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  •  Limbaugh isn't subject to most FCC regulations (4+ / 0-)
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    Smoh, Odysseus, xynz, elwior

    He doesn't own any stations nor holds any FCC licenses.

    The stations that carry him hold licenses, and are therefore responsible for what they put on the air, including syndicated shows such as Limbaugh's. If they violate FCC rules, they can be fined, and in extreme cases their licenses can be taken away.

    However, the FCC does not generally regulate program content, with one or two exceptions such as obscenity and indecency.

    Even the former Fairness Doctrine could not have been used to take Limbaugh off the air. The Doctrine only required that stations make airtime available for opposing viewpoints (a regulation that I would heartily applaud, by the way).

    •  Air talent are now subject to indecency fines, (5+ / 0-)

      in addition to licensees, but what Limbaugh has broadcast is not actionably indecent.  Sandra Fluke has a cause of action in libel, but there are not grounds for enforcement action by the FCC.

    •  sadly, the Fairness Doctrine would have prevented (3+ / 0-)
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      michaelhenderson, elwior, NoMoreLies

      the last 25 years of progressive/liberal failure -IMO that was reagan's biggest legacy- enabling the most successful attack on american democracy in recent time. it has been instrumental in derailing almost every major reform attempts.

       the RW radio monopoly is so successful  as a propaganda tool creating their own reality merely because with the lack of the FD they've been able to insulate large segments of the population from political talk radio alternatives/competition while driving and working.

      even if they own the stations and control most of the content they still would have had to worry about challenge on their own turf- political talk radio.

      certainty sells and the FD would have prevented the GOP and their think tanks from creating the bubble of royal unchallenged certitude around blowhards like  limbaugh and hannity and the hundreds of ignorant lying local wannabes.

      that regulation would have kept most of the carnival barkers in the swamps and used car lots, on a few stations here and there rather than 600 for limbaugh and the 500 for hannity, etc.

      all they need is for someone to get up and yell back 'in their face' where everyone can see it and that's what the FD did to some degree- instead now they have call screeners and paid callers and soapboxes endorsed by our most popular sports teams.

      This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

      by certainot on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 06:45:28 AM PST

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      •  Clinton and Obama both... (2+ / 0-)
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        zinger99, DSPS owl

        ...could have restored the Fairness Doctrine but chose not to. Both were subsequently pummeled in the midterm elections of 1994 and 2010, respectively.

        I'm no longer sure anyone at the top of the Democratic Party truly wants to win; it may be more like Oceania, Eurasia, and Eastasia in 1984; each side wins a few battles, but the war goes on forever, and the brunt is born by the common people.

        Our political system is broken.

        •  the same mechanism that makes an FD necessary (1+ / 0-)
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          JBraden

          makes it impossible to reinstate.

          that's one of those battles for obama that some would conclude they couldn't win and the others would conclude would be about nothing because most liberals think talk radio is no big deal- - but no two words get more immediate reaction from the right.

          This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

          by certainot on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 04:20:35 PM PST

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