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Rant Control | Chafed About Chaffetz

By Brandon Burt
Posted // January 21,2009 - Ted McDonough’s Hits & Misses column Jan. 15 made mention of the TV antics of Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Chaffetz’ sponsorship of a bill to prevent reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine—but neglected to lavish the freshman Congressman with unbridled praise, drawing much ire from members of Chaffetz’s personality cult. But it was a reader named “Typical Liberal Blather” who really dragged the discourse down to Bush-era levels: n

Well, it’s apparent that Ted [McDonough] is a left-wing liberal nutcase who can’t distinguish the reality of the benefits of a free market society that allows a cheap rag like this to even exist and thereby give him a job. What if for every leftist article he wanted to write, he was forced to allow a conservative columnist to also express their point of view in this newspaper right beside his article?

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The “benefits” of deregulating the free market are unfounded. The results of excessive free-market policies have proved disastrous, again and again—and, if TLB thinks newspapers don’t exist in social democracies such as Sweden, he’s misinformed.

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Frankly, we’re not sure where this Republican obsession with the ancient Fairness Doctrine springs from; it was abolished more than 20 years ago, and congressional Democrats have no proposals for its reinstatement. At any rate, Rant Control would like to point out that FCC regulations don’t apply to newspapers.

 
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Posted // January 22,2009 at 02:44 I would agree that some of the comments were not civil - on both sides of the issue. Some of the comments by those criticizing Jason Chaffetz were brutal, more so than the one or two about the paper.nnI would disagree that Chaffetz’ support of the bill re: fairness is a waste. The bill has attracted too much notice for one that isn’t needed.nnThis Paper has yet to print any interview of Rep. Chaffetz, even after he opened wide the door. nnThis paper has interesting articles that you won’t see anywhere. In some cases, there is a big reason why you won’t. Some articles here are just cheap shots similar to one of the SL Trib blogs. Some stories are well researched and fair. Lets see more of those at SL Weekly.

 

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Posted // January 22,2009 at 02:27 Frankly, we’re not sure where this Republican obsession with the ancient Fairness Doctrine springs from; it was abolished more than 20 years ago, and congressional Democrats have no proposals for its reinstatement.nnYou obviously have not been paying attention. John Kerry, Charles Schumer, Dick Durbin, Nancy Pelosi, Maurice Hinchey have all talked about the need to reinstate it. Anna Eschoo said in an interview (granted this was before the banking fiasco) that she intended to introduce a bill reinstating it this year.

 

 
 
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