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Is conservative talk radio’s long battle to prevent the return of the Fairness Doctrine finally over?
This week, Julius Genachowski of the Federal Communications Commission assured broadcasters that he was “removing the Fairness Doctrine from the agency’s rulebook.”
The rule requiring broadcasters to “cover controversial public issues in a manner deemed fair and balanced” was deemed unconstitutional in 1987 but remained on the books, to the consternation of conservative talk show hosts and listeners.
“I fully support deleting the Fairness Doctrine and related provisions from the Code of Federal Regulations, so that there can be no mistake that what has been a dead letter is truly dead,” Genachowski wrote this week.
Time will tell whether or not this gesture will assuage fears that the federal government will force conservative talk radio off the air through draconian regulation.
Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign may be over already, if Rush Limbaugh’s opinion counts with voters. This week, Limbaugh opined that if Romney continues to believe in man-made global warming, he can kiss the GOP nomination good-bye (FREE audio).
Speaking of presidential candidates, Limbaugh spoke to Rick Santorum after he announced his entry into the race (FREE audio).
Offering what she claimed was a glimpse into the inner workings of the female mind, one caller gave Rush her theory as to why so many women hate Sarah Palin: “Sarah Palin is a ‘ten'” on the attractiveness scale, caller “Annette” informed Rush, and the women who despise her are all “eights or below” (FREE audio).
This week, Michael Savage unveiled his newly redesigned website.
The cutting edge site serves up a steady stream of breaking news, accompanied by glossy, eye catching photographs. Visitors can sign up to get exclusive updates and insider information about “borders, language and culture.”
Savage mused about attending a new Picasso exhibit. Contemplating the “billion dollars worth of art in one room,” Savage declared that “Congressman Weiner was way ahead of his time,” what with his obsession with body parts, one he apparently shared with the great painter. Savage also psychoanalyzed the Congressman’s “mental illness” based on Weiner’s lurid text messages (FREE audio).
Since conservative media mogul Andrew Breitbart has occasionally guest hosted for Savage, listeners were likely surprised to hear Savage condemn Breitbart’s “ethics” for holding back some of his incriminating photos of Congressman Weiner: “I think it’s blackmail, frankly,” said Savage. “I don’t know whose ethics are worse at this point: Weiner or Breitbart” (FREE audio).
Sean Hannity listened in on Anthony Weiner’s tearful press conference and gave his opinion on how it went (FREE audio).
Three female pundits – Tamara Holder, Andrea Tantaros and Kimberly Guilfoyle – joined Hannity to debate whether or not Weiner should resign (FREE audio).
In a special segment, Russ Spencer of Atlanta’s Fox affiliate shot an affectionate profile of Hannity that included some good natured teasing from his talk radio competitor, Neal Boortz, whose nickname for Hannity is “the baby Jesus” (FREE video).
“Sarah Palin was a hell of a governor.”
That was Mark Levin’s verdict this week, as he told listeners more about the documentary about Palin he took part in, called “The Undefeated.” Levin says the film taught him some things about Palin he didn’t know and recommended it wholeheartedly. (FREE audio).
Levin is less enthusiastic about GOP leader John Boehner: “He’s not a fighter.” Levin calls the Speaker of the House “impotent” and untrustworthy (FREE audio).
Levin also offered an original observation regarding “Weiner-gate,” speculating that there was probably sexual harassment going on in the congressman’s office. “These guys don’t do this just once,” Levin declared (FREE audio).
Laura was away this week, but the show aired her “Republican intervention,” an urgent and inspirational clarion call for principled conservative leadership (FREE audio).
This week, Glenn Beck announced that in September, his new two-hour daily video show will start airing on the web. It will be the first of what Beck promises will be “an array of scripted and unscripted shows.” Futurists predict that viewers will increasingly consume video on their game consoles, and Beck’s production company hopes to get in on the ground floor of this shift (FREE video).
Beck was amused and disgusted to learn that his name had come up in one of Anthony Weiner’s salacious text messages (FREE webcam).
And now, from the left side of the dial …
Having returned to the air after a one week suspension for calling Laura Ingraham a “slut,” Ed Schultz took it upon himself to lecture Anthony Weiner on propriety.
“Where’s the restitution?” railed Schultz. “If it’ll make you feel better out there, with my suspension it cost me thousands of dollars. And it cost me a lot of good will with people that I’ve got to earn back. So I can’t use the crude terms any more, I’ve got to change.”
Why did Schultz insist on inserting his own recent troubles into a scolding of Weiner?
Brian Maloney of Radio Equalizer explains: “Blame narcissism: to Schultz, it’s all about how he’s treated as opposed to ruling-class peers. Any damage to their victims via on-air slander or obscene photos is irrelevant, it’s all about ME.”
And yet “progressives” claim to care only about “the little guy.” It’s all so confusing.