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Full Of Himself

Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 4:26 AM

Rush Limbaugh is opining that the concern over violent rhetoric over the airwaves and in political circles is part of a plot to silence him, citing the Fairness Doctrine as an attempt to limit free speech.

First off, the Fairness Doctrine was FCC Policy and not federal law. It was also rescinded during the Reagan Administration.

Second, its primary tenet - that broadcasters would present issues in a 'fair, equitable, and honest' manner - is to ensure that broadcasters serve the community rather than a profit margin or political agenda.

Simply put, if Rush Limbaugh were being fair, equitable, and honest, why would an FCC policy asserting those values be problematic?




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