Portland aspires to become the “new” San Francisco or Seattle. That means demonstrating that they are smarter, more caring and just better than the rest of us. In order to do this they have to make it very clear that they hold everything and everybody in contempt that is not part of their clique.
Michelle Malkin » Moonbat art at Portland Airport
Kind of like Junior High School, but without the maturity.
What is it? It is allowing people that disagree with them to be heard.
Democrats pretty much have a lock on newspapers and television, with the exception of relatively small challenges from newspapers like the Washington Time and the Examiner. Fox gives them a run for their money on cable TV, but dealing with them can wait until they can deal with the larger threat of talk show hosts that insist on expressing unapproved ideas.
How are they planning on doing this? By making sure that no one is allowed to express any opinion on the radio that is not approved by a bunch Democrat appointed bureaucrats.
They claim it is to promote “fairness”. But when last the “Fairness Doctrine” prevailed it resulted in stations electing not to carry opinion programming at all. One way they can promote this under the “Fairness Doctrine” is to insure that opposite programing slots go to some repulsive opponents. When California was debating banning the State Government from using racial quotas to decide who got what, UCS Riverside held a “debate”. On one side they had those who opposed doing away with racial discrimination and to represent the people who supported the initiative the brought in former KKK Wizard David Duke.
If they get their “Fairness Doctrine” you can expect a lot of fringe dwellers to be appearing opposite liberal hosts. On the other hand, Rush can go out and find someone like Cindy Sheehan to be his co-host and she will become the latest punching bag, just as Duke and the like will be on liberal radio. It might be entertaining but it won’t meet anyone’s definition of “fair”. It will become such a bureaucratic nightmare for the station owners that they will give in and cease offering talk radio. With their compliant owners, editors and reports in other the newspaper and television news Democrats will be back where they were in their glory days of the “malaise” ridden late 70s.
So in the end what we’ll end up with will be government controlled media just like the Soviet Union, the Communist Chinese, and any number of dictators for life like Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez and Saddam Hussein.
When Democrats talk about “Free Speech” what they mean is speech that is free of dissenting ideas or positions.
They don’t intent things to be “fair” any more than they intend to “clean up” Congress and end earmarks. The talks play well with the rubes back home but there’s no reason to actually do it as long as they are in charge and benefit from it.
Iran has slowed down its nuclear work: UN nuclear chief ElBaradei
Iran has slowed down the expansion of its nuclear enrichment capabilities at its strategic plant in Natanz, UN nuclear chief Mohamed ElBaradei said Monday.
He’s only seeing what the Iranians want to show him. Recall his great success with the North Korea, Pakistan, India and Libya.
Al Gores Son Arrested For Drug Possession
Al Gore III, son of the former vice president, was arrested in California early Wednesday morning for suspicion of possessing marijuana and prescription drugs.
Gore III was allegedly driving a blue Toyota Prius at speeds over 100 mph when he was pulled over around 2:15 a.m. on the San Diego freeway south of Los Angeles.
Whatever failings he has with regards to the drug laws, it should be more than offset by the devotion he showed by driving a hybrid. But I’m not sure about the price schedule for drug charge offsets.
Oregon screens a sweet deal – OregonLive.com
Because business is evil…except for rich Hollywood businesses.
Just as Al gets special treatment in so many other areas he gets special privileges from Hollywood. No surprise here. One standard for important party members and another for the rest of us.
It must be nice to be rich and privileged.
Al Gore’s Top-Secret Access for the Final ‘Sopranos’ Episode – New York Times