With such a slow newsday – i.e., only one major airline crash and/or disappearance (Air France); only one assassinated doctor (Tiller of KS) and only one major U.S. corporation filing for bankruptcy (GM of Detroit), I was hungry for some real meat to chew on, but could find no good sob sister Octomom-style story save Susan Boyle’s latest meltdown…and the constant nagging question, with whom will she share her story – Larry King, Barbara Walters, Oprah or George Stepanopolous?
To while away the many hours and maybe days to that great gettin’ up in the mornin’ when Boyle boils it down for the hungry American audience, I had to content myself with Mr. Nice Guy – you know, Lou Dobbs on CNN. Just before the top of the hour he was interviewing an anti-fairness doctrine guy named Brian Jennings who wrote a book called – maybe I don’t have this 100% correct: “Censorship: If The Fairness Doctrine Returns, I Might Have To Hurt A Doctor” – or something like that.
His thesis was (is) as follows: the face of the new liberal congress, Nancy Pelosi – ooh, boo, hiss, the modern day manifestation of evil, can’t have a woman like her making decisions that influence our lives – the mere mention of her name makes me want to swallow whole whatever it is that Jennings is serving up – I digress…Pelosi’s evil intent is to require radio to do local programming instead of their God and FCC-given rights to recycle tired and miserable syndicated hack hosts like Michael Savage, Gordon Liddy, etc.
Jennings rightly complains that if radio stations were actually forced to serve the communities they are located in instead of running these bartered shows with third rate Rush wannabes, these stations would go dark and we’d be in danger of losing the voices of Savage, Liddy…and lawdy lawdy awmighty…maybe even Rush hissown self on loan from God.
So remember, if that radio station in your town just runs these syndicated shows and ignores anything local, it’s their right…after all, we gave them their licenses – no charge – power, influence and the right to add to the pile of political garbage that will make them enough $$$ to keep replicated whatever the hell it is that they do.
If they go dark, what will become of this generation of humanoid humorless hucksters and raving anti-Obama opinion spinners? Dobbs won’t let them go dark on his watch…damn the localism…it’s the great enemy of the profit centered-radio business.
Jennings is in the midst of a Bible Belt book tour and back again through the wilds of Tennessee a bunch of times, where radio will crackle with out-of-town talk will pretend to be local and we like it that way. Otherwise, it’s censorship…just ask Jennings, who works for Citadel – the vendor of lot of this poisoned programming, but what’s wrong with a little conflict of interest with a Lou Dobbs stamp o’approval on the line.