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):
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?
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.
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.