In Milwaukee five right-wing talkers on two stations directly supported Republican candidates 15 hours a day, five days a week. But these are public airwaves, not Republican airwaves, so the Media Action Center filed a legal challenge with the FCC to deny WISN and WTMJ their licenses.
The FCC has on the table a policy that would resurrect broad censorship rules -- very similar to those that were revoked in 1987 because of their chilling effect on free speech and the television press.
I believe I have found the legal means to put Talk Radio on trial at the FCC -- and perhaps eventually at the Supreme Court. The Wisconsin recall of Governor Scott Walker presented a golden opportunity.
This week we discuss the Rush Limbaugh advertiser boycott; verbal rape; PSAs on the Limbaugh flagship station; Maher's defense of Limbaugh; comedians and commentators; the Fairness Doctrine; good Rush versus bad Rush, and other topics.
To the uninitiated, bringing Fairness to the public airwaves -- radio and TV -- is a no-brainer. But to Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, and Rush Limbaugh, bringing back the "Fairness Doctrine" could be a call to arms.
Orson Wells was censured for scaring millions people. But talk jocks tell tales of scare everyday as a matter of journalistic prerogative, and the FCC has little influence on the content of broadcasts.
I recently made note of the fact that Fox News contributor Bill Kristol "set up Valerie Jarrett as the right's next target of insane hounding." And lo, as predicted, here are your friends at World Net Daily leading the way.