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September 16, 2009

CZAR Cass Sunstein Drafted 'New Deal Fairness Doctrine'

Cass Sunstein drafted 'New Deal Fairness Doctrine'


Obama's newly confirmed regulatory czar, Cass Sunstein, drew up a "First Amendment New Deal," a new "fairness doctrine" that would include the establishment of a panel of "nonpartisan experts" to ensure "diversity of view" on the airwaves, WND has learned.

Sunstein compared the need for the government to regulate broadcasting to the moral obligation of the U.S. to impose new rules that outlawed segregation.

Until now, Sunstein's radical proposal, set forth in his 1993 book "The Partial Constitution," received no news media attention and scant scrutiny.

In the book – obtained and reviewed by WND – Sunstein outwardly favors and promotes the "fairness doctrine," the abolished FCC policy that required holders of broadcast licenses to present controversial issues of public importance in a manner the government deemed was "equitable and balanced."

Sunstein introduces what he terms his "First Amendment New Deal" to regulate broadcasting in the U.S.

His proposal, which focuses largely on television, includes a government requirement that "purely commercial stations provide financial subsidies to public television or to commercial stations that agree to provide less profitable but high-quality programming."

Sunstein wrote it is "worthwhile to consider more dramatic approaches as well."
He proposes "compulsory public-affairs programming, right of reply, content review by nonpartisan experts or guidelines to encourage attention to public issues and diversity of view."

The Obama czar argues his regulation proposals for broadcasting are actually presented within the spirit of the Constitution.

"It seems quite possible that a law that contained regulatory remedies would promote rather than undermine the 'freedom of speech,'" he writes.

Sunstein compares the need for the government to regulate broadcasting to the moral obligation of the government stepping in to end segregation.

Writes Sunstein: "The idea that government should be neutral among all forms of speech seems right in the abstract, but as frequently applied it is no more plausible than the idea that it should be neutral between the associational interests of blacks and those of whites under conditions of segregation."

Sunstein contends the landmark case that brought about the fairness doctrine, Red Lion Broadcasting Co. v. Federal Communications Commission, "stresses not the autonomy of broadcasters (made possible only by current ownership rights), but instead the need to promote democratic self-government by ensuring that people are presented with a broad range of views about public issues."

He continues: "In a market system, this goal may be compromised. It is hardly clear that 'the freedom of speech' is promoted by a regime in which people are permitted to speak only if other people are willing to pay enough to allow them to be heard."
In his book, Sunstein slams the U.S. courts' unwillingness to "require something like a fairness doctrine" to be a result of "the judiciary's lack of democratic pedigree, lack of fact-finding powers and limited remedial authority."

He clarifies he is not arguing the government should be free to regulate broadcasting however it chooses.

"Regulation designed to eliminate a particular viewpoint would of course be out of bounds. All viewpoint discrimination would be banned," Sunstein writes.
But, he says, "at the very least, regulative 'fairness doctrines' would raise no real doubts" constitutionally.


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

"at the very least, regulative 'fairness doctrines' would raise no real doubts" constitutionally.

This is one DANGEROUS person. Here comes the attack on the Constitution....and our FReedom. I don't care what he said about it being in the Constitution.

The constitution guarantees my rights, not Cass Sunstein.

Sunstein is Obama’s Chicago constitutional law buddy. Sunstein wants to “reinterpret” the Constitution. His wife Samantha Power deserves focus as well. Power was appointed by Obama to the National Security Council. Sunstein’s wife, Samantha Power, wanted the US to invade Israel.

Samantha Power calls for the invasion of Israel

Ann interview from 2002.........Samantha Power left the Barack Obama campaign in March of 2008 , after her reference to Hillary Clinton as a “monster”. Power advised Obama on foreign policy, having spent her career detailing genocides and international responses to them, including a Pulitzer Prize-winning book on the subject. Power had some interesting ideas about how to resolve one particular instance of what she sees as a genocide in this April 2002 interview at Berkeley with Harry Kreisler:

Posted by Wild Thing at September 16, 2009 04:50 AM


Why am I NOT surprised? I tell you, the main goal of this administration is to bring down America to third world nation status, so there is no one over anyone else unless you're Russian or Chinese. It's NOT fair for us to have all this tremendous wealth they say. We got it all illegally and by force. No, we didn't. Our ancestors worked their butts off to give their families a better life. This guy is a nutjob. They used to lock people up in the insane asylum for acting like he does. Anyone got the number to Belleview on speed dial?

Posted by: Lynn at September 16, 2009 08:18 AM

Comrades, er AMERICANS, when was a CZAR ever an AMERICAN? - Dr. Zhivago Chicago Baracksheviks 2009-2012

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at September 16, 2009 12:18 PM

These are two pure Marxists. Sunstein wants government to completely control broadcasting. Power is a genocide expert? When did she ever speak out for the Cambodians, South Vietnamese, Hmong, Montagnyards?

Posted by: TomR at September 16, 2009 12:41 PM

WildThing, Lynn, and TomR - I posted here before about Cass Sunstien. He is much worse than a pure Marxist.

Some of his circles are selling reducing the world population to less than half of a billion people "for the good of the planet." Third world living standards are not bad enough for Sunstien's crowd some of them want extermination.

Before any great crime is committed, somebody must conceiver of it as desirable. If conceiving of killing over 90% if the world population is not spade work for great crimes I cannot imagine what would be.

Posted by: Avitar at September 16, 2009 01:13 PM

Where the F*** do these looney tunes come from?
Samantha Power is a "real case". She shpuld be "drawn and quartered" by four Israel (IDF) tanks.

Posted by: SSgt Steve at September 16, 2009 01:37 PM

This is what we can expect when Congress ignores the Constitution it swore to uphold, the constituents it pledged to represent and are operating outside the pale of control.

As I see it.
We're all in it together.

Grab that ammo!!!

Posted by: Jack at September 16, 2009 02:17 PM

The way I see things,Mossad needs to have Powers eliminated without prejudice while Sunstein and his associates casually disappear. Maybe the kenyan would finally open its eyes and realize that "it is about him."

Posted by: Eddie (Locked & Loaded) at September 16, 2009 04:41 PM

she is talking about what this gov't is doing right now where they just gave $900 million to hamas. those this is 2002 it is happening today. that "the money is needed to builder a strong military presence because of the war crimes that are happening there". it sounds like she was gonna say something sacrificing israel but instead that they should invest in the palestians

Posted by: slick willie jihad at September 16, 2009 06:16 PM

But, he says, "at the very least, regulative 'fairness doctrines' would raise no real doubts" constitutionally.

Well since he's a Czar and has no regard for the constitution and has sworn no oath to uphold the constitution, in his mind anything goes. This maggot has got to be the most dangerous man in American.

When you look at these Czars what do you see, left over 60's radicals and some of the new breed, freshly brainwashed, sprinkled in for training. If there ever was any question of where Obama's layalty lies it aint with the United States.

Posted by: Mark at September 16, 2009 06:38 PM

On Broadcast Fairness: There is one reason, and one reason only why Conservative talk radio has more air time than Liberal talk radio. It is that it is more interesting, thereby bringing more listeners, hence more sponsors. Even having a subsidized program cannot keep lib talk on the air. Airhead America was pure drivel day after boring day, and it sunk like a rock on a pond. If they had anything constructive to say they'd gain listeners too. Trouble is, libs cannot talk without profanity, and the FCC don't allow that.
“Learned all I need to know about Islam on 9/11″

Posted by: Frankly Opinionated at September 16, 2009 11:52 PM

Avitar, your so right. Not always but
sometimes when I tell a person about
this man, they don't believe me.
OH no one would think like that they say.
I know what I say is true, like you said
Cass himself and Sunstien's crowd some of them want extermination.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 17, 2009 12:51 AM