Don't resurrect the Fairness Doctrine

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U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, who was recently demoted by former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and replaced by Rep. Steny Hoyer, weighed in on the horrible tragedy in Arizona that killed six innocent people including a 9-year-old child, and seriously injured U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

His claim was that the political rhetoric by those who oppose the morally superior agenda of the Democratic Party has somehow led to the actions of an obviously mentally disturbed man. He blames talk radio and the harsh rhetoric of the right in this country, and tries to link their speech to this tragedy.

His solution is to reinstate the so-called Fairness Doctrine, which in his mind will stop this kind of mayhem by madmen.

I'd like to remind Rep. Clyburn that the Fairness Doctrine was enacted in 1949, and in spite of the rules obvious efforts to control free speech, the assassinations of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy occurred while it was in force. All three of these men were killed by left-wing radicals, including one who was an avowed communist. It wasn't until Ronald Reagan was elected president that this awful injustice was overturned.

Although I disagree with almost everything Rep. Clyburn says, I would in no way advocate a law to stop his right to speak his mind. But the people of South Carolina have to ask themselves if they can support someone who would seek to take away a right given to us by God and reinforced in our Constitution.

Dennis M. Perry Sr.

Evans

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usapatriot
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usapatriot 01/18/11 - 11:39 pm
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If 60,000 people voted for

If 60,000 people voted for Alvin Green, then yes, Clyburn will be sent back. If the residents who vote for Clyburn were asked about the Fairness Doctrine, I doubt more than 3%-4% would come close to knowing what it is.

When liberals cannot win the battle of ideas, they look for govt to remedy the situation.

Nobody listened to Air America. There is not a national market for liberal radio or TV.

PBS has to use tax dollars and seemingly non-stop fund raisers. MSNBC is past sinking. The big 3's nightly news viewership has dropped steadily for years.

In an era of unprecedented choices in media, liberal TV and radio prove to be losers. Once again, here come the "we know what's good for you" crowd trying to use govt to restrict your choices.

They can't win with ideas, so they'll rule by regulation.

Hate talk in the media? If you think this is bad, and it's not, you've missed out on American History. Political rhetoric is tame compared to years ago. I, for one, wish they'd get back to duels and cane whippings.

First Amendment? What's that? Free enterprise? What's that?

Be successful, stick around. Be a loser, so long.

usapatriot
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usapatriot 01/18/11 - 11:42 pm
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Rush had a good one today,

Rush had a good one today, I'll paraphrase.

"No wonder Loughner was smiling in his mugshot. He's got a national political party making excuses why he's not responsible for the shootings."

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old49er 01/19/11 - 05:32 am
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Clyburn is an embarassment to

Clyburn is an embarassment to the state of South Carolina. This attempt to bring back the Fairness Doctrine is nothing more than wanting to silence people whose views don't agree with the liberal point of view.

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omnomnom 01/19/11 - 06:21 am
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It seems rather opportunistic

It seems rather opportunistic of Sen. Clyburn to use that tragedy to push a political agenda. I can't stand Rush myself, but c'mon now, marketplace of ideas at work here.

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rmwhitley 01/19/11 - 07:14 am
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The black bloc is nothing
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The black bloc is nothing more than an extortionist group. Whine and cry when you can't get your way. Bill Clinton, of whom I'm NO fan, is being extorted in the Chicago mayoral race. It's time to end this criminality. It's time to start taxing the NAACP.

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carcraft 01/19/11 - 07:21 am
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Liberal hypocrisy and

Liberal hypocrisy and obtuseness is a wonder to behold- When it comes to any thing gay throw the doors wide and how dare anybody infringe on our rights. When it comes to Freedom of speach well here come the muzzles, gags and legal restrictions..Not to mention slanders and lies..

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onlysane1left 01/19/11 - 08:02 am
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"The black bloc is nothing

"The black bloc is nothing more than an extortionist group."
For one to extort from another they must have power, does the "black bloc" have any power to hold over anyone head? 14% of the U.S population, thats a really powerful group there....

"It's time to start taxing the NAACP."

Yes, let's tax them, churches, girl scouts, boy scouts, Disabled Veterans of America, American Medical Association, the Sons of the Confederacy, The Daughters of the American Revoltion, the KKK, the Democratic Party, the Republican party, the Green Party! Heck, let's tax every group!

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Nativeson1 01/19/11 - 08:58 am
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"If the residents who vote

"If the residents who vote for Clyburn were asked about the Fairness Doctrine, I doubt more than 3%-4% would come close to knowing what it is." I doubt more than 3-45 of those who didn't vote for Clyburn would know what it is. I listen to talk radio, and I also understand that not everything said there is the truth. I also understand that they who hold the purses or wallets for talk radio have an agenda just like any other group that exists for profit. Don't get the facts confused that you are being led to believe just like those you disagree with. Also, all forms of media are suffering in the age of foolish tv and reality shows, and other cable programs. Hearing an alternative point of view for those who are minions to right-wing demigods like Rush and Hannity will not sell because those who faithfully follow them don't want to think about any other point of view because they they really like blaming liberals and anyone not to thefar right for their problems. The problem with the far right is the fact that the middle/independents hold the power, and it is the middle, not the right or left that will decide national elections in 2012. I believe the rhetoric will tone down on talk radio in wake of recet events, so no need for Clyburn and the rest of the dems to hit the panic button just yet. btw, Clyburn is a good represenative for his district and SC, much moreso than Joe Wilson. What an embarrassment, but I guess his folks elect what they can relate to.

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Riverman1 01/19/11 - 09:11 am
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Those who lose power whether

Those who lose power whether in government, on the air or in print demand "fairness" and "civility."

The goal of the liberals is not only to shut down conservative radio, but to fund the big liberal newspapers.

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chascush 01/19/11 - 09:32 am
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Nativeson1, ‘Clyburn is a

Nativeson1, ‘Clyburn is a good represenative for his district and SC, much moreso than Joe Wilson. What an embarrassment, but I guess his folks elect what they can relate to.’
Clyburn is an embarrassment too most SC and I am one of them. The only reason he keeps getting elected is because his district was gerrymandered so it has about 60% blacks. Hopefully with the addition of another representative that will be changed

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carcraft 01/19/11 - 10:43 am
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Chaschush- one of the

Chaschush- one of the benefits of the Republican routing of the Democrates is that a lot of victories for Rrepublicans occured on state level across the country and this will help prevent liberal gerrymandering.. I am not sure conservative gerrymandering is any better but it couldn't be worse...

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Chillen 01/19/11 - 11:48 am
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The Fairness Doctrine already

The Fairness Doctrine already exists. It is called Free Market Enterprise.

If people are willing to listen or watch, giving a show good ratings and advertisers are willing to pay for it, then the show will make it.

If not, well, they'll sink like a lead weight just like Air America, MSNBC, and most liberal programs that are losing badly in the ratings.

No need for government intervention. We don't need them to tell us what to listen to or what to watch.

The incompetence of our government employees and elected officials is unbelievable.

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rmwhitley 01/19/11 - 04:39 pm
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14% of the population that
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14% of the population that has 58% of the whites shaking in their boots because they don't want to be called racist. 14%+58%=72%. How's that for a majority?

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follower 01/19/11 - 04:43 pm
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Native, Clyburn is a good

Native, Clyburn is a good rep?

Followers of Rush and Hannity don't want to think about "any other view"?

All forms of media are suffering?

-The words from Clyburns mouth reveal what he is.
-Considering "any other view" is exactly why we think as we do. We've measured it, found it lacking, and come to a conclusion.
-Fox, Rush, Hannity, Beck, and many other conservative forums are flourishing while liberal regurgitators are floundering. Why?

You have the right to disagree with the conservative philosophy. I support your right to disagree. But you may want to consider why you believe as you do. As you ponder, be objective and don't let the facts become a barrier to your thinking.

As Chillen pointed out, the Free Market works.

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CarlA 01/19/11 - 04:59 pm
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Mr. Perry, I agree with your

Mr. Perry,

I agree with your article 100%. The problem is that the constituents of Mr. Clyburn's district love him and love the government hand outs even more! He represents the "Corridor of Shame" which is a prime example that lack of funding is not the problem in the public school systems or society in general.

I personally am elated that Pelosi was relected by her peers for a leadership position. That just means that the democrats landslide defeat in the 2010 election will repeat itself in 2012!

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rmwhitley 01/19/11 - 08:16 pm
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clyburn is of no substance. I
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clyburn is of no substance. I have never heard a word of fact eminate from his lips. his constituents "love" him because he's a race baiter and speaks to his choir.

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soldout 01/19/11 - 09:35 pm
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Is it racist to ask why there

Is it racist to ask why there are so many blacks in jail? Is the why ever discussed or is it racist to have the discussion. Rev. King may have gotten what he really didn't want when he asked that people be judged by their character instead of the color of their skin. Character is certainly what gets us in jail or keeps us out. Jesus is the answer to the whole mess and everything else is just talk.

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User420 01/20/11 - 12:40 am
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I'm sure the many Native

I'm sure the many Native Americans slaughtered in the name of Christ because they wouldn't convert would say differently soldout...

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Jackson 01/20/11 - 07:04 am
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myfather15. You say you

myfather15. You say you "stupied" in depth? I believe it.
I suggest you read "Trail of Tears" to begin with. I'm not agreeing with user420 but I am certainly not agreeing with you either. Sorry my friend but there is no way to put a spin on the Native American tragedy.

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