Saturday, February 28, 2009

Sean Hannity's Favorite Whine Now Moot

Hannity, Rush and the rest of the small minded ilk have been whining about the reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine, saying that the "liberal machine" wants to get them off the air. Well, it was all for naught and it was all for theater, riling up listeners for no good reason other than to line their pockets with more money. When will listeners realize they're being played?
AP: The Senate voted Wednesday to bar federal regulators from reimposing a policy, abandoned two decades ago, that required balanced coverage of issues on public airwaves. The pre-emptive strike against the so-called Fairness Doctrine has been actively pushed by conservative radio talk show hosts who have warned that Democrats would seek to revive the policy to ensure that liberal opinions get equal time.
The 87-11 vote added the measure as an amendment to a bill giving District of Columbia residents a vote in the Houses.
Most Democrats voted along with the amendment, pushed by Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., but said it was unneeded because President Barack Obama has stated he has no intention of reviving the Fairness Doctrine. They added that it is generally recognized that it is no longer relevant with the proliferation of television networks, some 14,000 AM-FM radio stations and the Internet.
Perhaps no one expresses Hannity's irrelevancy better than Lord Tantrum:
Raging Tantrum: You fear-mongering asshole! For months you’ve shrieked indignantly about the return of the “Fairness Doctrine”– despite NO INDICATION that it had ANY chance of passing. Barack Obama did not want to re-institute it. Most Democrats in Congress had no interest in bringing it back.

But you needed something to talk about. Far be it from you to paint your political opponents in anything but the worst possible light.

Your party got their butt kicked this election cycle because their policies failed. You didn’t have much to go on, so you started making things up.

We personally heard you say on your show a few weeks back that “they’ll have to tear the microphone out of my cold dead hands.”
The most meaningful way for Rush and Sean Hannity and the like to go off the air is for people to wise up and stop listening.