, 2009 at 4:46 PM

OK, let’s do a trade with the progressives. We’ll give you talk radio and FOX and we get NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN (no, we won’t take MSNBC in any form) WAPO, NYT, LAT, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and the rest of the lefty dailies, Hollywood and Academia. That’s FAIR.

PC14 on February 16, 2009 at 4:48 PM

I loved it

Aggie95 on February 16, 2009 at 4:49 PM

athensboy on February 16, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Like we really need a donkey to tell us that MSNBC is liberal…. thank you so much for your incite

clinker46 on February 16, 2009 at 4:52 PM

Megyn needs to make a guest appearance on The View and bring along her can of whoopiass.

PC14 on February 16, 2009 at 4:53 PM

The complaint about a lack of progressive talk radio in DC is crap. Pacifica has had a non-commercial affiliate, WPFW, in this area for years. The public ownership of the airwaves requires any manner of public service programming, not necessarily equal-time political programming. Bill Press makes an erroneous assumption, and uses successful markets for progressive radio as a pretext for it working anywhere else. You think he goes on the stump for the Fairness Doctrine in Seattle? Of course not, he doesn’t have to.

That’s what makes the call for “fairness” so misleading. It’s not “fair” if the public has to be forced to listen to it against their will. And their will is made known through ratings and station revenue. The bulk of mainstream media bias toward liberal views and candidates is enough to prove, that the so-called monopolizers of commercial radio will propagate whatever point of view rakes in the money.

manwithblackhat on February 16, 2009 at 4:54 PM

RickZ on February 16, 2009 at 4:44 PM

OK, I misspoke. They’ll wait until the transition to digital TV so that there’s a firm loophole.

I liked how Press propped up Randi Rhodes. Wasn’t she the same person that fell while walking her dog in NYC, then accused a conservative passerby of pushing her down? Also, there is no documentation of Air America failing because of bad business decisions, unless you count putting liberal talk show hosts on their network a bad business decision.

RMCS_USN on February 16, 2009 at 4:54 PM

I’ll admit MSNBC is liberal if you people will admit Fox is conservative……….didn’t think so.

athensboy on February 16, 2009 at 3:25 PM

What do you mean “don’t think so”? I fully admit that Fox News has a conservative slant. Duh? It’s quite obvious. They don’t have on O’Reilly, Beck, and Hannity for nothing. What bothers me more is the news organizations that claim they are not bias? O’Reilly, Beck, and Hannity fully admit they are biased. But when are Brian Williams, Katie Couric, Meredith Vierera (who protested against the Iraq War), Ann Curry, Matt Lauer, Larry King, The New York & LA Times, and Newsweek reporters going to admit they biased? That is all I want is for them to let me know where they are coming from. If you want to slant the news in a liberal direction. Fine. Go ahead. But don’t patronize me by saying you are not slanting the news when you clearly are!!!

terryannonline on February 16, 2009 at 3:34 PM

Fox or MSNBC. Which one has better ratings? End of story.

ddrintn on February 16, 2009 at 4:58 PM

Megyn Kelly destroyed Donahue-lite.

I love how Press can’t put a station losing money and losing listeners as a competitive failure.

bombos on February 16, 2009 at 4:59 PM

OK, let’s do a trade with the progressives. We’ll give you talk radio and FOX and we get NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN (no, we won’t take MSNBC in any form) WAPO, NYT, LAT, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and the rest of the lefty dailies, Hollywood and Academia. That’s FAIR.

PC14 on February 16, 2009 at 4:48 PM

LOL…yeah, they whine because there’s one medium they don’t dominate. Totalitarians.

ddrintn on February 16, 2009 at 4:59 PM

The agenda here isn’t to get liberal programming on the air. The objective is to get conservative programming off the air. And the tactic–destroying undesirable enterprises via the application of onerous state regulations–is textbook fascistic.

Blacklake on February 16, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Absolutely right, Blacklake! If the Dems get their way on this the result won’t be Air America on radio….it’ll be nothin’ but music, weather and traffic.
I thought Megyn did great with the time available and the limited discussion range of Bill Press, but when do we talk about defining “fairness” and “balanced” and “public interest”? Who gets to decide one program is balanced and another is not? Some bureaucrat at the FCC? And does (s)he do it by counting words, or ideas, or by emotional overtones…or what?
Add this move to the political and policy stealth of the Stimulus package, and to moving control of the Census to the White House, federal dollars for ACORN, etc. and it makes one wonder why the President needs to visit Chavez. He’s obviously got the techniques down already.

RClark on February 16, 2009 at 5:00 PM

roninacreage on February 16, 2009 at 4:45 PM

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You forgot the sacrament of Abortion… How could a talk show host defend that disgusting far left rite with out coming off as a ghoul? Try to imagine an anti-Limbaugh type monologue about late term abortion and the absolute necessity of allowing 14 year olds unquestioned access to abortion.
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We may have just become a socialist county, but I don’t think that even now talk radio is a place where the left’s ideas could survive in the light of constant public scrutiny.

RalphyBoy on February 16, 2009 at 5:06 PM

That Putz named Randi Rhodes as a success? Didnt she have a major time slot on the failed Air America?..wish Megyn shot that back.

malkinmania on February 16, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Love the idea PC14 but, I don’t think the Nags and Hags on the View could handle another outspoken, convicted, intelligent, conservative and beautiful blonde on the set.

Not without heavily pre-medicating on benzodizaepenes to inoculate themselves from terminal PMS before airing.

After Ann Coulter’s last appearance, I heard that Joy Behar OD’d on Ben and Jerry’s and had to be rushed to a Barbara Streisand Retirement Concert.

harry flashman on February 16, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Owned! like most lefties… urmm, “progressives”, they can’t get their ideas and opinions accepted in the free market, so they lie, and they eliminate the competition, kinda like Obie.

Mumakata on February 16, 2009 at 5:12 PM

I remember Bill Press when he ran for office in Kalifornia and no one bought his idiocy then, Now he is Kool_Aid wacko and even worst! What a maroon!!!!

grapeknutz on February 16, 2009 at 5:16 PM

What a disingenous jerk. He says don’t tell him there is no market for “progressive” radio yet complains when the market rejects it.

aikidoka on February 16, 2009 at 5:19 PM

What a disingenous jerk. He says don’t tell him there is no market for “progressive” radio yet complains when the market rejects it.

aikidoka on February 16, 2009 at 5:19 PM

Well, there’s an audience, but an audience of about 2,000 won’t help meet operating expenses.

ddrintn on February 16, 2009 at 5:22 PM

If liberal radio couldn’t succeed while Bush was president, it will never succeed.

Chuck Schick on February 16, 2009 at 4:27 PM

We have a winner…even Nixon wasn’t as hated as the evil Bush. Nor Bill Clinton.

Del Dolemonte on February 16, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Revenge is his “fairness” – ignore at your peril.

Entelechy on February 16, 2009 at 5:28 PM

The beautiful and the beast

Streecar on February 16, 2009 at 5:31 PM

I’m a college student and I don’t have any conservative professors, where is my fairness?

Furthermore, the Fairness Doctrine existed as a result of there not being any private property rights on the airwaves. There was the problem of signal jamming back and forth. It was anarchy as opposed to the free market.

Anyone who supports this is an enemy of freedom. It’s that black and white.

V15J on February 16, 2009 at 5:34 PM

Don’t forget….Radio Stations are Businesses……selling things to their customers.

So the Liberal Radio Employment Doctrine is going to mandate that they sell something that won’t be bought.

Genius

Dpet on February 16, 2009 at 5:43 PM

Press says he doesn’t want the Fairness Doctrine, but the “Fair and Balanced Doctrine”

So what would his plans be for NBC, CBS, ABC, etc?

GarandFan on February 16, 2009 at 5:47 PM

Bill Press is a lying pile of horse crap! Radio stations do not get their licenses for free!!!!!!!! They must pay the FCC a license fee every 3 years as well as apply for a license renewal every 3 years and be approved. They also must create public files to show that they have been living up to the local public interest. What a steaming pile of horse doodoo this weasle is! Air Obama died in D.C. because it had no, nada, niet, nil ratings. It couldn’t even score a decimal point.

flytier on February 16, 2009 at 5:48 PM

Oh thats right Air America’s Randi Rhodes was attacked by a Conservative mugger…oooops..she updated story, she slipped and fell while walking dog. What a piece of work.

malkinmania on February 16, 2009 at 5:51 PM

Liberal talk radio is nothing more than the same chattering buffoons Americans see if they can stomach the major TV networks, CNN, or MenanceNBC. I agree with all that state the message is nothing but vitriol and hate, with feeble attempts at “conservative bashing” humor intermixed.

The commercial success of any talk radio program hinges on how well the station (or program) can sell advertisements. Just as the sales department will cater to urban youth on a hip-hop station, rural youth on a country station, or middle aged yuppies on an easy listening station, ad revenue is high where the genre is popular. Liberals — in spite of their delusions — are not popular in this place I affectionately refer to “legitimate America”.

badcat on February 16, 2009 at 6:07 PM

With the fairness doctrine, in three years WLS, WOWO, WCFL, and others will begin playing rock and roll music again?

W-L-S Whoopee!

Pelayo on February 16, 2009 at 6:13 PM

This stuff freaks me out. If you’re Obama station sucks, it sucks. It’s called survival of the fittest.

Yoni on February 16, 2009 at 3:45 PM

Liberals can apply Darwin’s theories to everything but themselves. To them, survival of the fittest explains it, but doesn’t justify it. If the snail darter is on the brink of extinction, let’s keep some poor farmer from farming his property because they live in some pond on the edge of his back 40. If libtalk is facing extinction, let’s keep conservatives from using 50% of their airwaves because extinction is never a natural option for the weak. Where were they when the dinosaurs were going down the crapper?

College Prof on February 16, 2009 at 6:16 PM

Bill, listen closely. Do you hear that sound? Shhh… Listen closer. Yes, that’s right: That’s the sound of people laughing at you. At you.

Your smug, arrogant, “yeah-I-know-I’m-being-disingenuous-and-I-know-you-know-I-know-I’m-being-disingenuous” smirk can generate nothing but derision, contempt, and a dismissive roll of the eyes from anyone with even half-an-ounce of honesty.

You’re the definition of liberal, Bill: typical, predictable, and boring. How can I know this? Easy. Because when I play the movie in my head where the world is topsy-turvy and the vast majority of talk radio is “progressive,” and I imagine you being asked if all that “progressive” talk radio should have a “Fairness Doctrine” reigning it in and make government-induced room for conservative talk radio…

I see your head explode.

Dion on February 16, 2009 at 6:18 PM

It’s Fox, go figure on them wanting to be a right-wing mouthpiece. I heard this and it hardly was anything close to being a “punked” moment. She couldn’t accept whatever his answer about the airwaves, so she tried to cut him off. She’s just a bad imitation of O’Reilly in a different package.

How long until this lady asks for Fox viewers to spam a competitor ala O’Reilly?

sethstorm on February 16, 2009 at 6:22 PM

You notice how Bill Press hesitates slightly when he utters the word “progressive.” Why are liberals so ashamed of being called “liberal”?

AaronGuzman on February 16, 2009 at 6:27 PM

I think this is a great idea. Next time I’m in Atlanta, I’ll be able to complain that the local radio market isn’t carrying a Buccaneers game. Maybe I’ll get to sue someone.

VPJ on February 16, 2009 at 6:41 PM

I would love to have at least one liberal host here in my town just so I can call in to tell them how dumb they are. It would be like target practice…everyday.

blamegame on February 16, 2009 at 6:45 PM

This stuff freaks me out. If you’re Obama station sucks, it sucks. It’s called survival of the fittest.

Yoni on February 16, 2009 at 3:45 PM

Ahhh NOT in this bailout/survival of the weakest/whineyest society. Havent ya heard? there be CHANGE in the air!! Big props to Megyn, she is a real firecracker.

NY Conservative on February 16, 2009 at 6:46 PM

Bill Press is so clueless and blinded by liberalism that he was actually making Megyn Kelly’s point on letting the market choose. Liberalism truly is a mental disease.

adams6kids on February 16, 2009 at 6:48 PM

what’s next after the fairness doctrine? that bloke admitted at least a couple of times that the market works. there are some cities/areas where liberal radio survives because it is what the people want to listen to there. so what’s the problem?

Are we going to be forced to keep buying Ford and Chevy gas guzzlers inthe US when our market demands more fuel economy? Funny that is happening now. Everywhere i go i see more effecient vehicles that are not available in the US like the intercooled turbo Ford Ranger, or turbo-diesel Toyota small pickups and cars.

the gov’t shouldnt dictate what is good or fair for you, in any aspect of life. everytime it does this we end up with less than the best.

liberal radio will come back when it starts making more sense instead of spouting conspiracy theories, twisting news of what is happening over here (i am currently deployed), and blaming rich people for every poor man’s woes.

Conservatism will never die because there will always be more pride and a greater feeling of accomplishment when you keep persisting to do things yourself instead of finding excuses to give up.

El Guapo on February 16, 2009 at 6:48 PM

It don’t do to anger Woodrow F. Call, does it?

Archie Noble on February 16, 2009 at 6:56 PM

There is a simple reason why liberals cannot succeed in talk radio.

In television and print media there is a barrier between the presenter and the audience since they are a time-delayed medium. A person can say the most ridiculous and gratuitous assertion and be insulated from the immediate consequences. At worst there will be letters to the editor of a newspaper or television station days or even weeks later, and they have no obligation to acknowledge or publicize these rebuttals.

Since talk radio is a live medium that requires dialogue between the presenter and the audience, you must be able to immediately defend your position from any scrutiny. Say something stupid or wrong on the radio and seconds later there will be thousands of people calling to correct you. Since liberal ideology is riddled with logical fallacies, false assumptions and outright lies, an open and free discussion will easily discredit liberal ideals and spell the doom of any liberal talk radio show.

AaronGuzman on February 16, 2009 at 6:59 PM

Renae on February 16, 2009 at 3:17 PM

Renae, I was dead serious. Liberalism only works in the movies, on TV, or in the classroom.

LOL-Its hard to follow non-linear logic on the radio.

-Dave

Dave R. on February 16, 2009 at 7:00 PM

Don’t forget….Radio Stations are Businesses……selling things to their customers.
Dpet on February 16, 2009 at 5:43 PM

Actually the stations sell the listeners to the advertisers. The advertisers are the customers. The listeners are the product.

It sounds like a win win situation to me.

darwin-t on February 16, 2009 at 7:19 PM

I think every time I’ve heard him “debate” he never really gets anywhere. Too many socialists want to just hear themselves talk. Not be questioned. Yell at the other political side and just laugh as they never really have to answer. I’m so sick of all this constant spin. This “fairness” crap has got to go. We all know that if Bush tried to silence the liberal diseased that the MSM would scream bloody freakin’ murder. But nooo not now! Why does that not surprise me?

roopster217 on February 16, 2009 at 7:22 PM

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