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Stabenow’s Stake In ‘Fairness Doctrine’

From the Politico:


Sen. Stabenow wants hearings on radio ‘accountability’; talks fairness doctrine

This morning, radio host Bill Press brought up the recent closing of liberal station Obama 1260 when speaking with Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow, and talked about whether there needs to be a balance to right-wing talk on the radio dial.

BILL PRESS: Yeah, I mean, look: They have a right to say that. They’ve got a right to express that. But, they should not be the only voices heard. So, is it time to bring back the Fairness Doctrine?

SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW (D-MI): I think it’s absolutely time to pass a standard. Now, whether it’s called the Fairness Standard, whether it’s called something else — I absolutely think it’s time to be bringing accountability to the airwaves. I mean, our new president has talked rightly about accountability and transparency. You know, that we all have to step up and be responsible. And, I think in this case, there needs to be some accountability and standards put in place.

BILL PRESS: Can we count on you to push for some hearings in the United States Senate this year, to bring these owners in and hold them accountable?

SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW (D-MI): I have already had some discussions with colleagues and, you know, I feel like that’s gonna happen. Yep.

Although Obama has been publicly opposed to reinstating the fairness doctrine, conservative radio has talked nonstop about the fear of it returning (or perhaps something like it with another name) while there’s a Democrat in the White House and a Democratic majority in Congress.

UPDATE: A commenter points out that Stabenow is married to Tom Athans, a liberal talk radio executive.

Mr. Athans is not just a “liberal talk radio executive.” If one goes to the Wikipedia entry linked in the article, one learns:

Tom Athans

He is a co-founder and former CEO of the liberal-progressive Democracy Radio, an organization that produced and supported liberal talk radio shows that formerly included the Ed Schultz Show. He is now the executive Vice-President of another liberal talk radio organization Air America…

On November 4, 2005, Athans stepped down as CEO of Democracy Radio, ending the organization.

After stepping down from Democracy Radio, Athans became the Executive Vice-President of Air America, a much larger but similar organization. Athans is in charge of developing new programming to expand Air Americas lineup. He will also head Air America’s Washington, D.C. corporate office…

On April 2, 2008, the Detroit Free Press reported that Athans had been implicated in a prostitution sting:

Thomas Athans, the husband of U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and cofounder of a liberal talk radio network, told Troy police detectives that he paid a prostitute $150 for sex at a Troy hotel in late February, according to a police report obtained Wednesday by the Free Press under the Freedom of Information Act. Athans, 46, was not arrested or charged, but agreed to fully cooperate with police in their investigation of Internet-based prostitution at hotels in the city, according to the report. Athans was pulled over by police on I-75 minutes after leaving the Residence Inn on Livernois, just east of I-75 and south of Big Beaver, the evening of Feb. 26. He was driving a Cadillac DeVille registered jointly to him and Stabenow at their address in Lansing. He was ticketed for driving on a suspended license. When questioned during the stop, he acknowledged he had been at the hotel with a woman he met on the Internet. On further questioning, he acknowledged he had paid the woman $150 for oral sex.

All in all, Mr. Athans is the epitome of a liberal Democrat.

A failure in business, who now wants the rules changed.

And of course he is a moral reprobate.

(Thanks to Howard Roark for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, February 6th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Stabenow’s Stake In ‘Fairness Doctrine’”

  1. 1sttofight says:

    I think it would be a great idea for NBC, CBS, ABC, to give Rush or another conservative a 30 minute show each night to offset their current news shows.

    I can also understand why Mr. Stabenow was engaging hookers too.

  2. CaliforniaBear says:

    I wish I could say I got away from this liberalism when I moved away from Michigan, but it just got worse when I ended up in California. Shoulda stayed in Utah. Tsk Tsk.

    • caligirl9 says:

      Libtards are destroying this state … there are still pockets of sanity but unfortunately those are the less desirable places to live that are pretty much the agricultural-based economies, so not too many really good jobs.

      I wonder how the “closed due to budget crisis” DMV thing is going today.

  3. proreason says:

    “And of course he is a moral reprobate.”

    It seems to go hand in glove with liberlism, doesn’t it?

    It will be interesting to see if the morons (plurals without the captitals means liberals in general, whereas The Moron is the title for Obamy) decide to push the “Fairness Doctrine”.

    If Lincolnesque Obamy wants another Civil War to seal his legacy, that’s probably the best way to get one.

  4. Colonel1961 says:

    If I were hitched to that hag, I’d hand over $150.00 for a Hummer 2.

  5. RightWinger says:

    Dear Senator Wife of failed and jailed liberal radio executive,

    You do realize that the owners of these radio stations put their money at risk for a product that will bring advertising money to the station in order to turn a profit.

    Oops, I said profit, that dirty 6 letter word that libtards can’t stand (unless they are making it and not paying taxes on it themselves).

    If the “Fairness” doctrine is forced upon us, then I would like to see the formats on conservative radio stations set up like a “Hannity and Colmes” format. Because then listeners would get to hear Hannity and conservative guests smack up Colmes and his ilk all day long. This would show how stupid and idiotic libs are. A lib audience will only listen so long and then evaporate as their “stars” get bitch smacked on a daily basis.

    The other issue is how far to the extreme will the FD be taken? Will Atheists demand equal time on Christian radio stations? Will Philadelphia sports fans demand equal time on New York sports talk stations? Will stations that offer “Advice” be subjected to demands for equal air time for people that disagree and have their own forms of advise?

  6. MrBill says:

    Sounds like he left Big Beaver in order to be with the prostitute.

  7. U NO HOO says:

    Big Beaver is, as Rush pointed out, Exit 69.

    You can look it up.

  8. Barbie says:

    Libs can’t compete so they have to regulate.

  9. Barbie says:

    $150??? What a cheap skank Mr. Stabenow is (excuse ME – MR. ATHANS) – He’d have to pay someone to be with him, no doubt.

  10. Rusty Shackleford says:

    It’s all part of the “Be Like Kennedy, Johnson, Clinton” playbook. (Can’t add Carter. They don’t call him “the peanut man” for nuthin’)

    Accountability is for OTHER people.

    Fairness means, “Fair for ME…and UP YOURS, pal”


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