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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy


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The Arizona Republic reports on efforts to counter the anti-immigrant steady drumbeat heard on conservative talk radio stations (see my post on Michael Savage from earlier this week). Some are advocating bringing back the "fairness doctrine" requiring stations operating on the public's airwaves to present opposing viewpoints when it presents political commentary.  And some groups are organizing boycotts against advertisers who support hate radio.  In any case, it's important that the narrative being heard on talk radio be challenged and that the public hears other views.

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  1. TX's Avatar
    Greg, I have heard about the "fairness doctrine" and I hear that it's scaring the pants off of the radio talk show hosts. However, I highly doubt that congress would be able to bring it back and the president signs the law. Remember, this is the same present that invited radio talk to show hosts such as Gallagher, Hannity and Ingram to personally meet with them. Great how that turned out huh, these same losers helped derail his highest domestic priority. I guess we will see after the 2008 election.

    I don't know if you recall, but last year, around this same time a group tried to boycott Lou Dobbs by going after AOL. It didn't work. I don't know what it will take to take Lou Dobbs off the air. Even his incorrect statements about Leprosy doesn't prompt CNN to apologize, I don't know what it will take make CNN fire him. It's a shame what journalism in this country has come to.
  2. In Immigration Limbo's Avatar
    Just couldn't resist putting in my $.02 worth. The freedom enjoyed by Americans, including freedom of speech is one of the reasons I want to become an American in the first place. I don't like the fairness doctrine one little bit. I sure don't feel like I didn't get a chance to hear both sides of the CIR debate. Freedom of the press just shouldn't be diddled with, and this includes the freedom to make statements I don't agree with. In any case, I think talk radios influence is being overblown in regards to CIR.
  3. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    I generally agree on press freedoms, but do offer the reminder that radio and television channels are a limited commodity offered up the government. Given these airwaves belong to the people, there is an argument for the fairness doctrine.

    I would say that the same argument wouldn't apply to satellite radio or television, cable-only channels or the Internet where public ownership of the airwaves is not an issue.

    Boycotts can be very effective if they are well organized and publicized.
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