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  •  I would support your outrage if you could support (1+ / 0-)
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    your statement about them making decisions based on content of speech.  Please provide support for your assertion that their decision about which programming to make available is based on content of speech.  

    Let me make clear, they can decide on different type of programming -- like so many hours of country music, so many hours of talk, so many hours of Spanish language, so many hours of oldies, etc.  That's like making a decision that they want (if there was an analogous video feed) so many hours of sitcom, so many hours of football, so many hours of movies, so many hours of news, etc.  But that's not the content of the speech.    The First Amendment prohibits decisions based on the content of the speech.  And -- obviously -- that plays most heavily in "talk" programming, which is all about speech.  Content of speech cannot figure into that decision.  They can decide they don't want ANY talk radio at all.  But if they offer talk radio, they cannot -- absolutely cannot, under the First Amendment -- based the decision of WHICH talk radio on the content of the speech.

    I completely agree that it is hard to find a system that goes "strictly by the numbers," but the government must do the best reasonably possible to do just that.  It does not have to be a perfect system that it uses, just one that stays as far as reasonably possible from making decisions based on content of speech. If you have evidence that content figures prominently in their decision making -- for example, if they reject higher-rated talk radio programming in favor of lower rated talk radio programming because they don't like the speech on the higher rated program -- please provide that.  That WOULD  be a legitimate complaint.

    •  I disagree. (2+ / 0-)
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      llbear, nolagrl
      one that stays as far as reasonably possible from making decisions based on content of speech.
      There is NO obligation to provide content that blatantly contradicts their "zero-tolerance policy on sexual harassment".

      Have you forgotten the 'slut' and 'make a porn video for me' incident?

      This is, of course, the difference between republicans and human beings. - Captain Frogbert

      by glorificus on Sat Jul 14, 2012 at 10:16:27 AM PDT

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