Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Media Giants Try a New Approach

From this morning's Radio Ink...

"In a new paper media attorney Erwin Krasnow is urging the Federal Communications Commission to dispose of its outdated policy that the public actually owns the broadcast airwaves. "The concept that the public owns the airwaves, particularly as it concerns the authority and mission of the FCC is a mischievous notion that has been misused as a rationalization for government regulation." Krasnow says the public-ownership notion is the main reason for broadcasting's second-class status under the First Amendment. It's time for the FCC to renounce this discredited concept."

Second class status? You've got to be kidding me. Each and every one of us would be willing to struggle through that kind of second class status, broadcasting our thoughts through thousands of watts of power. What they're really asking for is second-class responsibility. Not a chance, pal. When you broadcast to hundreds, thousands, hundreds of thousands, or millions, you have a responsibility that is different than the average citizen. If you can't live up to that, get the heck out of the business and spout your first class first amendment thoughts at the neighborhood BBQ to your eight neighbors.

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