Michelle Malkin Talks Truth on Race/FCC
On her own website on 8 May, Michelle Malkin ran an article entitled "FCC: Funding Chronyism of Color." She has a reputation of accurate research and pulling no punches in her conclusions. She makes two obvious points that other reporters have been afraid to make. 1) The just-announced Diversity Panel of the FCC is heavily biased toward both liberals and "persons of color." 2) There are hundreds of "urban" and Hispanic stations on which no conservative voices appear. The conclusion she reaches is that the push for diversity will apply only to conservative voices. It will not touch any liberal voices and the zone of protection will be largely drawn on racial lines.
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FCC Internal Documents Pried Out
A story from JudicialWatch.org on May 8 describes documents obtained from the FCC as a result of Freedom of Information case. One is an FCC proposal on "localism" to require every station broadcast three hours of "locally-produced programs" per week, and have "permanent advisory boards (including representatives of underserved community segments)." These boards would play a part in deciding which stations get, or get to keep, their licenses. Also, a memo drafted by a partner in a major law firm, circulated inside the FCC, referred to localism as "a stealth enactment" of the Fairness Doctrine. What the FCC is doing behind closed doors does not match the Administration’s public position that the Fairness Doctrine is dead, as required by Congress with the DeMint Amendment.
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Judicial Watch Uncovers New FCC Documents on Fairness Doctrine Debate
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May 7, 2009
Judicial Watch Uncovers New FCC Documents on Fairness Doctrine Debate
Documents Also Detail Discussions Involving Controversial “Localism” Proposal
(Washington, DC) -- Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained documents from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) concerning the “Fairness Doctrine,” a policy abolished in 1987, and other governmental means to limit free speech in the media. Judicial Watch obtained the documents in response to a December 2008 Freedom of Information Act request.
While President Obama is on record opposing the return of the Fairness Doctrine, which is viewed by many as an attempt to squelch the free speech of conservatives in the media, these documents show that the FCC is considering alternative proposals that may also regulate free speech in the media under the professed goal of “diversity.”
For example, in December 2007, the FCC proposed new “localism” measures to force broadcast stations to offer programming more “responsive to the needs and interests of the communities that they are licensed to serve.” These proposed measures, highlighted in a document entitled, “The Report on Broadcast Localism and Notice of Approved Rulemaking,” included a requirement that broadcasters, “provide 3 hours per week of locally-produced program,” and that licensees establish “permanent advisory boards (including representatives of underserved community segments).” The FCC noted that these measures would become part of the application renewal process to make sure broadcasters “meet their responsibilities.”
Problems with “localism” are highlighted in a legal memo written by Kathleen Kirby of the law firm Wiley Rein and submitted to Rosemary Harold, serving as legal counsel to FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell. In the document, which was distributed internally at the FCC, Ms. Kirby advises that the Fairness Doctrine “would do well to stay dead.” Ms. Kirby then turns her attention to “localism,” advising that such a policy could represent a “stealth enactment” of the Fairness Doctrine. Ms. Kirby states: “Convene permanent advisory boards? Give aggrieved listeners ‘more straightforward guidance’ on ‘how individuals can directly participate in the license renewal process?’ That sounds mild. But then again, so did the Fairness Doctrine.”
“These documents are a useful insight into the internal debates at the FCC about the Fairness Doctrine and its cousin, ‘localism,’ said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “We’re going to have to keep an eye on this FCC. The last thing our country needs is bureaucrats in the Obama administration stomping on the First Amendment rights of conservatives.”
Press Advisory: Judicial Watch will host a panel discussion regarding the “Fairness Doctrine” May 14th, 12:30 – 2 p.m., in the First Amendment Lounge of the National Press Club, 14th & F Streets, NW, Washington, DC.
Visit www.JudicialWatch.org to read the FCC Documents uncovered by Judicial Watch.
Seton Motley: FCC Announces May 7 'Diversity Committee' Meeting - Behold a New 'Fairness' Doctrine
Behold one of the new "Fairness" Doctrines - "media diversity" - coming soon to a radio station near you.
President Barack Obama's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released the names of the thirty-one members of their Advisory Committee On Diversity For Communications In The Digital Age. This May 7 gathering is made up of a laundry list of left-wing grievance groups, with a smattering of radio and television companies included to break up the monotony.
Not a single conservative organization is taking part in this Commission - more than a dozen Leftist groups are. A little ironic for a "diversity" panel, is it not?
Chairing the meeting is Henry Rivera , a former FCC Commissioner who was (and presumably still is) a strong proponent of the Censorship Doctrine, also mis-known as the "Fairness" Doctrine.
Many, many liberals in Washington have over the last several years called for a reinstatement of the Doctrine. But push-back from people  who have read and actually understand the First Amendment led the Left to realize that the political price to bring it back was too high, so they MovedOn.org.
Of course, their desire to silence the lone voices of their opposition had not lessened in the slightest. They're still just as dictatorial, just pragmatically so.
On February 26, Illinois Democratic Senator Dick Durbin - one of the myriad past "Fairness" Doctrine champions - sponsored an amendment, passed via a 57-41 Party-line vote, which forces the FCC to "take actions to encourage and promote diversity in communication media ownership and to ensure that broadcast station licenses are used in the public interest."
About which Durbin said at the time: ""No one is suggesting that the law for the FCC says that you can give this license to a Republican and this one to a Democrat and this one to a liberal and this one to a conservative. When we talk about diversity in media ownership, it relates primarily to gender, race and other characteristics of that nature."
As to his first statement, we have our doubts (see below).
And with the second, Color-Blind-America notion in mind, here is just a fractional listing of the organizational attendees of next week's gathering:
* Emma Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media (Rivera's outfit)
* Minority Media and Telecommunications Council
* Black Entertainment Television Holdings, Inc.
* Afro-American Newspapers
* Inner City Broadcasting
* National Urban League
* National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (yes, again, NABOB )
* Spanish Broadcasting System
* American Women in Radio and Television
* Chickasaw Nation Industries, Inc.
* Asian American Justice Center
Rivera got the gig heading up this racial grumble group because he has long championed the concept of "media diversity."
The proponents of station owner affirmative action are the same Leftists who were so ardently in favor of reinstating the Doctrine. One can thusly be forgiven for seeing this as an alternative route for the Left to reach their long-sought original destination - the silencing of conservative and Christian talk radio via governmental regulatory fiat.
And it's not just our imagination - it's also our lying eyes. The Center for American Progress is a left-wing hack outfit headed by former Clinton Administration and Obama Transition Team adviser John Podesta. And they released on January 22, 2007 a report entitled "Local Media Diversity Matters  - Measure Media Diversity According to Democratic Values, Not Market Values."
The name of the report is right up this Committee's alley and instantaneously gives any sensible person the Willies. So anti-free market a title is but a prelude - the recommendations are a series of assaults on the broadcast industry so as to effect their desired ideological outcome - less conservatives on the air.
Many on the Left see the media pantheon as fraught with racism and sexism. And of course the airwaves are dominated by ideological monopol-ism. There are too many white men owning too many radio and television stations that broadcast too many conservatives to suit liberal tastes.
They truly believe the former is the only possible explanation for the latter. The existence of Laura Ingraham, Monica Crowley, Tammy Bruce and other un-white males in the talk radio universe fails to persuade them. Neither does the ratings argument - thems that get the ratings get the airwaves. Conservatives have listeners; liberals do not.
According to the Left, these white male station owners don't put conservatives on the air because they make them money, they put them on the air because they are conservatives. The anti-free speech/anti-free marketeers remain as always steadfastly impervious to facts.
Again, the CAP report's subtitle is "Measure Media Diversity According to Democratic Values, Not Market Values." Why would the Left care about the bottom line of a bunch of white male station owners? There's a media world to be re-made, and these liberals don't care how many billions it it costs these racist-sexist bigots to make it happen. Besides, they deserve to get the shaft; it's only fair.
The broadcast license is of course a station's lifeblood; take it away, or make it impossible to meet the regulatory obligations to keep it, and they are literally out of business. The Left, no longer comfortable with trying the top-down, all-out assault that is the "Fairness" Doctrine, intends instead to silence conservative and Christian talk via this broadcast license manipulation.
If they can succeed in making it impossible for talk radio to operate as a business, talk radio will cease to operate. Leftist problem solved.
"Media diversity" is just the latest Leftist attempt to get this done.
The Loony Left Speaks on Freedom of Speech
An article on the truthout website on 19 April shows the reality-free thinking of some leading proponents of censorship of talk radio as a way to create "fairness." (Truthout is famous for promoting the idea that 9/11 was an inside job by George Bush.) The article claims that radio is a "right-wing message machine." In this long piece, there is no mention that audiences make choices by tuning in, or tuning out, programs as they chose. Even comments on this article are worth reading, such as one claiming all of American radio is controlled by an unnamed foreign country. The article was first published in the San Francisco Chronicle, a newspaper now dying due to loss of readers.
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