There Goes Freedom of Speech

Sunday, May 03, 2009
WorldNetDaily
31 horsemen of talk radio’s apocalypse?
FCC anoints ‘diversity’ panel with ‘Fairness Doctrine’ mission
Posted: May 02, 2009
12:10 am Eastern

By Drew Zahn
WorldNetDaily

The Federal Communications Commission has announced the roster of a new advisory committee on “diversity” in communications, a move many critics have warned would mark the beginning of government regulation of talk radio and a reinstallation of the “Fairness Doctrine” by another name.

As WND reported, a think tank headed by John Podesta, co-chairman of Obama’s transition team, mapped out a strategy in 2007 for clamping down on conservative talk radio by requiring stations to be operated by female and minority owners, which the report showed were statistically more likely to carry liberal political talk shows.

Therefore, the report concluded, the best strategy for getting equal time for “progressives” on radio lies in mandating “diversity of ownership” without ever needing to mention the former FCC policy of requiring airtime for liberal viewpoints, known as the “Fairness Doctrine.”

Now, Michael J. Copps, acting chairman of the FCC has announced that the “Commission’s Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age” will meet at the FCC headquarters on May 7 with a purpose closely paralleling step one of Podesta’s plan for “balancing” talk radio.

The mission of the new diversity committee, according to the FCC website, is to “make recommendations to the FCC regarding policies and practices that will further enhance the ability of minorities and women to participate in telecommunications and related industries.”

Seton Motley, director of communications for the Media Research Center, further commented on the lineup of 31 activists and media moguls chosen to form the committee.

“Not a single conservative organization is taking part in this commission,” Motley writes. “More than a dozen leftist groups are. A little ironic for a ‘diversity’ panel, is it not?”

Complete article at:
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?pageId=96797

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