Friday, August 1, 2008

The Never-Ending Quest to ‘Hush Rush’

From NRO:
It takes some big numbers to measure Rush Limbaugh’s success — 20 million listeners, a $400 million contract. But the best index of Limbaugh’s effectiveness can be found in a much smaller figure, somewhere between a few dozen and a few hundred, which is the number of Democratic-party officials and liberal advocates who want to use the law to shut him up.Limbaugh, now celebrating his 20th year as a national radio host, is single-handedly responsible for a movement on the part of some Democrats to revive the “Fairness Doctrine.” With origins in the earliest laws regulating radio, the Doctrine became, by the time a young Rush Limbaugh entered radio in the 1970s, a de facto ban on editorializing. Had the Reagan-era Federal Communications Commission not done away with it in the 1980s — it was a patently unconstitutional limit on the First Amendment rights of broadcasters — Limbaugh’s career would never have happened. (more)

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