A lot of us don’t see why liberals, so-called champions of free speech, would push for something like the Fairness Doctrine. Well, the answer is simple. It’s because otherwise no one would listen to liberal talk radio!
President Obama may be riding high in Washington, but OBAMA 1260 is not.
The area’s only progressive talk station is changing formats, dropping such syndicated liberal hosts as Ed Schultz, Stephanie Miller and Bill Press in favor of financial news, starting next week.
The move by Redskins owner Dan Snyder, who purchased the station, WWRC, and others in Washington last summer, leaves the city without a liberal radio outlet. Program Director Greg Tantum says he thought the station could work because of enthusiasm over Obama, but that ratings collapsed to a level that could not be measured after the election.
But ratings nearly doubled, he says, at Snyder’s conservative station, WTNT, which features Laura Ingraham and Bill Bennett.
This is why there needs to be a Fairness Doctrine! If people don’t want to hear the liberal propaganda, then they’ll be forced to. And it also must be some sort of conservative conspiracy, right? Because there’s no way people would actively choose to listen to conservative radio and NOT liberal radio.
In all seriousness, this is really why liberals are pushing for the Fairness Doctrine. Air America was a disaster and liberal radio is tanking. Meanwhile, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity & Co. are riding high. Imposing a Fairness Doctrine solves multiple problems. There’s no more free market competition, people only get the news and opinion that liberals choose, and there’s no more ratings. Ta-da!
Hat Tip: Newsbusters