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Shibboleth: ‘Public Air Waves’


Radio communications are transmitted by means of electromagnetic radiation whose wavelength is considerably longer than that of light. We can neither see nor hear that radiation; we use electronic equipment to make it audible.

No air is necessary for the radio communication process, between the microphone and the loudspeaker. The electromagnetic radiation is not public; it is generated, modulated, amplified and transmitted privately. Specific frequencies are allocated by the FCC to prevent signals from jamming each other. There is no special magic involved. If broadcasters agreed on frequency allocation and power levels, no government intervention would be required.

Newspapers are printed privately, transported on public streets and highways, delivered to and read by consumers. Those consumers use sunlight to read their newspapers. Who owns the sunlight? Is it public?

Now explain some rational basis why government coercion should be used to determine the content of broadcast speech; why broadcasters should be told that they can’t air Rush Limbaugh’s show, or how many hours of it they can air or what he can or can not talk about.

Now explain why the government should not also control the news and opinions printed in the New York Times & USA Today. After all, they are transported on the public roads.

If they can regulate Rush, they can also regulate what you say and hear on your cell phone. Then they can also control the content which passes through your wireless computer network.

Do not be deceived: the ‘fairness doctrine’ is an attempt to violate the first amendment; to censor politically sensitive speech. Tell its proponents to go to Hell and burn forever!

BCP

June 22, 2007 - Posted by | Censorship, Editorials, Fairness Doctrine, Freedom Of Speech

4 Comments »

  1. DAMN that was good!!

    Comment by snooper | June 22, 2007 | Reply

  2. I can not over emphasize the vital significance of this issue. Queen Hillary & her Royal Court are pressing very hard to get the unfairness doctrine reinstated.

    Consequently, I want our readership to be aware of the central fallacy in their argument. There is no rational connection between method of transmission and censorship. The first amendment applies regardless of the method of transmission.

    If they stop Rush, Sean, Mark and the rest, they will also stop us!!

    We must hit the ground fighting on this one.

    Comment by dajjal | June 22, 2007 | Reply

  3. […] Shibboleth: ‘Public Air Waves’ […]

    Pingback by On The Fairness Doctrine at Conservative Times--Republican GOP news source. | June 22, 2007 | Reply

  4. I reposted this over at Miss Beth’s and Spree’s.

    Comment by snooper | June 22, 2007 | Reply


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