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Bill Press vs. Bill Press

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 1:29 pm

Bill Press, February 16, 2009:

First of all, let me make it clear: I’ve never called for the return of the Fairness Doctrine. What I’d like to see is the “Fair and Balanced Doctrine,” okay?

Bill Press, February 8, 2009:

That experiment has failed. There is no free market in talk radio today, only an exclusive, tightly held, conservative media conspiracy. The few holders of broadcast licenses have made it clear they will not, on their own, serve the general public. Maybe it’s time to bring back the Fairness Doctrine — and bring competition back to talk radio in Washington and elsewhere.

Make sure to click the first link and watch Megyn Kelly eviscerate Press on this issue. I’m not always a fan of her aggressive and abrupt style, but it’s perfect for dealing with a dishonest slimeball like Press.

34 Responses to “Bill Press vs. Bill Press”

  1. Dhimmicrats using the word “fairness” , with the MSM and their BD syndrom and their being in bed for Obama, the irony is overwhelming.

    I say go ahead and pass your limits on Conservative freedom of speech and thought, it should be easy to enforce.

    What a bunch of idiots.

    ML (14488c)

  2. It’s Teh Narrative, again.

    Eric Blair (57b266)

  3. Likewise, he (Obama – not Press) won’t confiscate our guns… I’m going shopping for a, well, not a pea-shooter for sure!

    GM Roper who wants DRJ back (85dcd7)

  4. It must be the nuance that has me confused.

    Old Coot (7721b8)

  5. Liberal talk radio is boring. Once they solve that problem they might find the free market tuning in. But until then it’s their own fault and they shouldn’t take it out on anyone else.

    Liberal talking points already get plenty of airtime via network television, cable television and the internet. There’s no need to “fix” radio when the message is being heard loud and clear.

    h2u (4a7c7f)

  6. It is interesting that Megyn cites the “free market” (ratings) as the determinant governing talk-radio, and Bill says that LW talk is crowded out of the marketplace. She says that it fails, and then he cites cities where it succeeds. She says that shows the market works, he ignores her point, and insists that LW talk must be carried everywhere, even where the market has demonstrated that it is not welcome.
    Interesting that LW talk has not succeeded in DC, the one place that you would think it would have a huge audience; except, that Liberal audience is too busy talking to each other about how they are going to expand the power and scope of Government to listen to a bunch of posers on Air-America, et al.

    Plus, Megyn’s a hottie!

    AD - RtR/OS (be6a2d)

  7. Megyn Kelly is hotter and smarter than her “Harvard” friend Elise.

    Obama über alles!!!!! (48dd5e)

  8. Megyn is pretty damn easy on the eyes. Press was for the Fairness Doctrine before he was against it, and then proceeds to make the case for it, while claiming to be against it? How does he keep from getting dizzy?!

    JD (a69124)

  9. Press has always been dizzy, it is his natural condition!

    AD - RtR/OS (be6a2d)

  10. LW talk radio is not entertaining and not educational. And heck, liberal talking points got enough airtime in my little world by about Christmas break during the 6th grade. Courtesy of my public school district.
    The avalanche came during college.
    No thanks…

    Andrew (8a94e5)

  11. And Press wonders why nobody takes him seriously in the reality of broadcast media.

    (Oh sure, he gets talking head invites, but I don’t see backers falling over themselves to bankroll his shows)

    Techie (6b5d8d)

  12. I believe Bill Press has his own radio show that isn’t so hot and not widely syndicated. His avocation of the “Fairness Doctrine” seems like a ploy for more market share he can’t earn on his own merits.

    Perfect Sense (0922fa)

  13. Maybe you should have illustrated this article with a Spy vs Spy picture.

    The snarky Dana (556f76)

  14. It should be noted that Mr Press was making his first statement after OBAMA 1260 AM in Washington changed formats from “progressive” talk to pre-recorded financial advice. In other words, he lost money.

    Like most of our friends on the left, Mr Press thinks it’s the job of government to protect him from failure. But if “progressive” talk radio can’t make it in the District of Columbia, where Democrats outnumber sensible people by a 10-1 margin, and where the White House and Congress are controlled by Democrats, where can it make it?

    How is it that Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity draw such good ratings in such a hostile environment?

    The free-market Dana (556f76)

  15. Let’s offer Mr. Press and his cohorts a deal. We’ll impose the “Fairness Doctrine” on the radio airwaves, but we will also extend it to universities. After all, just as the government’s granting of licenses to radio stations allegedly give it the right to dictate content, so too should the government’s doling out of research grants, student loans, and other goodies allow it to demand that 50% of humanities professor should be center-right in their views. The fact that various state governments directly and heavily subsidize public universities makes it all the more understandable that they would get to dictate the content of the presentation.

    Or do liberals really want to argue that people learn more from talk radio than they do from the nation’s higher education system?

    JVW (bff0a4)

  16. There is no free market in talk radio television today, only an exclusive, tightly held, conservative liberal media conspiracy. The few holders of broadcast licenses have made it clear they will not, on their own, serve the general public. Maybe it’s time to bring back the Fairness Doctrine — and bring competition back to talk radio television news in Washington and elsewhere.

    Which makes ten times more sense than anything Press has ever said.

    Subotai (0d72f2)

  17. Drat, the strike thru works in preview but failed to take when published.

    You can mentally fill in strike-throughs for “talk radio”, “conservative”, and “talk radio”.

    Subotai (0d72f2)

  18. So where is the fairness in taxpayers supporting libtard PBS and NPR? Or the awful “art” supported through NEA? Or bequeathing $5 billion to the slimeball vote stealing ACORN? Or a media that gets orgasms thinking about the magic mulatto?

    aoibhneas (0c6cfc)

  19. I guess I posted my comment on another blog or its in the spam filter. This is the only thing that could save satellite radio. If the Dems pass the fairness doctrine, AM radio will collapse as talk goes to satellite. The result will be another 300,000 jobs lost, just like the luxury tax on yachts. Democrats specialize in unintended consequences.

    MIke K (2cf494)

  20. Comment by Subotai — 2/16/2009 @ 3:31 pm

    It’s been pointed out before, but I’ll throw in this reminder…when you use the strike feature you need to type in the whole word strike after each s. It works for me every thyme time. Why? Dunno, just do it ’cause it works.

    allan (0f5879)

  21. Allan, I think his wording was intentional.

    I stand before you to sit behind you to tell you something I know nothing about. Next Tuesday, the day after Wednesday, we will have a women’s meeting, no women allowed…

    John Hitchcock (fb941d)

  22. Comment by allan — 2/16/2009 @ 3:44 pm

    streak test

    stryke test

    strike test

    no one you know (1ebbb1)

  23. Comment by allan — 2/16/2009 @ 3:44 pm

    Whough hew Whoo hoo! Been battling that for weeks. Thanks…

    no one you know (1ebbb1)

  24. noyk…I’m not from the government, so I am here to really help. Also, I was a fair pitcher a long time ago, so I know my way around the strike zone.

    And Mr. Hitchcock, I believe you have me confused with Alan. I judiciously avoid the verbal sparring around here. Just come for the intelligent views “liberally” “generously” sprinkled about.

    allan (0f5879)

  25. Can’t wait to see the press nail Robert Gibbs on the Fairness Doctrine.

    Just kidding. That won’t happen.

    Doesn’t matter. We’ve all seen that press conference before.

    Ya, know…except Gibbs won’t do it near that good.

    Lamontyoubigdummy (84dbc2)

  26. “I stand before you to sit behind you to tell you something I know nothing about. Next Tuesday, the day after Wednesday, we will have a women’s meeting, no women allowed…”

    Will there be punch and pie?

    Lamontyoubigdummy (84dbc2)

  27. If there’s no women, their better be punch and pie.

    “Fairness Doctrine” you see?

    Lamontyoubigdummy (84dbc2)

  28. Mr. Press has not acquitted himself well on his recent media tour. I struggle to think of a conservative host so mediocre and with such a small audience that could garner so many bookings on such a tour.

    carlitos (6d6b8e)

  29. I just watched it. A hilarious and well-merited slapdown of Press, who came across not only a dishonest slimeball, but mealy-mouthed in the bargain.

    Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R., who wants DRJ back! (0ea407)

  30. I always wondered where the term “mealy-mouthed” originated.

    Press, to me, seems like a mouse studying to be a rat.

    Eric Blair (ec334b)

  31. Next time NPR has a beg-a-thon we need to clog the wires with demands for fairness. Call, call, call.

    Seriously. We need to go on the offensive.

    Every single time the fairness doctrine is mentioned, every conservative should mention the liberalism of our nationally funded media. Then move the argument beyond Rush to include CNN, NYT, etc. Talk about all media, not just AM Radio.

    Amphipolis (fdbc48)

  32. Heh. Bill Press fights Bill Press. And not surprisingly, Chairman Bill gets pwned.

    Rich Fader (295108)

  33. Coming next, Bill Press and Democrats propose book burning as “serving the public need.”

    Perfect Sense (0922fa)

  34. Bill Press is trying to put John Deere out of business ( of making Manure Spreaders).

    PCD (7fe637)

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