Note to Twin Cities’ Leftybloggers: Please, please try to get your facts straight when you want to try to noodle about with issues I genuinely care about. You might get Haugenned.
HOLY CRAP, the Democratic leadership in Congress is pushing the Fairness Doctrine. Who are the magical creatures that can pass a doctrine without nary a bill in existence?
Dear LITLOC: Congresspeople, thanks to the miracle of “voices”, the “First Amendment” and “the Media”, can say things outside the context of “bills”. For example, they can tell a reporter “It’s time to reinstitute the Fairness Doctrine. I have this old-fashioned attitude that when Americans hear both sides of the story, they’re in a better position to make a decision.” That’d be Dick “Turban” Durbin. Bear in mind, he said that without authoring a bill on the subject.
And – just so’s you learn something, LITLOC – let’s be clear; Congress needn’t pass a single bill to reinstate the “Fairness” Doctrine. If Obama puts three pro-Doctrine members on the FCC Board, the “Doctrine” can become fact again by executive fiat; no legislation will be needed, beyond confirmation hearings. This, indeed, is the most dangerous scenario for supporters of free speech; Obama (and the smarter Dems) don’t want to pee on the third rail by legislating censorship – but how much political capital do you think Obama will burn getting in the way of an allied bureaucracy doing it for them?
Seriously, I thought Mitch Berg was supposed to be the smart one.
Among conservative bloggers? No. I’m the cute one.
Compared to Twin Cities’ leftybloggers? In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
Do your homework, kids. You’re gonna need to.