Monday, November 17, 2008

Obama: Misdirecting Talk Radio

I've got an old friend from way back who's a street performer down in New Orleans. "Master of magic, misdirection & mooching." His magic is pretty good. The key is misdirection. Mooching means I always buy lunch.

Obama's pretty good at it, too.

The misdirection, that is. And, apparently, the mooching.

So says Jim Boulet, Jr. over at AT. Why misdirection? Because it won't be the 'fairness doctrine' that will censor talk radio, but another 'ism' which Obama is fond of: localism.

"Localism is one of the rare issues on which Obama himself has been outspoken.

On September 20, 2007, Obama submitted a pro-localism written statement to an FCC hearing held at the Chicago headquarters of Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.'s Operation Push.

Furthermore, the Obama transition team knows all about the potential of localism as a means of silencing conservative dissent. The head of the Obama transition team is John Podesta, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress.

In 2007, the Center for American Progress issued a report, The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio. This report complained that there was too much conservative talk on the radio because of "the absence of localism in American radio markets" and urged the FCC to "[e]nsure greater local accountability over radio licensing."

Nope. Air America is consistently in the crapper because there's no audience for it. NPR only works because the government subsidizes it. GreenStone's high profile feminist flop failed to draw ratings or pay its staff.

Libs want music, not talk. The ratings prove it.

But libs only want democracy when it puts them in power, not when people exercise their choice as consumers. 'That's not fair', is their perennial whine. That's when libs resort to 'isms' to ensure the equality of results they desire - and you pay for it.

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