“This 26 percent number seems well-reasoned and consistent with what I have found when doing campaign activities in the community (maybe just a touch on the low side for rural Wisconsin). My impression is that no amount of AM radio, FOX News, screaming, teabagging, billboarding, Vapo-Rub induced tears, and misspelled posters by the extreme right will increase that 26 percent number. It takes a lifetime to get somebody that screwed up, and the right has scraped up every available soul - which equals 26 percent.
That number is also generally consistent with President Bush's approval rating as he crashed his flaming Presidency into my retirement accounts. See e.g. http://www.hist.umn.edu/~ruggles/Approval.htm Only somebody in the unshakable 26 percent group could possibly be so painfully ignorant and brainwashed not to see what had happened.
With that intractable 26% base ready to destroy the traditional Republican Party at every turn (and with plenty of time and money to do it), it only matters that Democratic candidates must take care to not let their vote-winning popularity drop to about one half of 74 percent, which is 37 percent. At 37% Democrats might get picked off by the Republican candidates. Anything higher than 37 percent popularity for a Democrat on voting day means that the 26-percent crowd will be winless, and they will have dragged the Republican candidate down.”
“While I agree with your facts about the bad footage, you are wrong on the law. The complaint is frivolous because the FCC does not regulate broadcast news content outside of political campaigns, there is no crime or a catastrophe, and no actual general harm to the public, and Fox News does not "broadcast." Regulations such as 47 C.F.R. § 73.1217 mean what they say. They say that this complaint is a non-starter.
We all should all take care not to burden government agencies with frivolous work. Let them use their precious resources where they can have an actual effect.
You have improperly conflated political action with regulatory action. What is needed to meet your goal is legislation to bring cable under the scope of FCC broadcast regulations. Of course, there is no chance whatsoever that the industry would let that pass. Would we want it? For example, I'd miss all of the non-broadcast programing on HBO that would be impossible under broadcast regulations.”
bossjimgettys on Nov 20, 2009 at 16:29:41
“There is nothing frivolous about using spectrum space allocated by the government to deceive, incite and mislead the public, sir. And the bureaucrats at the FCC have plenty of time on their hands. They should be held accountable for their jobs, their salaries are paid by my taxes.”
SusieQQ on Nov 19, 2009 at 13:55:03
“Yep, I agree. Let's not overburden this agency so they can continue to monitor Howard Stern and wardrobe malfunctions.”
ephoenix5 on Nov 19, 2009 at 13:06:17
“I agree with that. Originally I thought it was a good idea, but then I read the law on that and it refers to "a crimes or catastrophe" -- of which that report is neither. The report is dishonest and shows why people laugh uncontrollably when the they hear the words "Fox" and "News" together, but this instance is not a violation of the law.”