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Camille Paglia Eviscerates the Fairness Doctrine

Bob Beckel said on Hannity last night that Democrats' bringing back the Fairness Doctrine is a figment of conservatives' imagination, even though Bill Press, Debbie Stabenow, Tom Harkin, and others have all said it needs to be revived. Chuck Schumer even compared the regulation of conservative opinion to the regulation of pornography.

Camille Paglia weighs in on her fellow Democrats' desire to bring it back and thoroughly eviscerates their position (click the image to listen):


Hat tip: Hot Air.


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Comments (16)

Bob Beckel?Well th... (Below threshold)

Bob Beckel?

Well then, that's all you need to say.

Recall it was he who pushed, and pimped the supposed "bombshell" that Hillery was dropping out of the race due to the phony "Whitey" tape.

What, you're not going to m... (Below threshold)
James H:

What, you're not going to mention Bill Clinton's comments?

Has any legislation to rest... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Has any legislation to restore the Fairness Doctrine actually been introduced?
If so, how many co-sponsors does it have?
Are Press, Clinton, Stabenow, or Harkin currently members of Congress?
Can you name any current members of Congress who support restoring the Fairness Doctrine?
If not will you please quit whining about this?

Oops, Stabenow and Harkin a... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Oops, Stabenow and Harkin apparently are currently members of Congress. My bad.

In any event the Fairness D... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

In any event the Fairness Doctrine is a thing of the past. I WISH there was a way to make people stop lying on the radio and the Internet, but there ain't.

Oops, if you don't think th... (Below threshold)

Oops, if you don't think the silence doctrine is on the lefty agenda then you believe the stimulus bill will revive the economy. Your bad.

Debbie has been paving the ... (Below threshold)

Debbie has been paving the highway of good intentions since she was a Representative in the doomed State of Michigan. Since we have now arrived at the first circle, I am puzzled at her continued efforts to take us to the ninth level of Hell.

Is that "lefty agenda" anyt... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Is that "lefty agenda" anything like the "homosexual agenda" or the Fannie/Freddie plot to make Barney Frank the Czar Of The Economy that Mr Mallow mentioned yesterday?
It's always a plot with you guys, isn't it?

I have a real problem with ... (Below threshold)
Paul Hooson:

I have a real problem with any sort of regulation of free expression of any type. Government was never intended to regulate free speech as a strict reading of the First Amendment clearly illustrates. I may not find everything done in the name of free speech personally very pleasant, but Rush Limbaugh, consenting adults porn, Nazis, KKK members, racists, atheists, Communists or any other controversial speech by any kooks all deserve full First Amendment protections and zero government interference. Anything sort of advocating violence or threats should be acceptable.

Just because Rush Limbaugh may encourage listeners to vote Republican, or pornography might encourage masturbation, or Communists might encourage workers to unionize, certainly are not reasonable enough of "public safety" grounds for anyone to encourage laws to ban any of this controversial speech. Rush Limbaugh, Larry Flynt, or David Duke may offend some persons. But tough. That's part of the cost of living in free society.

I'll defend the right of Rush Limbaugh to broadcast, but I might disagree with every word he speaks. I might feel that most porn is just cheaply produced trash meant to make money, but I'll defend this as well as essentially harmless commercial trash speech. I might be disgusted by the views of David Duke on race issues, but he has the right to speak his mind as well.

Ironically, the same ACLU as Limbaugh and other conservatives often bash will likely come to their defense on this issue and will seek to sue or overturn any laws if they go beyond just crazy notions by some in congress. The ACLU has a fine record of defending controversial speech of all types, and this is one of their best issues in my view.

Fully agree, Paul. The gov... (Below threshold)

Fully agree, Paul. The government shouldn't have anything to do with limiting speech.

(And for what it's worth, Air America couldn't make a go of it, even with real deep pockets to start. People didn't want to listen to it. And I can't see any radio station putting on programming that'll actually drive down their ratings...)

*Yawn* We liberals really, ... (Below threshold)

*Yawn* We liberals really, really, care about getting this implemented, *Yawn* Sorry. Just all this passion I have for getting this, just gets me so fired up *Yawn*.

Listening to the entire int... (Below threshold)

Listening to the entire interview. Despite the fact she professes to be so smart, she seems amazed that the O man has stumbled already. She liked Romney. She hates everyone else except Nancy Pelosi. Yet she hates her package. Its "shocking" she says, yet continues to laud the Democrats. Now there is a case of "doubling" - now she is blaming all the people around him, not him. Now the Free Speech part. "Its immature" she says. "Liberals have a strangle-hold on the media. What more do they want?" She just doesn't get it. Shows that no matter how smart you are, you can be blind to reality. Cool to hear her mock NPR and push AM radio. Ohhh, she equates Ivy League mentality to fascism. Listen carefully.

Paglia always comes off sou... (Below threshold)

Paglia always comes off sounding like she is very impressed with herself and thinks her wonderfulness should be obvious to you, too.

Although for a Democrat, she hasn't been chugging the Kool-Aid, I'll give her that.

"...Barney Frank the Cza... (Below threshold)

"...Barney Frank the Czar Of The Economy that Mr Mallow mentioned yesterday?"

Which I clearly addressed for you this morning, Bruce. Saying a thing over and over does not make it true.

I do disagree with Ms. Pagl... (Below threshold)

I do disagree with Ms. Paglia the majority of the time, but I respect her differences with me when she speaks like this. It shows that she sees what is happening and declares it dishonest.

"If not will you please qui... (Below threshold)

"If not will you please quit whining about this?"

Only if you will come in with a big mea culpa and "you were right" when the legislation is introduced.








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