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While fans of conservative talk radio remain concerned about the return of the Fairness Doctrine, one media watcher warns that the FCC might have a more underhanded plan in store.

This week, the FCC unveiled regulations forcing bloggers to disclose whether they’re being paid by companies whose products they post about. TalkFrontier.com, however, thinks these rules might prevent radio hosts from doing testimonials about their sponsors’ products.

Sponsors pay a premium to have Rush Limbaugh and others weave conversational comments about their products and services into regular programming. Losing that revenue would obviously place a “chill” on talk radio – no Fairness Doctrine required.

The debate over the dangers of talk radio continued this week, with the Atlantic and the Nation contemplating “the role of the conservative radio host.”

Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., quipped about Glenn Beck, “Only in America can you make that much money crying” (FREE video); but Cal Thomas and Jonah Goldberg defended Beck from attackers left and right.

Glenn Beck

Speaking of Beck, his earlier book, “Common Sense,” is back on the New York Times bestseller list, along with his new book, “Arguing with Idiots.”

Now Beck fans can win a chance to meet him through a book-related contest:

It’s not often you get a chance to meet a tubby, pasty white, rodeo clown, alcoholic, former DJ in person … but now is your chance! All you have to do is create a video about Glenn’s new No. 1 New York Times bestseller “Arguing with Idiots” and you’ll have a chance to win.

Apparently British supermarket chain Waitrose, however, won’t be counted among Beck’s fans hoping to meet him. The grocer pulled ads from Beck’s Fox News U.K. broadcast, citing the host’s “anti-Obama” remarks earlier this year.

Meanwhile, left-wing “watchdog” Media Matters fell for an obvious gag on Beck’s show and ended up looking ridiculous.

Don Imus’ new Fox Business show got off to a big start when Beck turned up as a guest on the debut episode. Imus kidded Beck that “both Sean [Hannity] and Rush hate you” (FREE video).

A caller to Beck’s show talked about his own ingenious grass-roots campaign, inspired by legislators who won’t read bills before voting on them:

“How do you break a 1,000 page bill apart? Well, if you have 1,000 people, you can read a page in about five minutes. You’ve translated that page into one sentence, then … instead of 1,000 pages, it’s 1,000 sentences. With 1,000 people you can break this apart, have it back, regurgitated in about, I’m guessing probably about three hours, max.

“I’ve got a blog set up that I am posting the bills up, and the concept is everybody takes the last three digits of their Social Security number, and whatever that number is, you read that page.”

Ultimately, people will “translate” bills a bit at a time into ordinary language and post the results for everyone to see.

Rush Limbaugh

A confidentiality agreement prevents him from saying more, but Rush Limbaugh confirmed to listeners that he’s put in a bid to buy the St. Louis Rams NFL team (FREE transcript).

This week there were lots of musical treats on his show, such as his parody (FREE audio) of that infamous song school children sang about Obama.

There’s also a rumor that the song “The Day Obamacare Died,” by Limbaugh’s in-house parodist Paul Shanklin is the #1 cell phone ring tone in America.

Plus: Jeremy D. Boreing penned one of the best articles about Limbaugh I’ve read in a while:

“Rush Limbaugh is hated, in my opinion, because he provides an inoculation in the minds of everyone who hears him against the permeating cultural narrative of relativism, peace through acquiescence, racial guilt, political correctness, redistributive change, and the soft-tyranny of an intrusive government bent on controlling the poor rubes and savages over whom it rules quite unconstitutionally.”

Mark Levin

Mark Levin criticized Obama for going abroad to promote himself rather than the American Olympic bid (FREE audio).

After former McCain staffer Mark McKinnon called Levin’s words “jaw dropping hate speech,”
Levin struck back (FREE audio):

Mark McKinnon, this guy has a very loose jaw and the political integrity of a Sham-Wow salesman. He first worked at the highest levels on the McCain campaign and then resigned because he couldn’t bring himself to campaign against Obama. What a guy. That’s why he’s invited on MSNBC. McKinnon, [David] Brooks, [David] Frum, et al, do not debate substance. They trash conservatives and conservatism.

Levin’s feud with Frum (and with Wikipedia, which won’t remove falsehoods from his online biography) spilled over to Levin’s Twitter account (@marklevinshow) this week, where he told his readers, “Go to David Frum’s posting on Wikipedia and write Wikipedia sucks and cannot be trusted. Please no foul language.”

Dennis Miller

Dr. Jerome Corsi has become one of Dennis Miller’s favorite guests, having even earned a nickname (“Our mysterious visitor from the East”)!

On Tuesday, Dr. Corsi spoke to Miller about his new books, “Why Israel Can’t Wait” and “America for Sale.”

Later in the week, Miller welcomed another personal and listener favorite, author Mark Steyn, to talk about his new book, “Lights Out: Islam, Free Speech and the Twilight of the West” (FREE audio).

Citing Steyn’s recent battles with state censorship, Miller said, “Can I tell you? I think if Obama had the chance to put something like Canada’s Human Rights Commissions down here, he’d do it tomorrow.”

That’s a prospect that should trouble every American!

Michael Savage

Unfortunately, Michael Savage’s
eagerly-anticipated debate at the U.K.’s prestigious Cambridge Union was suddenly called off by organizers. They cited “legal concerns” – that is, Savage’s lawsuit against the politician who’d added him, along with some Muslim terrorists, to her “banned in Britain” list (hence the college’s previous plan to welcome Savage only by video hookup).

Out of left field

Rush Limbaugh may not be able to say much about his NFL bid, but the mainstream media is under no such constraints. Beginning Monday, they’ve broadcast a torrent of outrage about the news.

But why? As Radio Equalizer Brian Maloney asks, “Why do they care who owns a football team? And how many NFL fans are liberals, anyway?

“Perhaps the problem for left-leaning reporters is being forced to confront Rush’s continued financial success, not to mention hundreds of failed attempts by the state-run media to bring him down,” Maloney posits. “Whatever the reason, there’s no question their response has moved firmly into unhinged territory.”

The liberal media insists that talk radio doesn’t have any real political influence – while obsessing over every detail of Beck’s and Limbaugh’s lives.

It’s frightening to think how many Americans still get their news from these media “gatekeepers.”

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