Rush Limbaugh’s WSJ op-ed asks Obama to rule out all forms of content-monitoring and control on radio.
I have a straightforward question, which I hope you will answer in a straightforward way: Is it your intention to censor talk radio through a variety of contrivances, such as “local content,” “diversity of ownership,” and “public interest” rules — all of which are designed to appeal to populist sentiments but, as you know, are the death knell of talk radio and the AM band?
Limbaugh reminds the President that the primary purpose of the First Amendment is to prevent the government from restricting critical political speech.
The fact that the federal government issues broadcast licenses, the original purpose of which was to regulate radio signals, ought not become an excuse to destroy one of the most accessible and popular marketplaces of expression. The AM broadcast spectrum cannot honestly be considered a “scarce” resource.
Will Obama answer Rush? Probably not.
Will a reporter ask him at his next press conference? Good luck with that.