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As you all know, I despise politics and politicians! So, I view this article as the present administration's slick form of censorship, without actually being stated as such! The reasoning behind this is the wide ratio between that of liberal radio stations and conservative stations! IMO, this is still a free country and if you have the money and means to begin a radio talk show, then you can apply for a license and BAM... you're on the air! Who's fault is it, if there is such a wide ratio between the two talk shows... the talk shows themselves??? Hardly!!!

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New FCC ‘Chief Diversity Officer’ Wants Conservative Radio Stations Fined $250 Million - Zogby/O’Leary Poll Shows Americans Disagree

Zogby/O’Leary Poll shows most American voters disagree with Mark Lloyd’s call for Fairness Doctrine-style censorship.

Washington, D.C. (Vocus/PRWEB ) August 15, 2009 -- Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski recently appointed Mark Lloyd, a former senior fellow at the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress (CAP), to be the FCC’s “Chief Diversity Officer.” Lloyd is a proponent of the Fairness Doctrine and recently wrote that the Doctrine, and other regulatory tools such as localism and diversity mandates, should be employed by the FCC to limit the number of conservative voices on the air and supplant them with liberal voices. He also suggests fining conservative radio stations up to $250 million and giving the proceeds to national public radio. According to polling conducted by Zogby International and The O’Leary Report, most American voters disagree with what Lloyd prescribes.

The Zogby/O’Leary poll shows that 66 percent of American voters oppose efforts by the FCC to force localism and diversity mandates on broadcasters. A large majority of Independent voters (75 percent) oppose the mandates, as do 67 percent of young voters age 18 to 29. Even a plurality of those who voted for President Obama (41 percent) oppose the localism and diversity rules, while 39 percent of Obama voters support them. (The poll surveyed 3,937 voters April 24-27 and has a margin-of-error of plus-or-minus 1.6 percentage points.).

Lloyd co-authored a paper in 2007 for CAP that strongly urges the FCC to balance the airwaves through shortened broadcast license terms, diversity mandates and strict localism rules. “But,” Lloyd writes, “we do not call for a return to the Fairness Doctrine.” However, the report itself reveals this is likely because Lloyd doesn’t think the Fairness Doctrine ever left, and therefore, it can still be enforced.

According to Lloyd and his colleagues: “First, from a regulatory perspective, the Fairness Doctrine was never repealed…The Supreme Court…has never overruled the cases that authorized the FCC’s enforcement of the Fairness Doctrine. Many legal experts argue that the FCC has the authority to enforce it again – thus it technically would not be considered repealed…Thus, the public obligations inherent in the Fairness Doctrine are still in existence and operative, at least on paper.”

Lloyd goes on to say that the Fairness Doctrine was never an effective tool by itself, but rather, was effective as a part of a larger “regulatory structure that limited license terms to three years, subjected broadcasters to license challenges through comparative hearings, required notice to the local community that licenses were going to expire, and empowered the local community through a process of interviewing a variety of local leaders.”

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski recently testified to the Senate during his confirmation hearing that he did not support reimposing the Fairness Doctrine. However, his appointment of Mark Lloyd, one of the Doctrine’s biggest supporters, seems to make a mockery of that testimony.

Many top conservative radio show hosts have formed a coalition called “Don’t Touch My Dial” (www.donttouchmydial.com) to counter censorship efforts by the FCC. The coalition is chaired by nationally syndicated radio host Roger Hedgecock.

According to Lloyd, the success of conservative talk radio, and failure of liberal talk radio, is not because conservative talk radio is more popular with radio listeners, but rather, it is indicative of a market failure in need of a regulatory fix.

To limit the number of conservative voices on the air, Lloyd prescribes shortening broadcast license terms from eight to three years, and allowing “local community leaders” and activists to weigh-in on whether or not a station’s license should be renewed. He also proposes creating regulations to increase broadcast ownership diversity “both in terms of the race/ethnicity and gender of the owners.”

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somnium

Aug 15 @ 1:13PM  
Lloyd’s proposal for enforcing these strict rules is likely to draw even more controversy. According to Lloyd, commercial broadcast owners who do not comply with these regulations would be forced to pay a fine, the proceeds of which would “directly support local, regional, and national public broadcasting.” Lloyd estimates that the fines “would net between $100 million and $250 million” for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which in turn would, according to Lloyd and his colleagues, “cover controversial and political issues in a fair and balanced manner.”

Brad O’Leary is publisher of “The O’Leary Report,” a bestselling author, and is a former NBC Westwood One talk show host. His latest bestseller on the looming threats to free speech in America, “Shut Up, America! The End of Free Speech,” (www.EndofFreeSpeech.com) is available now in bookstores. To see more poll results, go to www.olearyreport.com. To interview Brad, contact Shawna Shriner at (703) 272-1500 or shawnashriner (at) pm-direct (dot) com.

shewolf53

Aug 15 @ 1:41PM  
I don't really listen to talk radio as I just find any of it extremely annoying. I really hate it when a talk show host talks over the people who call in and refuses to let them say what they want. There are some worse than others on this, but I could not really care if they are on the air or not. Although letting both sides have equal time might keep what is getting out there on the air a little more balanced. Most of those who are popular are the ones who play on people's fears and a lot of times do twist the facts a little to suit their agenda. Like I said I have listened to them a time or two and then just decided I really don't care what any of these people think and turned to a music station. What I do not understand are those people who get all their political information from these hosts and go around quoting them whenever you question anything instead of looking into things themselves. I call them the lazy armchair politicians. They want an opinion but are just too lazy to go out and get one.

JMHO
Wordsofwit

Aug 15 @ 1:51PM  
I admit to being unfamiliar with this issue. It slipped under my radar. The problem I have with this post is that the links are to conservative reports. Consequently, there is a bias in the perspective including Fox News when it comes to politics.

I find the issue to be interesting but I would like to see you provide some links to coverage that does not has a spin, slant, or agenda, if there is such a thing.

My gut feeling speaking off of the top of my head, is that there is no point in invoking the Fairness Doctrine on these radio talk shows. The stations that carry these programs know their demographic audience. By invoking the Fairness Doctrine, that forces the stations to run programming that their listeners are not interested in.

Now, I can understand invoking the Fairness Doctrine in television with the the four major broadcast networks. But it makes no sense to me to apply it to local radio stations as they are simply trying to cater to their listeners to remain profitable and there are plenty of stations available a listener anywhere. If the Fairness Doctrine is invoked, a station's listeners will merely switch channels to listen to something that they want to hear at the expense of a business that is driven by advertising revenues based upon ratings.
Dione

Aug 15 @ 2:11PM  
According to Lloyd, the success of conservative talk radio, and failure of liberal talk radio, is not because conservative talk radio is more popular with radio listeners, but rather, it is indicative of a market failure in need of a regulatory fix.
If it is truly indicative of a market failure then it needs to be allowed to fail! Why do we insist on fixing something when it will not "fix" anything at minimum, it's throwing money down the toilet, and propping up a business which is mismanaged, etc.?

To limit the number of conservative voices on the air, Lloyd prescribes shortening broadcast license terms from eight to three years, and allowing “local community leaders” and activists to weigh-in on whether or not a station’s license should be renewed. He also proposes creating regulations to increase broadcast ownership diversity “both in terms of the race/ethnicity and gender of the owners.”
Why should conservative voices be limited? The liberal voices have equal opportunity to be successful. I do not believe in returning to affirmative action whether it is in the work place or the air waves. I have worked on government contracts and know the results of being forced to consider businesses that are not qualified to produce the quality of work required. The result is chaos and the cost is abhorrent.

According to Lloyd, commercial broadcast owners who do not comply with these regulations would be forced to pay a fine, the proceeds of which would “directly support local, regional, and national public broadcasting.” Lloyd estimates that the fines “would net between $100 million and $250 million” for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which in turn would, according to Lloyd and his colleagues, “cover controversial and political issues in a fair and balanced manner.”
This is another form of governmental control. The owners of these stations will not be able to afford the fines, therefore, the will go out of business. Therefore, the offending broadcasters and their messages, will not longer be a threat. The CPB has an inherent slant due to their major enforcer... er supporter.

Great blog - here's a green thing! I am against the suggested FCC regulatory changes.
earthquake501

Aug 15 @ 2:47PM  
Censorship thru the back door. The same way they are wanting to end the sale of ALL guns, but don't have the guts to try it in our face.
somnium

Aug 15 @ 3:03PM  
I admit to being unfamiliar with this issue. It slipped under my radar. The problem I have with this post is that the links are to conservative reports. Consequently, there is a bias in the perspective including Fox News when it comes to politics.

First- the links I provided are two of a list of links I found using 'Mark Lloyds Chief Diversity Officer' using Yahoo! Is Yahoo! liberal or conservative?

The following links is of Mark Lloyds himself in text! That's the only shall I say, 'liberal' response I could find using Google! The next link, is the list of links when I googled Mark Lloyds Chief Diversity Officer! I ask you: is Google liberal or conservative?

Mark Lloyds

BTW- in his text, he refers to Dave Beck's discussion about Mark Lloyds- problem is: his name is Glenn Beck, not Dave Beck!

Google search list

Second- If you're suggesting that my blog is biased, then it's up to you to do some research to refute what I blogged about- even though I present it as an 'issue'.

I always include some form of disclaimer, espousing my disdain towards politicians and politics before blogging on what I consider relevant 'issues' on any subject that may affect our country's citizens, especially in a possible not so pleasant way!

That is what my blog was intended to do- bring up an issue and then form your own opinion based on whatever research you may care to do yourself or... NOT! This is an issue with the present administration and not a political right or left wing discussion as is usually the case, when one wants to confuse the 'issues' and/or present their view point, in a staunch right or left wing 'take it or leave it' political comment- which gets no where fast!

slohand_47

Aug 15 @ 3:54PM  
First of all, when ANY faction tries to take over the government of a country, the FIRST thing they do (besides actually attacking) is control the MEDIA. (not suggesting a coup here, just stating history) That's why freedom of the press is SO important. People need to be informed to have a chance to make good decisions.

Liberals are just plain damn jealous that Liberal talk radio doesn't sell. Lets face it....Damn few businesses are going to sponsor liberal discussion programs.... and liberals themselves are all about spending OTHER people's money, NOT their own.... so even THEY don't support liberal media.

So....... if you "fine" radio stations for broadcasting too many conservative shows..... VIOLA.... there's your funding. OTHER PEOPLES MONEY!
selectusername

Aug 15 @ 4:25PM  
Forget politics. Everyone who gets trapped in its putrid miasma becomes
an angry, confused, chronically complaining victim of the government. Being
a victim is a loser mentality. Read about economics and the stock market and
read the financial headlines. Think there aren't any opportunities? Ford stock
went up over 500% in 8 months. Lots of commodities are up over 100% in less
than six months. Fuck radio. Buy used cd's on Amazon or pirate them from here:

www.torrentz.com
somnium

Aug 15 @ 4:36PM  
Forget politics. Everyone who gets trapped in its putrid miasma becomes
an angry, confused, chronically complaining victim of the government. Being
a victim is a loser mentality. Read about economics and the stock market and
read the financial headlines. Think there aren't any opportunities? Ford stock
went up over 500% in 8 months. Lots of commodities are up over 100% in less
than six months. Fuck radio. Buy used cd's on Amazon or pirate them from here:

www.torrentz.com

DAMN!!!... problem solved!

sugarnspice005

Aug 15 @ 6:57PM  
I really don't listen to talk radio, opinions are too "way out there", and that is for BOTH sides. I want to get my own facts regarding politicians etc...I'll research on the internet. Yes, I do watch Fox News, and I do know they lean conservative, but, on the flip side, I notice MSNBC leans liberal...so to my way of thinking.."fair is fair". CNN, seems to be closest to impartial as far as the news networks on cable go.

But, back to the point....I don't care if the talk show is conservative, or, liberal, each has the right to free speech in this country. Just like we have the freedom to not listen to these shows. To target certain shows because they lean one way or the other...is unconstitutional.
40DWM

Aug 15 @ 7:04PM  
Yeah, I've heard credible story's about what Mark Lloyd and the liberals want to do with their "Fairness Doctrine"
Typical, as from what I've seen, Liberals only tolerate opinions that mirror what they say.
Also have heard how Obama is ready to rumble with Fox.

Perhaps it's because these 'outlets' don't give him high praise and free infomercials?????

There are some that I work with, that say this is proof that he, and his type, are just minions for the Illuminati. True or not, it does give one something to ponder.

It's 'un-American' to be so brutal to stop the voices of dissent'. I'm sure that
Hitler would be proud of what is going on. Stalin could have learned from these people. Mao would have been ashamed to be so vicious.

Take it to the Supreme Court............ha ha, what a joke.

StraddleMyNose

Aug 15 @ 7:15PM  
I have heard about this for the last 6 months now. Anyone who hasn't must have only been watching "news" from MSNBC and CNN. These liberal media networks aren't going to talk about this. They're too busy still bashing Bush and still singing the praises of Obama.

I happen agree with you on this issue. People want to listen to more conservative talk radio than the liberal shit.
manwithoutahorse

Aug 15 @ 8:35PM  
I haven't seen the Zogby poll, but the issue is one of the reasons I, and several other conservative friends, have been scared to death of this administration.

Zogby started his business an hour and a half from me, and in years past has done a great deal of polling for hte democrats and other liberal organizations. If HIS poll shows people upset and opposed to this mandate, it lends credence to the complaints of conservatives.
mjustme12sae

Aug 16 @ 12:35AM  
i listen to alot of talk radio.my radio broke in my old car and i only had am so i had to listen then when i got a different car i had kinda got used to listening to it but anyway the way i see it liberal dems want to try to keep there power and silence the conservatives.after watching msnbc to get my info for a few years i noticed how bias they were so i moved on to other networks and noticed the same things except for fox.and after listening to talk radio hosts i started to see things for what they were.with getting rid of talk radio maybe all of the advertisers not being able to pay a host to endorse their product then obama will have more money to tax these companies to help pay for obama care.just another way to move this country towards socialism.

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