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article imageOp-Ed: Is Talk Radio Doomed?

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By David Zublick
Oct 19, 2008 in Politics
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A talk radio host in Pittsburgh was reprimanded and silenced by his employer on the air for being too critical of Barack Obama.
KDKA-AM 1020 host Kevin Miller was rebuked after his executive producer P.J. Kumanchik read a statement by CBS Radio accusing him of being unfairly biased against Obama.
Then he offered the listeners to Miller's show an on-air apology saying "We want to apologize to listeners who have found your show offensive."
Then Kumanchik offered Obama three hours of airtime on KDKA in Miller's time slot. Miller, a Marconi Award nominee and former Army Reserve journalist, was accused of featuring guests who were not objective when reporting information about Obama. One of his guests, Dr. Jerome Corsi was interviewed about his investigation of Obama's connections to opposition leader Raila Odinga in Kenya. Corsi is the author of The Obama Nation, and Miller referred to him as a "true patriot".
Miller also expressed concern that the Obama campaign is attempting to silence his critics in talk radio. He said "Well Dr. Corsi, what scares me is, we've seen this from the Obama campaign, that they clearly target people such as yourself, talk radio stations – whether it's WGN or others or people like myself – that speak out," he said. "And if [Obama is] elected, we're going to have a different chorus when it comes to discourse in this country."
That is the absolute truth. Obama, along with his pals Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid would like nothing more than to bring back the Fairness Doctrine, the former policy of the Federal Communications Commission that required broadcasters to present all sides of an issue. It was the abolishment of the Fairness Doctrine in 1987 that spawned talk radio as we know it today. If Pelosi, Reid and their buddies in congress are able to re-implement the doctrine, talk radio will cease to exist. Our right of free speech will disappear. The face of political discourse in this country will forever be changed.
It would appear, however, that KDKA management and CBS have decided not to wait for the Fairness Doctrine to return. They have instead gone ahead and muzzled one of their own hosts for expressing his opinions about Barack Obama, and having guests who paint a less than flattering view of "The One". Are they doing so out of fear?
People should be very concerned about this development. If Obama is elected president and the Democrats retain their control of both houses of congress, talk radio, the blogosphere and conservative print media will all be shut down.
Just another thing to keep in mind as we go to the polls on November 4th.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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