Radio Ink Magazine reports - - -
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) told nationally syndicated talk host Bill Press this morning that the recent flips of liberal Talk stations in several markets were a "disservice to the public."
Stabenow said that, in the day of the Fairness Doctrine, "you had to have balance," and continued, "I think something that requires that in a market with owners that have multiple stations that they have got to have balance -- there has to be some community interest -- balance, you know, standard that says both sides have to be heard."
Stabenow told Press that the airwaves are "dominated by one view" that "overwhelms people's opinions -- and, unfortunately, incorrectly," and said that "right-wing conservative talk hosts" are "trying to make people angry and saying all kinds of things that aren't true and so on."
When Press asked if it is time to bring back the Fairness Doctrine, Stabenow responded, "I think it's absolutely time to pass a standard."
To Press' inquiry as to whether she will push for hearings in the Seante (sic) "to bring these owners in and hold them accountable," Stabenow replied, "I have already had some discussions with colleagues, and, you know, I feel like that's going to happen. Yep."
Are you asking yourself, “Debbie Stabenow? Debbie Stabenow? Hasn’t she been a long-time supporter of
If you are, you’re got that right.
Are you also asking yourself: “Why is a liberal like Stabenow worried about talk radio? The largest talk radio network – NPR – is so liberal it makes Al Franken seem like a statesman instead of a comedian. Surely Stabenow remembers that during the recent presidential campaign NPR programming presented Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s anti-white, anti-American ravings as just “snippets?”
Now Sen. Stabenow wants her Dem colleagues and President Obama to set a “standard” for talk radio programming.