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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Listen Up, While You Still Can


"Freedom of speech without the freedom to listen is useless."

Bill Clinton says America needs the Fairness Doctrine because conservative talk radio is sounding "a blatant drumbeat" against the stimulus package. He complained on a liberal talk show on Feb. 12 that "there has always been a lot of big money to support the right-wing talk shows."

Well, there's big money because millions tune in to those shows. Sponsors support programs that people want.

Clinton's call for government-enforced intrusion into the airwaves came days after similar remarks by Sens. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.). The growing liberal affection for the idea of reining in talk radio should send a chill up any freedom lover's back.

During the Cold War, people in the Eastern Bloc literally risked their lives to listen to Radio Free Europe. Even if local broadcasters had aired unfiltered news, the people had no freedom to listen and faced arrest. [READ MORE]


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