“I think the Fairness Doctrine ought to be there and I also think equal time doctrine ought to come back. I mean these are the people who wiped out one of the most profound changes in the balance of the media is when the conservatives got rid of the equal time requirements. And the result is that, you know, they’ve been able to squeeze down and squeeze out opinion of opposing views and I think it’s been an important transition in the imbalance of our public…”Frightening. As I read the first amendment, there is some reference to a "freedom" of the press, which as I understand it means the government should not really have control over media output, whether it be liberally biased, or conservatively so, or just plain lame and uninformative. I suppose Kerry has never picked up a copy of tiny papers like the LA Times or the New York Times to see just how well a few AM radio discussion shows have completely controlled public opinion and squashed the expression of differing opinion. Amazingly, Kerry focuses on a single forum, and idiotically suggests that since this particular form of editorial expression is not in sync with his vision of tyranny, then they must be controlled. Does he address the one-sidedness of the satirical news programs on cable TV networks? Of course not. The editorial pages of major newspapers or magazines? Nah.
The most insulting implication of his quote is the idea that if someone holds a view differing from his own, then they must be brainwashed. Talk radio must be warping the opinions of the American public, rather than the public forming their own opinion and tuning in to programs that represent their views. What utter arrogance to think those that disagree with Kerry are too stupid to formulate their own opinions. They must just be parrots, unable to think for themselves. Beyond wet-dreams of dictatorship, there is no excuse for Kerry's threats on free expression in this nation. If a leftist types up a blog, calling for activism, then he or she is probably a hero and a leader in Kerry's eyes; but if a conservative does the same vocally over a different medium, that broadcaster is a mesmerist and disrupter.
Everyone across the political spectrum who cherishes liberty and personal freedom should be sickened to the core at Kerry's (and other Senators') calls for totalitarianism. Except for governmentally sponsored networks, the government has no right to be ramrodding some insane concept of "equal time requirements" down the throats of privately owned forums. And most especially not some doctrine aimed at a tiny segment of the media overall, and at particular opinions and stances of one group of people. What about rock music stations playing a song bashing George Bush? Will they then be required to play a pro-Bush song right after? Or at least provide equal time for a right-wing pundit to debate the lyrical content of the song? How about Christian stations? Will they be required to provide equal time to atheists and muslims?
Whether or not you agree with anything said on talk radio at all, you should respect and defend the rights of these individuals and stations to say whatever the fuck they want. Challenge their ideas all you want, wherever you want. The sphere of public debate encompasses more than any single medium. But for God's sake, don't take the socialist route and attempt to control speech and thought and challenge their RIGHT to speak and express their views. And don't be a big fucking cowardly loser baby, and stamp your feet like a worthless shithead over the idea that huge segments of the population just simply disagrees with you. Calling Kerry a "pussy" would be an insult to female body parts. Enough of your political tantrums. I've heard liberals and Democrats bitch and moan about the dangers Republicans pose to "civil liberties," (and sure a lot of them call for similarly detestable legislation), but they're no better. Honestly, fuck the whole lot of you, those of you, especially our "leaders," who wrap yourselves in the Constitution and pay lip-service to it while at the same shit all over it.
John Kerry, as horrible of a President as Bush has turned out to be (fiscally un-conservative, inept as a commander in chief, a downright traitor on the issue of illegal aliens), you would have been 1,000 times worse. Or maybe just 999 worse. But we might as well have had Hugo Chavez as our top executive as you. He likes to punish members of the media for disagreeing with him too.
I'm a little pissed that Obama didn't give me a chapter to express my views about him in his book. What are you going to do about that?