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The recent election of Barack Obama and a strongly Democratic Congress has put in jeopardy the continued existence of Conservative talk radio. Preferring rules that benefit themselves at the expense of free speech, many Liberals in Congress would rather end the talk radio format than have to compete for audience members in a free market. Since Liberal talk radio has a proud tradition of failing commercially, the proper metaphor would be that they want to “take their ball and go home” by re-enacting what is commonly referred to as the “Fairness Doctrine”.
Many Liberals consider their lack of success in radio to be an unfair “monopoly” held by Conservatives. This is in spite of Liberal dominance of both the print media and at least five of the major news networks. To “rectify” the situation, the “Fairness Doctrine” would mandate that for every opinion given over the airwaves, an equal amount of time would have to be set aside for the opposite opinion to be given…regardless of whether or not the audience is actually interested in hearing it.
This would effectively kill the talk radio genre by eliminating the commercial viability that has made it successful. Radio stations sell advertisements to make money. Advertisers wish to reach the largest audience possible. By eliminating the shows that make a station popular, listenership, and thus ad revenue, will decline.
The genre will be reduced to nothing but cooking shows.
This must not be allowed to happen!
Now is the time for fans of Conservative talk radio to begin the organizational period for what will eventually need to become a full grassroots effort to convince our local members of Congress that we will not stand for passage of the Fairness Doctrine should it ever be brought up for a vote.
Here at SaveTalkRadio.com, we will keep a keen eye on the subject and keep our readers up to date on any breaking information.
In the meantime, we would like for you to enjoy our articles...most of which have a Conservative/Libertarian bent. Yes, we’re biased and we admit it up front! You are welcome to have a differing opinion, but until there is an Internet Fairness Doctrine, we don’t have to post it.