Word on the street this evening: Barack Obama is not in favor of reinstating the so-called "Fairness Doctrine". That said, the fascistic efforts to silence conservative opinion aren't over. Not by a long shot.
Liberal watchdog groups like the ill-named "FreePress" are funding astroturf websites. Examples include Stop Big Media and Reclaim the Media. These sites rally support for government oversight and control of "corporate media giants".
Aside from egregious violations of the First Amendment, these efforts are thinly veiled attempts to create local Politburos that would have the power to pick and choose media content.
Their intent, while disguised, is crystal clear: shut down conservative talk radio and silence dissent. Got Stalin?
Pelosi Dismantles Congressional Version of Fairness Doctrine
More amazing than this direct assault on the Constitution is the following little-publicized story. Just last month, Nancy Pelosi changed House rules so that Republicans can't propose bills.
That's right: Pelosi and her ultra-partisan hacks destroyed the Congressional version of the Fairness Doctrine ("Pelosi Erases Gingrich’s Long-Standing Fairness Rules"):
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to re-write House rules today to ensure that the Republican minority is unable to have any influence on legislation. Pelosi’s proposals are so draconian, and will so polarize the Capitol, that any thought President-elect Obama has of bipartisan cooperation will be rendered impossible before he even takes office...
The original House fairness rules were put in place under Republican control of the House, to ensure that the minority Democrats had a voice. The rules survived for 15 years. Now they're history.
See how it works?
It's easy to understand
When it silences conservative talk radio, Democrats favor the Fairness Doctrine.
And when it silences conservatives in Congress, Democrats oppose the Fairness rules.
What can one call it... but fascism?
Update: Hyper-partisan thug Waxman looks to extend "Fairness" to web.