The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

17 December 2008

Anna Eshoo (D-CA) To Push For Talk Radio, Cable, Satellite Censorship


Bay Area Democrat Will Push For Broadcast Censorship

For months, left-wing supporters of the Democratic Party have insisted that their incoming regime has no intention of curtailing free speech on the radio. They've even ridiculed conservatives for suggesting otherwise!

At the same time, however, their elected representatives have repeatedly made public statements calling for the reinstatement of so-called "Fairness Doctrine", which would likely bring an end to talk radio as we know it today.

Now, we can add another Dem's name to the list: far-left Representative Anna Eshoo (D-CA), who represents an oddly-shaped district covering portions of the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Areas.

Not content to merely silence Rush Limbaugh, however, Eshoo would take her crusade to cable and satellite broadcasts as well. Could they shut down the Fox News Channel as well as commercial talk radio? How about XM - Sirius?

Anna Hush-You would tackle them all in a way that would make Vladimir, Hugo and Fidel proud, not to mention her new friend in the White House.

In a print-only interview with the Palo Alto Daily Post, Eshoo told a reporter that she would push for broadcast censorship in the next Congress. That caught the attention of Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner, who vows to fight such a proposal, according to Broadcasting & Cable:

“The so-called ‘Fairness Doctrine’ would restrict free speech on the public airwaves, stifling dissent at a time when an open national dialogue about our country’s future is essential," said Boehner in an e-mailed statement Tuesday a copy of which was supplied to B&C.

"The American people do not believe the federal government should be in the business of dictating or restricting the content of political speech. I’m troubled by Rep. Eshoo’s comments, and my hope is that President-elect Obama will speak out against efforts by members of his party to use their majority power to limit free speech and dissent.”

Boehner was responding to an interview Monday in which Eshoo, a member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee whose chair will be fellow Californian Herny Waxman, told the paper: "I’ll work on bringing it back. I still believe in it,” and adding that she would want it to apply to cable and satellite rather than just radio and TV.

Also noting Boehner's reaction, P J Gladnick of NewsBusters had this response:

Wow! Talk about over the edge. Will Eshoo next institute the "Fairness Doctrine" to private conversations? Talk about not being an advocate of free speech. Fortunately, some Republicans are starting to wake up from their long slumber...

Yes, it's nice to see Republicans once again willing to take a stand on a key issue, but what's more important is that free-speech proponents now have more than enough evidence to use against those who still foolishly claim Democrats aren't planning a crackdown against talk radio. At least a half-dozen elected members of Congress are now on record as saying they support this type of proposal.

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  • You are either with Obama or you are with the terrorists

    sound familiar?

    good for Eshoo, she is fighting terrorism, in the form of conservative insurgents

    now either accept Obama, and respect Obama or be labeled a terrorist

    sound familiar?

    you did it

    conservatives against Obama are terrorists and should be treated as such

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 17 December, 2008 13:15  

  • Wasn't it you guys that said that dissent was the highest form of patriotism?


    By Blogger Mike Pittman, at 18 December, 2008 08:07  

  • Yes V.W.

    dissent is a form of patriotism, I'm just giving you a taste of the same sick Anti-American mentality, the right gave to the left when W was in his hay day. You are with us or with the terrorists.......

    How does it feel?

    I personally do not care if you dissent against Obama, go for it, however the radical right, called anyone who questioned Bush's Iraq war as being with the terrorists.]
    funny how you forget...

    So now I use the right's same words on the radical right, themselves....

    how does it feel?

    Funny how that works, cons have the right to dissent, when liberals do it, we are terrorists and Anti-American

    how does that work?

    Libs attack Bush= terrorists
    cons attack Obama (before he takes one legislative action)= patriotic

    so how does that work?

    I get it, only conservatives can dissent...... This is why I call you fascists, onlty one view point is acceptable in the world of the wing nut.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 18 December, 2008 11:14  

  • Con, I have never said dissent wasn't OK. It's a great thing. Never would I stop you. I've spent most of my life working to ensure you have that right.

    If anyone is for the fairness doctrine, I question their commitment to the Constitutional right of free speech.

    Chill Pal!


    By Blogger Mike Pittman, at 18 December, 2008 20:35  

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