Friday, February 20, 2009

Open Letter From Rush to Obama

Dear President Obama:

I have a straightforward question, which I hope you will answer in a straightforward way: Is it your intention to censor talk radio through a variety of contrivances, such as "local content," "diversity of ownership," and "public interest" rules -- all of which are designed to appeal to populist sentiments but, as you know, are the death knell of talk radio and the AM band?

You have singled me out directly, admonishing members of Congress not to listen to my show. Bill Clinton has since chimed in, complaining about the lack of balance on radio. And a number of members of your party, in and out of Congress, are forming a chorus of advocates for government control over radio content. This is both chilling and ominous.

As a former president of the Harvard Law Review and a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, you are more familiar than most with the purpose of the Bill of Rights: to protect the citizen from the possible excesses of the federal government. The First Amendment says, in part, that "Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press." The government is explicitly prohibited from playing a role in refereeing among those who speak or seek to speak. We are, after all, dealing with political speech -- which, as the Framers understood, cannot be left to the government to police...(Read the whole letter)

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"Talk radio icon Michael Savage is joining forces with a Michigan-based civil rights advocacy organization to protect free speech by fighting the return of the so-called "Fairness Doctrine." (Read the whole story)

The Left doesn't realize that if vowed enemies Savage and Limbaugh can come together for a cause...they are in serious trouble. ;)

All this comes on the heels of Democratic lawmakers alluding to the reinstatement of the "Fairness Doctrine" and new stories about how it could be used to "police the internet" as well (source)

Obama's spokesman is saying that Obama does not believe the Fairness Doctrine should be reinstated, but I don't think that answers our concerns. I think we need Obama to promise he would VETO the legislation should it pass over his desk.

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