Rush Limbaugh and the Fairness Doctrine02.20.09
Limbaugh spouts off, per usual, this time in a direct letter to President Obama (in the form of a WSJ op-ed piece, of course) about how he wants to keep the talk radio airwaves free from governmental censorship that he claims the president wants to impose. He goes so far as to even somehow work in Acorn and MoveOn.org into his argument when they really have nothing to do with anything here.
Because he’s talking about the Fairness Doctrine, which, if enacted, would require that controversial issues talked about on the air have the opposing viewpoints shared to provide balance.
This isn’t happening. It’s not being passed. The President said so two days before Limbaugh’s “letter.”
What I find so intriguing about this is that Limbaugh is the same person who argues vehemently about the so-called “liberal media bias.” So, if that truly were the case, wouldn’t the Fairness Doctrine actually help balance the media back toward his side, the right? Why wouldn’t he want that? It would essentially take away any bias for either side (in theory).
Granted, the Fairness Doctrine isn’t truly fair and would be a form of governmental censorship, so it’s good that President Obama doesn’t want anything to do with it. Nor should he. This is just Limbaugh trying to expose the president for something he’s not: a socialist.
He just wants the American President to fail. How come no one is calling this guy anti-American? Or accusing him of treason, or at least of being vehemently unpatriotic? It was one thing to not support President Bush’s decision to go to war in Iraq. It’s quite another to openly call for him (and, let’s be honest, the country) to fail.
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