This week keeps on getting better and better. First, citizens of Massachusetts, the only state to support ultra-liberal George McGovern in 1972, elect a Republican to serve out the remainder of Ted Kennedy’s term in Daniel Webster’s Senate seat. In the wake of that election, we begin to see the crumbling of what seemed inevitable barely one month ago–the Democratic plan to increase government control over health care. The Supreme Court (albeit by a slim margin) affirms the First Amendment, striking down parts of a campaign finance law which regulated the speech of corporations, labor unions and other private groups.
And Air America, filing bankruptcy, ceases “its live programming operations“. Given the tilt of the MSM, guess there really wasn’t a market for their opinions. Too bad Al Franken didn’t kick in some of his $21,066,834 campaign stash. Instead of spending $17.37 for each vote he got (or borrowed), he might have kept his former colleagues on the air. Not that anyone was listening.
Seems Al took in about one dollar for every American who listens to Rush Limbaugh’s show.
In response to a remark by Sam Seder, who, until last year, hosted programs on the now bankrupt network that, “Radio is a dying industry“, Ann Althouse quipped, “Well, that‘s got to find its way into Rush Limbaugh’s “stack of stuff” for tomorrow.”
Michelle, however, warns us not to gloat too much:
They’re still swinging the Fairness Doctrine noose. When they can’t compete in the marketplace, the Left will use the power of government to squash their competitors.
I’m hoping that a Supreme Court which struck down major portions of a campaign finance law will strike down the “Fairness Doctrine” which would also serve to regulate speech.
UPDATE: Wonder if this would have been a better title, Guess Fairness Doctrine will come too late to save Air America.