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  •  Sounds like "fairness" can be achieved by not (0+ / 0-)

    allowing a single buyer of all stations and more than 10% of AM spectrum in a geography and inexpensive FCC licenses in areas with few stations.  There is no need for government to regulate the content beyond what applies to the Internet.

    The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

    by nextstep on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 06:26:28 PM PST

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    •  That's Reagan's argument. (1+ / 0-)
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      And I completely disagree with it.

      Radio is not an interactive medium and as a result there must be checks and balances upon those who are granted a monopoly.

      Even limiting buyers has been opposed by those opposed to the Fairness Doctrine.

      There is a need to regulate content, especially considering that unopposed propaganda can and has done immeasurable harm to our political discourse.  

      I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

      by detroitmechworks on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 07:07:39 PM PST

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      •  Newspapers are less interactive than radio (0+ / 0-)

        Radios have real time callers into programs, newspaper have letters to the editor a day or two later.  Your argument applies far more to newspapers than radio stations.

        A local newspaper is far more likely to be a local monopoly than a radio station.  Communities with one local newspaper is far more common than a single radio station town.

        Being on specific frequency does not make each station a monopoly, AM and FM bands can accommodate far more channels than a typical newsstand has publications.  Few markets don't have room for more stations - and those that don't have room have by definition many stations.

        I am surprised to see such anti-First Amendment views here on dKos.  Your views are what I would expect from an authoritarian government.

        The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

        by nextstep on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 10:19:29 PM PST

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        •  The first amendment is not a trump card. (0+ / 0-)

          You can repeat that all you like, but the fact remains that the FCC grants licenses over the public airwaves, effectively creating a monopoly.  The FCC chooses where and when they allow speech.   They already regulate speech based off of those with political and financial ability to gain said license.  Is it your contention that the FCC should not regulate power and channels under the grounds of free speech? Should they allow false reports to be broadcast in the interest of freedom?  Should they allow hate speech and promotion of lies because of the sacred institution of the right to shout fire in a crowded theater?

          The public airwaves are a public trust, and not a libertarian paradise where anything goes.  It is precisely the attitude of "Let them say whatever they want" that led the corporations of america to promote and dominate the AM band with hate propaganda for years, under the specious guise of "Freedom of Speech".

          I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

          by detroitmechworks on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 10:49:23 PM PST

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          •  From your reply you must think (0+ / 0-)

            Everything Rush Limbaugh says is true and he never engages in hate speech.  After all the FCC has not so much as made a complaint regarding Rush's speech but you wrote:

            Should they allow false reports to be broadcast in the interest of freedom?  Should they allow hate speech and promotion of lies because of the sacred institution of the right to shout fire in a crowded theater?
            The FCC does not even think it has the power to regulate speech as you claim.

            The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

            by nextstep on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 07:40:20 AM PST

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            •  The fainting couch is thataway. (0+ / 0-)

              Whilst clutching your pearls about the violation of the sacred amendment you may wish to make use of it.

              I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

              by detroitmechworks on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 07:52:45 AM PST

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