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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Freedom of Speech is Inconvenient

Rich Lowry on the Fairness Doctrine:

"The report of the Center for American Progress on “The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio” marks the latest phase in liberaldom’s grappling with conservative talk radio. First came the attempts to create a liberal Limbaugh — Mario Cuomo, Jim Hightower, et al. — that fell flat. Then an entire left-wing network, Air America, was founded, and foundered. So there’s only one option left — if you can’t beat them, and you won’t join them, you can agitate for government to regulate them."

When you couple the intent of both Dems and Repubs to completely ignore the strong opposition to the Immigration bill under review, with THIS little ramp up to outright censorship, EVERYONE should be worried.

Of course, Libs who are willing to decry everything else as a trampling of their free speech rights will agree its a "important corrective". Certain Republicans are on board as well, because they are tired of hearing from the peons on the issues. But no matter, this is an attempt to hand control of free speech over to the government. Advocates will bend logic into pretzels in order to convince us otherwise, but that what it is. If the government gets to say how much of what someone gets to say, and when they say it, its censorship.

I cannot believe this is a serious discussion in the United States of America.

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