Fairness Doctrine stops radio monopoly

Fairness Doctrine stops radio monopoly

There are 171 comments on the The Morning Call story from Mar 4, 2009, titled Fairness Doctrine stops radio monopoly. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

I like ''talk radio.'' But political conservatives have a monopoly on it in the Lehigh Valley: WAEB is the only reliable one.

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old nam vet

Stroudsburg, PA

#1 Mar 4, 2009
Do like I do . I haven't listen to WAEB in years and years . Pretty simple I think
Tom Paine

Stroudsburg, PA

#2 Mar 4, 2009
Sounds like Jimmy is afraid of someone opposing his Stalinist view, "police the airwaves", Hey Jimmy, thats what the "off" switch is for on the radio. Perhaps you should dial up NPR, you can listen to all the leftist drivel you want there. And how will our overseers handle television, you know, ABC,(All Barack Channel) NBC,(National Barack Channel) etc? I would rather have our legislators working on more pressing problems right now rather than trying to quiet freedom of speech for a few radio hosts.
snowman allentown PA

Nazareth, PA

#3 Mar 4, 2009
Let's see, did these people not rent the time from the station? Since they bought the time, do they not have the right to put any message on that they want to put on? If you don't like it, start your own program and get your own sponsors. Oh, that's right, if it is not handed to you, then you don't want to do it. Don't be so fuxxing LAZY, start your own program, or are you gutless?
Kennethsson

Springtown, PA

#4 Mar 4, 2009
Consider this:

The Bush Justice department forced Archior/Mittal to sell the former Bethlehem Steel Plant in Maryland - Sparrow's Point because of its concerns of Archior/Mittal becoming a monopoly in North America....Now Sparrow's Point is owned by a Russian company ... It is kind of ironic that while politicians may be concerned about the apparent monopoly of Conservative talk hosts on the airwaves that Conservatism has not won the just completed election cycle.

As for myself I prefer the freedom to decide WHAT TO BELIEVE. I don't appreciate any politician making that decision for me ... That is not freedom ... That is not becoming for a citizen ... That makes us subjects to the government at the least, Serfs to the next degree and Slaves in the worst case ...

Whoever is blind to the consequences just because their party is in power deserve what they get ... Freedom requires eternal vigilance and that is not part of the lexicon today.

Members of my own political party have chastized me for my concerns about the direction the present Federal Administration is going.The problem is --- I am not an empty head that in loyalty to the party accepts all that is told to me ... I look into the issue , then decide and then make comment.

JAC

United States

#5 Mar 4, 2009
Do they really have a monopoly? or has the liberal left not been able to put togeather a radio/tv show that can attract listners and advertising dollars?
Conservative

Hellertown, PA

#6 Mar 4, 2009
If enough democrats would support a liberal talk show on radio, there would be one. To hear their message all they have to do is turn on their TV.

Since: Mar 07

Allentown, PA

#7 Mar 4, 2009
It turns out that liberal-leaning people prefer to listen to news, not "angry white men" (what I prefer to call the WAEB format and the hundreds like it around the country).

Like others have said, the radio has an "off" button. It is also quite easy to download or podcast interesting radio from all over the world to an MP3 player.

WAEB is useful for the Accuweather interivews and traffic reports in my opinion, nothing else.
Lynn

Center Valley, PA

#8 Mar 4, 2009
Easy solution - don't listen. You have the FREEDOM to turn it off and listen to one of the other many radio stations - talk or music. This "fairness doctrine" is just one more way the Government is trying to control the way we think - by limiting our options on the airwaves. It is utterly sickening.
Sensible

AOL

#9 Mar 4, 2009
We don't need a fairness doctrine. The market place decides who succeeds and fails.

MSNBC is well to the left of center, and I don't want the government to mandate some politically based concept of fairness.

Since: Aug 07

Location hidden

#10 Mar 4, 2009
Radio waves are the last reliable communications. Now that we are all digital, nothing we see can be relied upon. Photoshop anyone?
Staberdearth

Allentown, PA

#11 Mar 4, 2009
Klink, Let the free market be in the mix here. The last I checked Air America tried to compete in the free market and had its two left a-s-s checks handed to them. Think Al Franken.

So you wish to legislate thought! We all know what that makes you, James... Dangerous precedent, and like the code word "progressive", the code phrase "Fairness Doctrine" is also a loaded one.

When one side plays with words to obscure, fuzz up, and generally misrepresent itself...there is nothing fair about that.

Eschew Obfuscation!
Staberdearth

Allentown, PA

#12 Mar 4, 2009
Richard_in_S_Whitehall wrote:
It turns out that liberal-leaning people prefer to listen to news, not "angry white men" (what I prefer to call the WAEB format and the hundreds like it around the country).
Like others have said, the radio has an "off" button. It is also quite easy to download or podcast interesting radio from all over the world to an MP3 player.
WAEB is useful for the Accuweather interivews and traffic reports in my opinion, nothing else.
Your opinion, like James'...that makes two. Get a few more and you've got yourself a base from which to launch another Air America... Simple, fair...I'm sure that they will carry Accuweather and traffic reoprts as well. What's the issue?
Watchdog

AOL

#13 Mar 4, 2009
The fairness doctrine would greatly increase conservative programs since virtually every TV station would have to air the likes of Rush and Shawn to even things out.

You libs might not like the ultimate result---then what will you want to legislate next?
Staberdearth

Allentown, PA

#14 Mar 4, 2009
old nam vet wrote:
Do like I do . I haven't listen to WAEB in years and years . Pretty simple I think
Absolutely! You figured it out! Unlike James Klink and a few others on this board! I haven't ever given a listen to the local Polka music station...do I want to legislate it off the air so that those who prefer it and actually are large enough in numbers to support it can't have their free choice? NO.

James, take a lesson.
Mr Rogers

Slatington, PA

#15 Mar 4, 2009
Talk radio s-u-c-k-s and has always
s-u-c-k-e-d, it has always been one sided, want to listen to talk radio watch tv, lets get back to basics and have music on talk radio, oldies format has always worked, AEB was always king in music around here but to hear some washed up old f-a-r-ts talking about something that happened isnt my choice telling me to vote republican, democrat, or telling me how good a stock car racer he is when he isnt, yikes, everything these talk show hosts is DEPRESSING about economy is failing big companies failing, time to put these dogs to sleep and bring back MUSIC something that isnt depressing anymore, old classic country, oldies and not have people that sound like they are promoting a boxing match, sheesh, lively announcers like there used to be, wake up staion owners and go back to the basics of radio, news on the top of the hour, weather shorts every 15 minutes and fill the rest with some kind of music, lower the price of advertising so competition can begin again, besides the buying public anymore is 40 to 60, since the lower ages have maxed out their credit, and not put those ages of 40 to 60 out to pasture either.
Wrong info

United States

#16 Mar 4, 2009
Staberdearth wrote:
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Absolutely! You figured it out! Unlike James Klink and a few others on this board! I haven't ever given a listen to the local Polka music station...do I want to legislate it off the air so that those who prefer it and actually are large enough in numbers to support it can't have their free choice? NO.
James, take a lesson.
I think James gets it just fine. It's not about turning off the radio, it's about control for James and his extreme left wing ilk. Government is creeping more and more into our lives and that's what James is shooting for.

Notice they're not worried about print or TV media????(unless you mention Fox news)
JFK

Coal Township, PA

#17 Mar 4, 2009
I pounded Jackie and Marilyn in the oval office! Oh, and when is someone going to moderate the television and print medias? They are both huge parts of the liberal propaganda machine.
Huh

Allentown, PA

#18 Mar 4, 2009
Free Speech dude. I don't want the government dictating who can say what, no way, no how. Even if I disagree vehemently.
cynically crazy

United States

#19 Mar 4, 2009
Fairness Doctrine- Definition- I cannot force enough people to listen to my message so the government must force them.
Kevin T

United States

#20 Mar 4, 2009
Maybe, Mr Klinikowski could burn some books,because they sell more then others

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