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Dem/Soros Front: Talk Radio ‘Imbalanced’

From our friends at CNSNews:

Right’s Reign on Talk Radio Called ‘Structural Imbalance’

By Randy Hall
June 22, 2007

(CNSNews.com) – Charging that “right-wing talk reigns supreme on America’s airwaves,” two liberal groups on Thursday called for increased government regulation and greater diversity of commercial radio station owners to “close the gap” between the amount of conservative and “progressive” talk.

An analyst with a conservative media watchdog group responded by calling the organizations’ recommendations an example of “amazing liberal hypocrisy.”

“There’s very little free speech and free choice in a market system that pushes one-sided information 90 percent of the time,” said John Halpin, a senior fellow with the Center for American Progress (CAP) and one of the authors of a new report, entitled “The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio.”

Speaking during a telephone news conference, Halpin said his organization and the media reform group Free Press carried out two statistical analyses — one examining the news/talk stations run by the largest owners of commercial stations and another looking at all 65 news/talk outlets in the country’s top five markets…

Derek Turner, research director of Free Press, said “the potential one-sidedness on the radio dial in terms of political programming is strongly and directly related to ownership and market structure.”
Turner argued that “increasing diversity and localism in ownership will produce more diverse speech [and] more choice for listeners.”

Mark Lloyd, another CAP senior fellow, attributed the “imbalance” to “the breakdown in the Federal Communications Commission regulatory system during the Reagan administration in the 1980s and the elimination of caps on ownership in telecommunications during the 1990s.” ..

“Our goal is not less speech, but more speech,” said Free Press Policy Director Ben Scott. “We want more voices on the radio.”

He recommended that local and national caps on the ownership of commercial radio stations be restored “to reduce consolidation…

In a further recommendation, “we have to acknowledge that broadcasters have public service responsibilities. They broadcast over the public airwaves [which are] worth billions of dollars.” In return, “these broadcasters are public stewards. They have to give us our money’s worth” in community service.

Scott pointed out that “Verizon Wireless pays $5 billion or more to be able to use the public airwaves however they like.” By contrast, “the broadcasters pay zero, and therefore, we need that billion dollars’ worth of public service. Right now, they’re not giving it to us.”

And if station owners choose not to do so, Scott warned, “then we’re going to have to get the money from them just like we get the money from all the other licensees of public airwaves.” The money raised from such fines, he said, could be used “to promote the public media.”

This last section is very important.

What these groups want is to TAX conservative talk radio to support NPR, which is the liberals’ talk radio.

Anyone who has followed current events over the last decade should recognize Hillary Clinton’s and George Soros’s fingerprints all over this story.

In fact, all you need to do is read Discover The Networks entry for Hillary Clinton’s (and George Soros’) Center For American Progress:

CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS (CAP)

… Robert Dreyfuss reports in the March 1, 2004 edition of The Nation: “The idea for the Center began with discussions in 2002 between [Morton] Halperin and George Soros, the billionaire investor. … Halperin, who heads the office of Soros’s Open Society Institute, brought [former Clinton chief of staff John] Podesta into the discussion, and beginning in late 2002 Halperin and Podesta circulated a series of papers to funders.”

Soros and Halperin recruited Harold Ickes — chief fundraiser and former deputy chief of staff for the Clinton White House — to help organize the Center

Regarding the new think tank proposed by Soros and Halperin, Hillary Clinton told Matt Bai of The New York Times Magazine on October 12, 2003, “We need some new intellectual capital. There has to be some thought given as to how we build the 21st-century policies that reflect the Democrat Party’s values.” She later told The Nation’s Robert Dreyfuss, “We’ve had the challenge of filling a void on our side of the ledger for a long time, while the other side created an infrastructure that has come to dominate political discourse. The Center is a welcome effort to fill that void.”

Persistent press leaks confirm that Hillary Clinton, and not Podesta, is ultimately in charge of CAP. “It’s the official Hillary Clinton think tank,” an inside source confided to Christian Bourge of United Press International. Robert Dreyfuss notes in The Nation, “In looking at Podesta’s center, there’s no escaping the imprint of the Clintons. It’s not completely wrong to see it as a shadow government, a kind of Clinton White-House-in-exile — or a White House staff in readiness for President Hillary Clinton.” Dreyfuss notes the abundance of Clintonites on the Center’s staff, among them Clinton’s national security speechwriter Robert Boorstin; Democratic Leadership Council staffer and former head of Clinton’s National Economic Council Gene Sperling; former senior advisor to Clinton’s Office of Management and Budget Matt Miller; and others.

In addition to the aforementioned individuals, CAP’s key personnel also includes Director of Media Strategy Debbie Berger, daughter of Clinton national security chief Sandy Berger; Sarah Rosen Wartell, who serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and General Counsel; Mark David Agrast, Senior Vice President for Domestic Policy; and Robert O. Boorstin, Senior Vice President for National Security and International Policy.

One of CAP’s primary missions is to carry out “rapid response” to what it calls conservative “attacks” in the media. To this end, CAP maintains more than a dozen spokespeople ready to appear on short notice on national talk shows to debate or respond to conservative commentators. Among CAP’s expert commentators are its own President, John Podesta; Eric Alterman, who claims expertise on the subject of media; and CAP Senior Vice President Morton Halperin, who offers to speak on national security.

On May 3, 2004, CAP helped to launch David Brock’s Media Matters for America – which claims to serve as a “watchdog” organization monitoring “rightwing” media for ethics and accuracy. According to The New York Times, Brock conferred with Hillary Clinton, Senator Tom Daschle, and former Vice President Al Gore about Media Matters before embarking on the project. “Mr. Brock’s project was developed with help from the newly formed Center for American Progress,” notes the Times, and John Podesta “introduced  [Brock] to potential donors.”

CAP also posts daily “Talking Points” to guide the likeminded in their disputes with conservatives

The March 2004 Foundation Watch newsletter of the Capital Research Center reports that CAP raised $13 million in 2003. Part of that money came from George Soros, who had pledged $3 million, to be paid in $1 million increments over three years

So when you hear talk about restoring the balance on talk radio, remember that it is coming from Hillary Clinton, George Soros and their hirelings at Media Matters and CAP.

These same lovers of free speech brought down Don Imus.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, June 22nd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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