Originally published at RedState on 02/09/09
From the article:
“Our conclusion is that the gap between conservative and progressive talk radio is the result of multiple structural problems in the U.S. regulatory system,” the report reads, “particularly the complete breakdown of the public trustee concept of broadcast, the elimination of clear public interest requirements for broadcasting, and the relaxation of ownership rules including the requirement of local participation in management.”…………..
……..”The report then demonstrates how radio stations owned locally, or operated by female and minority owners, are statistically more likely to carry liberal political talk shows. Therefore, the report concludes, the answer to getting equal time for “progressives” lies in mandating “localism” and “diversity” without ever needing to mention the “Fairness Doctrine.”
Hmmm…of course,the utter failure of left-wing talk radio couldn’t be chalked up to the fact that nobody wants to hear liberal America spew venom at hunters, marksmen, Christians, and Sarah Palin.
Now, here’s where it gets good.
From the technology agenda page of http://www.whitehouse.gov:
“Encourage diversity in the ownership of broadcast media, promote the development of new media outlets for expression of diverse viewpoints, and clarify the public interest obligations of broadcasters who occupy the nation’s spectrum.”
So….blame “the system”, give the federal government a mandate to come in and fix “the system”, and while you’re at it, make sure that public broadcasting conforms to the Government’s idea of “public interest.” You know, just to be safe.
Oh, BHO, you are so very, very sneaky!
I almost admire you.