Limbaugh Column Challenges Obama On Speech Regulation
February 23, 2009 at 5:19 AM (PT)
An op-ed column by RUSH LIMBAUGH in FRIDAY's WALL STREET JOURNAL challenges President OBAMA on attempts to regulate political speech in broadcasting through "localism" and other regulation, asking, "Is it your intention to censor talk radio through a variety of contrivances, such as 'local content,' 'diversity of ownership,' and 'public interest' rules -- all of which are designed to appeal to populist sentiments but, as you know, are the death knell of talk radio and the AM band?"
LIMBAUGH, writing in an open letter format, called the "chorus of advocates for government control over radio content" in the DEMOCRATIC PARTY "chilling and ominous." "Mr. President," he wrote, "we both know that this new effort at regulating speech is not about diversity but conformity. It should be rejected. You've said you're against reinstating the Fairness Doctrine, but you've not made it clear where you stand on possible regulatory efforts to impose so-called local content, diversity-of-ownership, and public-interest rules that your FCC could issue.
"I do not favor content-based regulation of NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO, newspapers, or broadcast or cable TV networks. I would encourage you not to allow your office to be misused to advance a political vendetta against certain broadcasters whose opinions are not shared by many in your party and ideologically liberal groups such as ACORN, the CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS, and MOVEON.ORG. There is no groundswell of support behind this movement. Indeed, there is a groundswell against it."
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