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Schumer Compares ‘Talk Radio’ To Porn

From Fox News and The Hill:

Schumer on Fox: Fairness Doctrine ‘fair and balanced’

By Bob Cusack
Posted: 11/04/08

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday defended the so-called Fairness Doctrine in an interview on Fox News, saying, “I think we should all be fair and balanced, don’t you?”

Schumer’s comments echo other Democrats’ views on reviving the Fairness Doctrine, which would require radio stations to balance conservative hosts with liberal ones.

Asked if he is a supporter of telling radio stations what content they should have, Schumer used the fair and balanced line, claiming that critics of the Fairness Doctrine are being inconsistent.

The very same people who don’t want the Fairness Doctrine want the FCC [Federal Communications Commission] to limit pornography on the air. I am for that… But you can’t say government hands off in one area to a commercial enterprise but you are allowed to intervene in another. That’s not consistent.” …

Is this really the future we want?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, November 4th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

17 Responses to “Schumer Compares ‘Talk Radio’ To Porn”

  1. clifcrds says:

    Prepare To Be Silenced ! ! !

    How is this for chutzpah . . . a lot of polls have not even opened and Commicrat Charles Schumer is on FOX talking about how the Commicrats are going to silence Talk Radio (liberal speak for ANY OPPOSING VOICE) when they gain their veto proof majority in the Senate to accompany nObama’s presidency.

    Schumer Pushes Fairness Doctrine: Compares Political Speech to Pornography
    Posted By Libertas On November 4, 2008 @ 11:24 am

    In a morning interview with Fox News’ Bill Hemmer, New York Senator and Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Comittee, Chuck Schumer discussed the need for government censorship over America’s radio airwaves. Comparing political speech, the Nation’s most protected form of First Amendment speech to pornography, Schumer argued that it was unfair for advocates of free political expression on the radio to oppose government regulation, while supporting decency standards, calling it “not consistent.” Schumer predicted that high Democratic turnout would give he and his colleagues close to 60 seats in the U.S. Senate – margins that would allow for the reimplementation of the Fairness Doctrine, and the curbing of free speech.

    The Fairness Doctrine was repealed in 1987, and the result was a flourishing of political discourse on the radio. The success of conservative talk shows such as the Rush Limbaugh Show, and the lack of success by liberal leaning radio programming such as Air America, has led many Democratic lawmakers to seek to limit free expression on the radio in order to eliminate what has become an effective communications tool for conservatives. The Fairness Doctrine does not apply to television and many other forms of media, so “news” organizations like MSNBC can broadcast from a biased (liberal) perspective with impunity.

    Schumer did not elaborate on why he felt pornography and political speech were equivalent basis for comparison, or exactly how pornography would work on the radio.

    http://www.gopublius.com/?p=554

    Good question . . . how does pornography work on the radio? What a moron!

    If this should come to pass, my next question is what color uniforms will nObama’s National Civilian Security Force be wearing when they come to TRY to take away my firearms?

    Even Hellen Keller could see what is in store for this country if the Commiecrats gain control! Keep your powder dry people!

  2. curvyred says:

    Those liberals, wow they claim to be progressive and open-minded yet they try to squelch any speech that does not agree with theirs!

  3. clifcrds says:

    As I stated in my other blog on this –

    Good question . . . how does pornography work on the radio? What a moron!

    If this should come to pass, my next question is what color uniforms will nObama’s National Civilian Security Force be wearing when they come to TRY to take away my firearms?

    Even Hellen Keller could see what is in store for this country if the Commiecrats gain control! Keep your powder dry people!

  4. btown says:

    It seems as though every time someone goes on Fox News and quotes back “Fair and Balanced” with a knowing wink, it’s clear they’re not aware what Fox actually means by “Fair and Balanced.” Maybe it’s only obvious to me.

  5. 1sttofight says:

    What exactly does “Fair and Balanced.” mean, btown?

  6. sheehanjihad says:

    Comparing talk radio to porn is makes just about as much sense as comparing our current congress to a group of intelligent Americans.

  7. 1sttofight says:

    I had rather listen to porn on the radio then listen to Upchuck Slimmer.

  8. curvyred says:

    According to Rush, the Black Panthers are blocking doors to at least one precinct in Philadelphia, they told a citizen no matter what “blacks will win” and “they are tired of white supremacy”

    Where the hell is ACORN, that sure seems like voter intimidation to me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    http://beltwayblips.com/video/voting_intimidation_by_black_panthers_in_philadelphia/

  9. proreason says:

    Schumer is the scummiest of the scummy.

    Which confirms that I’m a racist no matter the person’s color.

  10. Anonymoose says:

    With the Democrats getting a free ride from the press and being favored in movies and music, how on earth can they see talk radio as a threat? Or maybe it’s since they can’t get people to listen otherwise, they might as well force it.

  11. Liberals Demise says:

    Talk radio is the only format that they haven’t conquered. Its their insistant whining and waa, waa, waa shit that Americans abhor and loathe. Prime example, AIR AMERICA don’t fly with the people cause of the waa waa waa!!! Keeping the powder dry boss!!

  12. btown says:

    1sttofight,

    I genuinely believe “Fair and Balanced” refers to Fox attempting to “balance” liberal media reportage with conservative media reportage. They never exactly claimed to give equal time to all viewpoints (and if anyone thinks they do, I invite you to try to stare at Alan Colmes’ face for longer than ten seconds), but they have on several occasions referred to themselves as the sole antidote to the liberal media. Anyway, that’s not me trying to make some clever re-interpretation, I’ve just always seen their slogan that way.

  13. Fascism always bats left.

    Schumer’s a fool with a shallow ‘moral equivalence’ argument.

    Especially when ‘political speech’ is one of the foundational principles which the First Amendment sought to protect.

    I’m pretty sure porn ain’t mentioned in any of the Federalist papers or the tome ‘Two Treatise on Civil Govt.’

    The whole point of these negative liberties (right O-Man?) was freedom of public discourse, not prurient interests.

    That nonsense wasn’t pursued till much later in the twentieth century, but even now, narrow categories are drawn by the court to regulate ‘obscene’ speech, pictures or actions.

    Those pursuits are totally distinct from free enterprise & public discourse as it relates to citizens and their government which is what these Leftist numb skulls really want to regulate.

    Schumer’s a tool.

  14. BillK says:

    And Democrats know pornography…

  15. BillK says:

    Update from Broadcasting & Cable:

    Schumer Comments Prompt New Fairness Doctrine Concerns

    National Religious Broadcasters say his comments “foreshadowed an intolerance of ideas”

    By John Eggerton

    Comments by New York Democratic Senator Charles Schumer have provided new urgency to talk radio’s and others’ concerns about the reimposition of the fairness doctrine under a Democrat-controlled government.

    While President-elect Barack Obama has told B&C twice through a top aide that he has no interest in bringing the doctrine back, the same apparently cannot be said for other powerful Democrats including Schumer. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has not ruled it out, either.

    In an interview on Fox that was getting radio airplay Wednesday, Schumer said that the same people who say the FCC should be able to regulate “pornography” on the air don’t want it to intervene to promote fairness and balance, calling that inconsistent. The doctrine, jettisoned by the FCC in 1987 as unconstitutional, required broadcasters to air both sides of controversial issues. Its demise let to the rise of opinionated, conservative talkers like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.

    The National Religious Broadcasters, for one, was concerned enough about Schumer’s comments to issue a press release Wednesday saying it “foreshadowed an intolerance of ideas.”

    NRB, which supports the FCC’s indecency crackdown, took issue with Schumer linking the two.

    “I was stunned by Senator Schumer’s suggestion that by keeping filth off the air, the federal government has somehow become empowered to take over the control of legitimate programming content of broadcasters,” said Craig Parshall, senior VP and general counsel for NRB and author of its brief supporting the FCC on indecency enforcement. “That paints a very grim picture for the future of broadcasting freedoms, particularly for Christian broadcasters.

    “We see nothing inconsistent about permitting the FCC to rid the airwaves of that kind of gratuitous indecency that Justice Scalia referred to in oral argument as having contributed to the ‘coarsening’ of America, but at the same time opposing, as NRB has, the return of the dreaded Fairness Doctrine. Free Speech should never be sacrificed on the altar of a false choice.”

    He said that neither the Supreme Court nor the Constitution makes censoring “politically incorrect” ideas the quid pro quo for being able to regulate “profanity and smut” on broadcast TV and radio.

    http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6611851.html

    See? The annointed one doesn’t want it, but if Pelosi and Schumer push it through, of course he’ll feel obligated to sign it…

  16. artboyusa says:

    Chuck Schumer’s gonna shut us up? Go ahead and try, Chuckie – if you think you can.

  17. firstinaction says:

    Hello everyone,
    Here is Charles Schumer’s info:

    NYC fax: 212 486 7693
    NYC phone 212 486 7693

    Albany fax: 518 431 4076
    Alban phone 518 431 4070

    His website: http://www.schumer.senate.gov
    I hope that instead of debating on this site you go and YOU AND ALL YOUR FRIENDS IMMEDIATELY PROTEST HIS POSITION ON TALK RADIO
    I ALREADY sent my letter.
    This is one of the most “proactive” blogs I have seen. I like what I see on it.And I will be back so keep on it. Yes, you had better pull your kids out of school immediately. And also, hold on to those guns. And the bibles. Anyway, have a nice day all.
    If you have any other realistic ideas how to fight this censorship post them here please. I love talk radio and so does my 85 year old dad. He also will protest. We may have to do more than send faxes but let’s at least start this way.


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