Sen. Stabenow threatens talk radio with 'accountability'

Thomas Lifson
The specter of government censorship of political discussion on talk radio looms larger, as Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan tells radio host Bill Press (via Politico and Michael Calderone):
I think it's absolutely time to pass a standard. Now, whether it's called the Fairness Standard, whether it's called something else - I absolutely think it's time to be bringing accountability to the airwaves. I mean, our new president has talked rightly about accountability and transparency. You know, that we all have to step up and be responsible. And, I think in this case, there needs to be some accountability and standards put in place.

BILL PRESS: Can we count on you to push for some hearings in the United States Senate this year, to bring these owners in and hold them accountable?

SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW (D-MI): I have already had some discussions with colleagues and, you know, I feel like that's gonna happen. Yep.

Radio stations alrrady are accountable to their listeners, which is why so much liberal talk radio fails. A Politico readers notes that Stabenow's husband is a liberal talk radio executive, a clear conflict of interest. How about accountability for that?

It bothers Stabenow not a bit that network TV news and newspapers are overwhelmingly liberal, of course. Should the government attempt to stifle the opposition's ability to operate in the one medium it dominates, I predict a firestorm. And I will out there adding to the flames.

Hat tip: Susan L.
The specter of government censorship of political discussion on talk radio looms larger, as Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan tells radio host Bill Press (via Politico and Michael Calderone):
I think it's absolutely time to pass a standard. Now, whether it's called the Fairness Standard, whether it's called something else - I absolutely think it's time to be bringing accountability to the airwaves. I mean, our new president has talked rightly about accountability and transparency. You know, that we all have to step up and be responsible. And, I think in this case, there needs to be some accountability and standards put in place.

BILL PRESS: Can we count on you to push for some hearings in the United States Senate this year, to bring these owners in and hold them accountable?

SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW (D-MI): I have already had some discussions with colleagues and, you know, I feel like that's gonna happen. Yep.

Radio stations alrrady are accountable to their listeners, which is why so much liberal talk radio fails. A Politico readers notes that Stabenow's husband is a liberal talk radio executive, a clear conflict of interest. How about accountability for that?

It bothers Stabenow not a bit that network TV news and newspapers are overwhelmingly liberal, of course. Should the government attempt to stifle the opposition's ability to operate in the one medium it dominates, I predict a firestorm. And I will out there adding to the flames.

Hat tip: Susan L.