Interesting article at American Thinker makes the point that opponents of conservative talk radio do not need the Fairness Doctrine, which Obama has asserted he does not support. Instead, the likely vehicle for restricting conservative talk radio will be the “localism” doctrine, which Obama openly has supported:
Radio and television stations are required to serve the interests of their local community as a condition of keeping their broadcast licenses. Obama needs only three votes from the five-member FCC to define localism in such a way that no radio station would dare air any syndicated conservative programming.
Rather than a national attack on Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity, we can expect to see city-by-city, town-by-town attacks on local stations which do not have the resources or will to fight the FCC. Similar to the community organizing model which worked so well in the campaign, we can expect Obama’s mass e-mail lists to be used to generate focused local protests to shut down conservative talk shows at the local level. This was the model applied to talk radio in Chicago during the campaign, and it is coming to a radio station near you.
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