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KharmaTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-21-10 02:27 PM
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22. I Never Hide In The Shadows On This Issue...It's Not "Fairness"...It's Acess
I worked with the Fairness Doctrine...it only covered mandated Public Affairs shows (that were "de-regulated" away in the 90s) and to assure stations offer all candidates access for their campaign advertising and doing it at the lowest station rate. Today broadcasters make windfalls on elections...especially now as 527s and PACs are sure to flood the airwaves this fall.

The problem is access. 91% of "conventional radio" features hate talk...with almost every one of those stations owned by a handful of corporates. Clear Channel, Cumulus, Citadel, Salem and CBS dominate the most powerful signals and they decide what you hear. Clear Channel owns Premier, Rushbo's network and a very major reason his show pops up on every market across the country.

Talk radio has never been covered by any sort of "fairness". It's considered "Entertainment" (why Rushbo calls himself one). When you start to determine fairness, then you have to ask who decides what's fair. A slippery slope.

The FCC needs to revisit, drastically revise or repeal Telcom '96 that turned the public airwaves into a private plantation and to encourage local ownership and content...or wait until these "too big to fail" eventually go bankrupt.
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