I was wandering around this morning and came upon Ladies Logic and read this wonderful post about the Senior Senator from Minnesota having the guts enough to stand up to Senator Durbin on this Fairness Doctrine that the Democrats suddenly want to ressurect from the 70’s, when they tried it then.
The Fairness Doctrine is nothing more than the liberals attempt to do what they couldn’t do when they founded Air America their version of Talk Radio, that has done so well for the Conservatives, but not them. Since Air America failed, they have been trying to find a way to break into the airwaves to get their words across, seemingly forgetting that they have the airwaves all but locked up with their views on CBS, NBC and ABC, and for the most part CNN, where the only dissenting voice on any of those is Glenn Beck. How he managed to get on CNN is actually beyond me. But I am glad he did.
Here is what Ladies Logic posted: (at http://www.ladieslogic.com)
Sen. Coleman BLASTS Sen. Durbin on the floor
Friday, July 13, 2007 2:42 PM
Senator Norm Coleman has done much, in the last two days, to give conservatives a reason to cheer. In a dust up between Senator Coleman and Senator Durbin of IL, Senator Coleman had this to say about the “Fairness” Doctrin. (H/T AAA via Capt. Ed)
“The government does not — does not — have the responsibility to regulate content of speech. That’s what the first amendment is about. It’s exactly what the first amendment is about. Government’s not supposed to be regulating content. And in a time in 1949 when you had three network TV stations, basically, when had you limited channels of communication, I presume there was a legitimate concern on the part of some that, in fact, government needs to step in and ensure balance. But now we’re in 2007. We’re at a time where we’ve got 20,000, you know, opportunities for stations and satellite, where you have cable, you have blogs, you have a whole range of information. I think it would be — I — I can’t even conceive — I can’t even conceive that the market could not provide opportunities for differing positions because it does. And in the end — in the end, consumers also have a right based on the market to make choices. And so if they make choices that say we want to hear more of one side than the other, that’s ok okay. And I think it’s very dangerous, I say to my — my friend from Illinois, I think it’s very dangerous for government to be in the position of deciding what’s fair and balanced. Because as we see on the floor of the senate, oftentimes amongst ourselves, learned — hopefully learned individuals who’ve the great humble opportunity to serve in the US Senate, we have differences as to what is fair and balanced. And so the reason I think we have a First Amendment is that we get government out of — out of the — the measuring, controlling, dictating, regulating content and that’s my concern. …
John Kennedy stated, “we are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.” Mr. President, I’m not afraid of of — of the people. I’m not afraid of the people having access to the in information, ideas that they want to have access to. But I am afraid of the government stepping in and regulating content. We have a first amendment. That’s the underpinning, the foundation of all the other amendments. The fairness doctrine flies in the face of that. It was rejected. It was rejected in 1987. The idea of bringing it back today is a very, very bad idea. This amendment specifically includes the Armed forces network. Our folks are out there on the front line fighting. They should be able to tune into whatever they want to tune into and they shouldn’t be thinking that back home someone at the FCC is listening and monitoring and deciding what is fair and what is balanced. Let the people decide. Let the market decide. Let the first amendment flourish.
Mr. President, with that, I yield the floor.” (emphasis mine)
I’ll look for audio/video later, but in the meantime I have to say “Salut” to Minnesota’s senior Senator. Well done!
First off, I have to say she is right here. Salute! to the senior Senator of Minnesota. Senator Durbin, one of those liberals that opens his mouth without thought about what is coming out of it never has anyone ever seem to say “hey Durbin your wrong here” finally has. And I am proud to say that Senator Norm Coleman is the one who did it. I add my Salute to you Senator, and also add a BRAVO too. The rest of you whimpy Republicans out there can learn from this and stand up too. Whether or not you think you have them…..you do have a backbone. Start using it.
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