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  •  It is related to the Fairness Doctrine (5+ / 0-)

    but (as the linked documents indicate) the Fairness Doctrine is currently dead, while the Zapple Doctrine "has never specifically been abolished."

    There is one huge market for talk radio, and that is people commuting in their vehicles. It is, in essence, a captive audience that has only been slightly eroded by technological evolution. Whatever options people may have in their online choices, those options have barely dented the ability of broadcast media to be the primary information source of commuters.

    And during morning and afternoon drive times, commuter numbers are huge throughout the nation.

    "People that want right-wing news and commentary have, and should have, places they can go to get it."
    Of course! No one here is contemplating taking that away.

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    by Richard Myers on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 12:02:10 PM PST

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    •  But its so similar in reasoning... (0+ / 0-)

      I'd imagine it could be safely ignored by broadcasters.  No way the FCC takes active steps to kill and bury explicit fairness requirements and then puts teeth behind Zapple.

      And you really couldn't even sue to force them with Red Lion hanging over your head.  Every year the courts would give this relic less and less relevance.

      I dunno...odd that its still on the books, but that seems more oversight then anything...

      Good luck though,

      Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

      by Wisper on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 12:10:25 PM PST

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    •  Sorry, still not buying it... (3+ / 0-)
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      SilentBrook, FG, 207wickedgood

      I drive all the time. So do my friends and family.

      Nobody listens to talk radio. Not one of us. Heck, most of my friends have satellite radio. Myself, I connect my iPod to the player.

      I think you're offering a solution for which a problem does not exist.

      You're trying to regulate the size of buggy whips.


      The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it -- GB Shaw

      by kmiddle on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 12:46:43 PM PST

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      •  Get out of your bubble (0+ / 0-)

        Sounds like you're living inside your wealthy hipster high-tech bubble and are completely unaware of the huge percentage of the population that still relies on traditional media sources.
        (see my reply to your previous comment)
        And guess what? Those uncool old-timers you've apparently never met - they vote. In fact, 70% of listeners to old-fashioned terrestrial talk radio vote. Far more than the general population. So you ignore their "buggy whips" at your own peril.

      •  if there were decent progressive talk radio (0+ / 0-)

        some people who do not now listen to talk would.  I listen to NPR and some alternatives would be nice.

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