Bill Press is off the air

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by 45nut, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. 45nut

    45nut Well-Known Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    The a$$hole calling for the reinstatement of the "Fariness Doctrine" is off the air because his boss wants to air financial advice.

    It couldn't have happened to a more worthy candidate! :D :D

    Excerpts from the article:
    Until the other day, he was host of the morning drive-time "Bill Press Show" on OBAMA 1260 AM radio in Washington, D.C. That is, until the owner of OBAMA 1260 decided to end all political programming on his network and replace it with financial advice. Now, once again, Bill Press is looking for work. And he seems to have found it: He is writing a book about talk radio, and has embarked on a crusade to restore the Fairness Doctrine in broadcasting.

    The reason, as he explained the other day in the Washington Post, is that talk radio is largely dominated by conservatives, while liberals are not only outnumbered, but scarcely heard on the air. This is not because left-wing radio
    hosts and their programs--Al Franken, for example, or Jim Hightower--have failed to find national audiences, but because (in Press's words) "the only reason there's not more competition on American airwaves is that the handful of companies that own most radio stations do everything they can to block it. In many markets .  .  . they join in providing no outlet for progressive talk."

    It is not often that a mere two sentences perfectly capture both the progressive rationale for reviving the late, unlamented Fairness Doctrine and the reason liberals flop on talk radio; but Bill Press, to his credit, has written them.

    First, two propositions: Many progressives don't believe in market forces; and most progressives--like most politicians--have decidedly mixed feelings about the First Amendment. From Bill Press's perspective, the fact that left-wing talk radio has been largely unsuccessful is the fault not of left-wing talk radio but of Corporate America--or, as he describes them, "the handful of companies that own most radio stations." Because Bill Press cannot imagine that listeners find him consistently resistible (as they seem to do) it must be the fault of the right-wing capitalists who own the radio stations and conspire to keep liberals like Bill Press off the air.

    This is not only delusional, so far as the evidence is concerned, but represents a near-total misunder-standing of the corporate/capitalist mind. The truth, of course, is that if Barbara Boxer or Barney Frank or any other progressive, famous or obscure, had a radio talk show that garnered high ratings and earned millions in advertising revenue, "the handful of companies that own most radio stations" would be climbing over each other to sign them up. The idea that station owners would refrain from making money for ideological reasons is not only laughable, but insulting to the basic instincts of most people in business. Somebody who calls his radio station OBAMA 1260 is not going to collude with other owners to keep the airwaves liberal-free.

    Which brings us to the Fairness Doctrine. Since the Democrats regained control of Congress in 2007 there has been increasing discussion of reviving the Fairness Doctrine--actually an FCC regulation, not an act of Congress--which was repealed in 1987. The ostensible reason for the Fairness Doctrine, instituted in 1934, was to ensure "balance" in the coverage of public issues; its practical effect was to banish nearly all discussion of public issues on radio and television for the next half-century. That is the reason why the doctrine was revoked 22 years ago, and why conservative talk radio has flourished ever since.

    Now, the fact that conservatives have succeeded, and liberals failed, in this realm has driven Democrats to a notably anti-democratic position on the question. Here, for example, are declarations from two of the most egregiously partisan Democrats in the Senate, Dick Durbin of Illinois and Tom Harkin of Iowa. "I have this old-fashioned attitude," says Durbin, "that when Americans hear both sides of the story, they're in a better position to make a decision." And Harkin, in his cruder, more direct fashion, recently told none other than Bill Press: "We gotta get the Fairness Doctrine back in law again."

    Of course, the reason Senators Durbin and Harkin and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan and Dianne Feinstein of California yearn to revive the Fairness Doctrine is that it would precipitate the end of conservative talk radio. And they have the power to do this. The FCC is theoretically empowered to demand "balance" (and punish transgressors) because
    the airwaves are public property, and Congress reserves the right to regulate what it claims.

    That is why neither Dick Durbin nor Tom Harkin--nor even Bill Press--has expressed the slightest concern about "balance" or "both sides of the story" in, say, the nation's daily newspapers or news magazines or in Hollywood or the book publishing trade. In the one place where conservatives have gained a foothold, and might even be said to dominate, congressional Democrats are determined to shut them down--and not by way of market forces, or competition, but through enabling legislation. So much for the First Amendment.

    That sounds fair to me :D
  2. artabr

    artabr New Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    New Iberia, Louisiana
    Not only do people NOT want to listen to this clown, I'd be willing to bet that his book will be a flop also. It would be nice if this guy dried up and blew away. :rolleyes: :mad:


  3. hkruss

    hkruss Active Member

    Mar 13, 2008
    Mobile, Al.
    I wonder where his station or show ranked in comparison to his competitors. Anyone know how to find this out?
  4. 308 at my gate

    308 at my gate New Member

    Dec 6, 2008
    Lost in SW USA.
    Bill Press was on the radio years ago here in southern California. He was a total jerk then and it looks like he still is. I remember hearing him, and how he never could back up anything that he claimed and was always lying about the facts. He got let go down here because no one wanted to listen to him anymore. I believe he was embarassing even to the liberals.
  5. ponycar17

    ponycar17 Active Member

    Feb 17, 2005
    South Carolina
    That's funny but only fair... :D
  6. noslolo

    noslolo New Member

    Oct 15, 2004
    Johnstown PA
    Love to hear it!!!!!!
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