Clyburn (D, House Leadership) admits that so-called Fairness Doctrine curbs free speech
In the aftermath of the Tucson shooting outrage by a loony lone gunman who seems to have had no interest in talk radio, the Left has nevertheless stuck with the Rahm Emanuel adage “Never let a crisis go to waste”. I’ll not recite all the details and examples. You know them. I just want to point out something interesting that came from the mouth of the third-ranking Democrat in the House, James Clyburn(D-SC).
The original source for this, the Charleston Post & Courrier does not report his precise words, which I would have much preferred, but they say this:
The shooting is cause for the country to rethink parameters on free speech, Clyburn said from his office, just blocks from the South Carolina Statehouse. He wants standards put in place to guarantee balanced media coverage with a reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine, in addition to calling on elected officials and media pundits to use ‘better judgment.’
I don’t care to debate the merits of his assinine idea. I just want to point out that the Left has always claimed that the spectacularly misnamed “Fairness Doctrine” was NOT an attempt to curb the Right’s voice on talk radio. The Right has always known better.
Now we have Clyburn calling for the “Fairness Doctrine” specifically for the purpose of shutting up the Right. And since his daughter is an FCC commissioner, it’s not an idle threat he makes.
Know what I mean?