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GA Sen. David Shafer Signs onto First Amendment Pledge

Washington D.C.—The American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) welcomes Georgia State Senator David Shafer (District 48) as the newest legislator to sign onto its Freedom to Listen Pledge. The pledge is designed to allow lawmakers to take a clear stand in favor of the First Amendment.

In fact, Americans’ freedom of speech is under assault like never before and these attacks are distinctly one sided. Major American media has always been dominated by liberal and left-leaning programming, leaving conservatives with talk radio as their only dominant outlet. One outlet too many apparently as powerful liberals, from former President Clinton to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have been speaking publicly of using government power to control talk radio. Their intent is clear, to silence opposing voices under the guise of “localism” and “diversity.”

The American Civil Rights Union has responded to this threat by creating the Freedom to Listen Pledge on its special Web site. This site is designed as a means for talk radio hosts and their supporters to communicate about the pledge and to urge their local, state and federal representatives to sign on.

“We should never take our freedoms for granted. To keep them, we must be prepared to fight for them,” said Georgia Senator David Shafer. “That is why I signed the American Civil Rights Union's Freedom To Listen Pledge. I am committed to the defense of free speech over the broadcast airwaves and internet.”

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Blackburn: Net neutrality is 'fairness doctrine for the Internet'

Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) spoke against net neutrality regulations today at an event put on by the Safe Internet Alliance. Representing the songwriters, singers, actors, producers and other entertainers in Memphis and Nashville, she said the creative community does not want the federal government to interfere with how they are able to get content to consumers via the Internet.

"Net neutrality, as I see it, is the fairness doctrine for the Internet," she said. The creators "fully understand what the fairness doctrine would be when it applies to TV or radio. What they do not want is the federal government policing how they deploy their content over the Internet and they want the ISPs to manage their networks and deploy the content however they have agreed on with ISP. They do not want a czar of the Internet to determine when they can deploy their creativity over the Internet. "They do not want a czar to determine what speeds will be available....We are watching the FCC very closely as it relates to that issue."

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Talk radio steps up its FCC attack.

Other than Howard Stern and his infamous FCC battles, most other broadcasters avoid poking the agency that regulates the industry. But in recent days conservative talk radio has gone after Commission chairman Julius Genachowski for appointing Mark Lloyd as the FCC's chief diversity officer.

As Inside Radio first reported last week, Lloyd's writings while working for the left-leaning Center for American Progress were critical of consolidation, and suggested stations with a one-side approach pay a fee to support public broadcasting.

Premiere Radio Networks host Rush Limbaugh believes the Obama administration will use the open localism proceeding as an "end run" to a "too obvious" attempt to bring back the Fairness Doctrine. "The way they're going to try to get rid of conservative talk radio is with localism, and what they want is to divest ownership and have more minorities own radio stations," Limbaugh tells listeners.

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Ending Electronic Slavery?

The Post Chronicle website on 12 June, 2009, ran an article calling new censorship a matter of "electronic emancipation." The first paragraph says: "Back on 1865, two years and some change after Abe Lincoln’s Emancipation, the slaves in Texas finally got the memo that chattel slavery had been abolished. Better late than never I suppose. However, if the tight wing talking heads had their way, black folks would still be picking cotton in 2009." This screed ends with this comment: "the Fairness Doctrine (or similar legislation) ... will allow folks like me to verbally pimp slap the smirk off of Bill O'Reilly's face every time he disses Hip Hop, this has not been a major topic in the African American community."

Talk like this appears on radio stations in most major cities. However, not many listeners bother to hear it. That is this writer’s problem; that few people are buying what he is selling. Therefore, he thinks the federal government should force people to listen to this. Ain’t gonna happen.

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Dick Morris and Eileen McGann Write About

On May 25, Dick Morris and Eileen McGann wrote a blog post discussing how the attacks on Arbitron's new ratings system by President Obama and acting FCC Chairman Copps is an effort to stifle talk radio.

Said Morris:

The opening barrage in Obama’s efforts to reign in talk radio was fired by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this week when its acting Chairman Michael J. Copps announced an investigation of Arbitron’s radio measuring technology called the Portable People Meter. (Not to be confused with the Purple People Eater celebrated in song in the 1950s).
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