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Were the FCC given the power to police political speech for any lack of fairness, it’s safe to assume that violations would be found in droves, because that’s the whole point of the agency.
WITH A DEMOCRATICALLY controlled Senate and potential Democratic White House in 2009, current commissioner Michael Copps may soon hold the title of chairman, giving the FCC a 3-2 Democratic majority.
This should be pleasant news for Senator Dorgan, whom Copps said has, “Struck a blow for localism and diversity in a media environment crying out for more of both.”
Copps is right — in at least one sense. Consumers are crying out for diversity and local content and getting more of both in spite of government regulations.
A Chairman Copps is the last thing the American media market needs. Instead, it needs an Alfred Kahn for the digital age. Kahn dismantled the corrupt and anti-consumer Civil Aeronautics Board, earning him a coveted place in history as the final chairman of an unnecessary agency.
Channeling Justice Holmes, Kahn once remarked when speaking about his victories at the CAB that “The key point is that the market decides, not a bunch of know-it-alls in Washington.” That’s true for airlines and doubly true for free speech.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?