Theodore's World: Democrat Senator Jeff Bingaman Wants A Push to Reinstate the 'Fairness Doctrine'

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October 23, 2008

Democrat Senator Jeff Bingaman Wants A Push to Reinstate the 'Fairness Doctrine'

Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) was asked by KKOB talk-radio host Jim Villanucci if, "There would be a push to reinstate the 'Fairness Doctrine'?" His answer was, "I hope so." Like all liberals, he thinks free speech should be protected just as long as all the speakers agree with him.

Senator Bingaman also said all media should be regulated "at a higher level." Does he want America to end up like the old Soviet Union where all speech was controlled.??!!!!



Before the Fairness Doctrine was lifted by Ronaldus Magnus in the late eighties, I think it was 1987, you know how many radio stations were doing talk, Senator Bingaman? One hundred and twenty-five. And you know what was on those stations? I mean sometimes from midnight to six you'd get the wild wackos, the provocational political people, but most of the time it was the correct carrot cake recipe for the holidays, where the next traffic problem was going to be in town. Then you'd have a little segment where if your dog was lost you could call the station, and do lost animal reports. All of this wonderful stuff that nobody wanted to listen to, Senator. One hundred twenty-five talk stations. Senator Bingaman, do you know how many talk radio stations there are in America today? Try over 2,000 since the Fairness Doctrine was lifted, and on those 2,000 radio stations are countless points of view, from the extreme communist left to the wacko whatever it is way out on the fringe right. They're all over the place.
What Bingaman is saying here is, (paraphrasing) "Well, it's not that. We want every station to be balanced." What he wants is for this kind of programming to be stopped. Because of the way the Fairness Doctrine worked and will work, especially the way it will work if it's ever reinstituted, reimplemented, within five minutes of my show open, 15 or more extremist groups in every city carrying this program will call the station carrying this show, demanding a response to the outrageous thing that I have just said. And then, after the next ten minutes, they would call again. After an hour, the management of the local station would probably have received over 150 phone calls demanding a chance and an opportunity to reply.
At which point the manager says, "I can't keep up with this. In order to maintain my license, I'm going to have to do all this and grant all these people all this access. I gotta put amateurs on the radio? I gotta put talentness, complaining whiners on the radio? I'm not going to mess with it." And that's how it works. It's not that the Fairness Doctrine is passed and all of us go away. It's that local stations will not put up with the grief they're going to get. And that's what Senator Bingaman and that's what the Democrats want. They don't want balanced programming on a radio station. They want no conservative programming on a radio station. He sounds all concerned and educated here, but make no mistake.

Wild Thing's comment.........

God what is this country coming to! Censorship and Socialism march hand in hand.

The left intends to silence any dissenting opinions, BECAUSE THEIR IDEOLOGY IS INDEFENSIBLE. The Fairness Doctrine...broadcasting Socialism 24 hours a day!

Following Senator Bingaman's remarks, the program director Pat Frisch came on with the talk-radio host Jim Villanucci and blasted Bingaman as an “idiot”.

Then the callers joined in and were besides themselves with anger at this clown.

Please, America. WAKE UP!!!! We are on the edge of a horrific future. 1984 was not written about right wingers. It was written about Obama and his gang of hooligans. How can we be this close to such a future?

Good book about this............


The alternative-media revolution of the last twenty years has smashed the liberal monopoly over news outlets and created a true marketplace of ideas. Rather than fight back with their own beliefs, today’s liberals work relentlessly to smother this new universe of political discourse under a tangle of campaign finance reform and media regulations.

Bestselling author Brian Anderson and Adam Thierer examine the crucial place of free political speech in our nation’s history, from the feisty polemics of Revolutionary-era pamphlets to the explosion of new media in the twenty-first century. Today, shockingly, freedom of political speech in America is facing sustained attacks unlike anything since the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798.


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"Brian Anderson is that rare analyst who has conducted scholarly research, edits a distinguished Old Media public policy journal, but has also written extensively on the importance of New Media and pop culture. He and Adam Thierer were among the first to grasp how the New Media was reshaping politics and cultural attitudes. That makes them especially qualified to now warn about the dangers that government regulation is about to pose to media democratization." —John Fund, columnist at the Wall Street Journal

"From radio talk to political campaigning, the First Amendment is under sustained assault. In this concise, thin volume, Anderson and Thierer demonstrate with concrete examples how a combination of self-interested politicians, left-wing partisanship, and public ignorance about technology and media markets have created the most serious threat to free speech in America since the Red Scare." —Bradley Smith, former FEC Chairman

Posted by Wild Thing at October 23, 2008 03:44 AM


This senator is a typical doublespeaking politician. He loves the code word "fair" which he thinks legitimizes what he says. In political lingo fair means "my opinions only, not yours".

I wonder if a reistated Fairness Doctrine would apply to television and newspapers also. Probably not.

Posted by: TomR at October 23, 2008 10:18 AM

The fairness doctrine, aka, conservative censorship, has to be in the top 10 list of things to do first in an obama take over of the United States Government.

I am sure also ridding the constitution of the Second amendment is right up there with the censorship of talk radio.

Posted by: Mark at October 23, 2008 12:29 PM

Good point Tom, I don't wonder. It will apply to radio, television, the internet, print media and more, mail and E-mail are not sacred to the Marxists.

In 1949 The Fairness Doctrine was introduced in the U.S. The doctrine remained a matter of general policy, and was applied on a case-by-case basis until 1967, when certain provisions of the doctrine were incorporated into FCC regulations. It did not require equal time for opposing views, but required that contrasting viewpoints be presented. The Fairness Doctrine had two basic elements: It required broadcasters to devote some of their airtime to discussing controversial matters of public interest, and to air contrasting views regarding those matters. Stations were given wide latitude as to how to provide contrasting views: It could be done through news segments, public affairs shows or editorials.

PBS was founded November 3, 1969,with 354 member TV stations to indoctrinate the young minds.

In 1969 the fairness doctrine was expanded to squelch religious freedom of speech in a lawsuit between ,Red Lion Broadcasting Co. vs. FCC, when journalist Fred J. Cook, after the publication of his Goldwater: Extremist of the Right, was the topic of discussion by Billy James Hargis on his daily Christian Crusade radio broadcast on WGCB in Red Lion, Pennsylvania. The case began when Mr. Cook sued arguing that the FCC’s fairness doctrine entitled him to free air time to respond to the personal attacks.

Today the Dems want the Fairness Doctrine to stifle and silence you and I as well as talk radio hosts who challenge the onslaught of Communism and anti religious fervor. The darling of the left the righteous Lyndon Baines Johnson further enacted laws to silence free speech from the Church through the institution of IRS tax code 501c3 in 1954.

Freedom of speech applies to all including the Church, like it or not. Churches have been exempt from taxes from the beginning of our nation, no clearer attempt to silence them has been invented than the oppressive and repressive threats of the Internal Revenue Service that is used as a weapon by the left to silence it's critics.

Today our government violates the Constitution every day, both political parties are complicit in these violations but the Democrats actively seek to dismantle the only safeguards we have against tyranny, our Constitution. The FCC was once almost as powerful as the IRS, it still has sharp teeth and the Dems are champing at the bit to use them.

As a former licensed amateur radio operator I was scrutinized harsher than any broadcast station, we were the focus because we communicated with the world, stringent book keeping of all the call signs, Country, date, time, context and length of call had to be kept in a daily logbook plus the requisite 10 minute transmission of your ID rule, any infraction brought immediate FCC fines and/or seizure of our equipment. Don't get out of the assigned bandwidth either, or run over modulated causing splatter in other bands. Citizens Band started in 1945 and was pretty self disciplined but ran uncontrolled after 1958, unless that 4 watt (illegal 1500watt linear amp) signal started raising and lowering the local drawbridges or opening the vault at the local banks. I've only seen two instances where the FCC acted against the CB'er in both cases their equipment was seized by a swat team of bootjacked federal enforcers.

Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or
prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or
of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition
the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment IV
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and
effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and
no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or
affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the
persons or things to be seized.

Posted by: Jack at October 23, 2008 01:15 PM

Democrat Senator Jeff Bingaman reminds me of another government official who wanted to, and did, control radio for his leader and party. His name was Josef Goebbels.

Bingaman, Obama, Pelosi, and Reid are no different.

Posted by: Les at October 23, 2008 05:00 PM

Bingaman can go pound sand up his ass.

Posted by: GM Cassel AMH1(AW) USN RETIRED at October 23, 2008 06:20 PM

Posted by: Jack at October 23, 2008 08:55 PM

Tom, I am not sure, I think it is mostly radio. But I read someplace that if they do this it could go into other areas as well.

Posted by: Wild Thing at October 23, 2008 09:11 PM

Mark, yes this is what they should call it......."conservative censorship." And your so right those others will follow too.

Posted by: Wild Thing at October 23, 2008 09:17 PM

Jack thank you wow thanks for the information.And for the USA link too. I am such a huge fan of talk radio so this is something that really angers me if they change it in any way.

Posted by: Wild Thing at October 23, 2008 09:49 PM

Les, I agree they are all very similar.

Posted by: Wild Thing at October 23, 2008 09:50 PM

GM Cassel AMH1(AW) USN RETIRED, DITTO, I will second that!!

Posted by: Wild Thing at October 23, 2008 09:51 PM

Hey Jeff! People have many choices of other stations to listen to! What freedoms are wanting to take away next?

Posted by: Debbie at October 28, 2008 10:59 AM