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President-Elect Obama, Congratulations on your victory, on our victories.

Now the work begins. The first order of business will be to re-instate the "Fairness Doctrine" and reverse the policies that have proven so disastrous, even as President Bush rushes to cement his legacy by swinging what the NY Times calls a 'wrecking ball' aimed at destroying rules and regulations on the environment, civil liberties, abortion rights. These are described in detail on the editorial page of the NY Times, So Little Time, So Much Damage, The New York Times. on Election Day.

Call your friends and colleagues from the Obama campaign! Call your Representatives in the House and the Senate. If they are Republicans run against them! If they are Democrats without a spine run against them too! And call the Democrats in leadership positions. Contact Nancy Pelosi and contact Harry Reid. And Congressman Robert Wexler.

The Fairness Doctrine, summarized by Val E. Limburg, on the website of the Museum of Broadcast Communications

The policy of the United States Federal Communications Commission that became known as the "Fairness Doctrine" is an attempt to ensure that all coverage of controversial issues by a broadcast station be balanced and fair. The FCC took the view, in 1949, that station licensees were "public trustees," and as such had an obligation to afford reasonable opportunity for discussion of contrasting points of view on controversial issues of public importance. The Commission later held that stations were also obligated to actively seek out issues of importance to their community and air programming that addressed those issues. With the deregulation sweep of the Reagan Administration during the 1980s, the Commission dissolved the fairness doctrine.

The Bush Administration is doing it's best to cement it's legacy, as described in the NY Times editorial: So Little Time, So Much Damage (Copyright (c) 2008, The New York Times, Tues. Nov. 4, 2008)

While Americans eagerly vote for the next president, here’s a sobering reminder: As of Tuesday, George W. Bush still has 77 days left in the White House — and he’s not wasting a minute.

President Bush’s aides have been scrambling to change rules and regulations on the environment, civil liberties and abortion rights, among others — few for the good. Most presidents put on a last-minute policy stamp, but in Mr. Bush’s case it is more like a wrecking ball. ...

CIVIL LIBERTIES ... in the name of fighting terrorism ... Last month, Attorney General Michael Mukasey rushed out new guidelines for the F.B.I. that permit agents to use chillingly intrusive techniques to collect information on Americans even where there is no evidence of wrongdoing.

Agents will be allowed to use informants to infiltrate lawful groups, engage in prolonged physical surveillance and lie about their identity while questioning a subject’s neighbors, relatives, co-workers and friends. The changes also give the F.B.I. ... expanded latitude to use these techniques on people identified by racial, ethnic and religious background.


THE ENVIRONMENT The administration has been ... busy weakening regulations that promote clean air and clean water and protect endangered species.


They have had less success than we feared, but only because of the determined opposition of environmental groups, courageous members of Congress and protests from citizens. But the White House keeps trying.


Interior also is awaiting E.P.A.’s concurrence on a proposal that would make it easier for mining companies to dump toxic mine wastes in valleys and streams.


ABORTION RIGHTS Soon after the election, Michael Leavitt, the secretary of health and human services, is expected to issue new regulations aimed at further limiting women’s access to abortion, contraceptives and information about their reproductive health care options.


... Mr. Bush ... apparently has decided not to shut down the prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba — the most shameful symbol of his administration’s disdain for the rule of law.


Originally posted to lfurman97 on Sat Nov 08, 2008 at 09:24 PM PST.


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  •  You've copied too much of the article (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    exotrip, bleeding blue, Gravedugger

    violating copyright rules which could get DailyKos in trouble. See Rule #6 for writing diaries.

    You need to limit your copying to three paragraphs and provide more original content ... your own analysis.

    Support Doug Tudor! in his FL-12 race against Adam Putnam, 3rd ranking Republican in Congress!

    by hungrycoyote on Sat Nov 08, 2008 at 09:45:24 PM PST

    •  You may be right. however, (0+ / 0-)

      authorship is clearly attributed to the Times.  

      For more on this topic.

    •  I am not a lawyer, but fair use ... (0+ / 0-)

      According to the EFF

         *   The purpose and character of the use. ... Non-commercial uses are also more likely fair.
         * The nature of the copyrighted work. Is the original factual in nature or fiction? Published or unpublished? Creative and unpublished works get more protection under copyright, while using factual material is more often fair use.
         * The amount and substantiality of the portion used. Copying nearly all of a work, or copying its "heart" is less likely to be fair.
         * The effect on the market or potential market. This factor is often held to be the most important in the analysis ... If you use the copied work in a way that substitutes for the original in the market, it's unlikely to be a fair use; uses that serve a different audience or purpose are more likely fair. Linking to the original may also help to diminish the substitution effect. ...

      The NY Times is a commercial publication.

      1. This post is not intended to and does not seem likely to do anything but sell papers in the future.
      1. The material I quoted is factual and published.
      1. I did quote substantially the whole editorial, because I couldn't really figure out what to cut, and because I think the Times will make the editorial unavailable in a few days.
      1. Finally, while I believe that many Kos readers, like myself, also read the NY Times, I posted an editorial that was published several days ago, that I believe we need to think about and act on.

      However, I am not a lawyer, nor a paid KOS staff. If this violates Daily Kos' policies or Kos' understanding of fair use, please let me know, and I will do my best to revise the post.  I have long called for Bush and Cheney to be impeached because I think they have violated the Constitution. I voted for Barack because I respect the law.

      •  Sorry but time for some editing. (0+ / 0-)

        Hungrycoyote is right the site is pretty strict rules about this stuff.

        However a link to the right place on the Times site will be Ok they keep stuff up forever and they have stopped restricting the archive to only paid subscribers.

        In terms of the issue itself he is clearly violating the spirit of the constitution but unfortunatly not the first one to do it and it is not illegal he is still President till January, (boy do you guys have a strange system).

        However if he can change things in 2 months in one direction by Executive order in 2 months well BHO can change them back just as quickly.

    •  As an author (0+ / 0-)

      I have to agree. But I like your title!

      Our work has just begun!

      by MakeChessNotWar on Sun Nov 09, 2008 at 12:04:04 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Fair Use, Fairness Doctrine, UnFair, UnBalanced! (0+ / 0-)

    Hmm - this is an idea for a thread ... stay tuned!  And I thought I'd be able to go back to sleep.  ...

    On Wednesday morning, one of my daughter's friends told her that "McCain was a better candidate." Without missing a beat, my daughter said, "Yeah, that's why he won!"

    I love my kids.

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