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Unlawful Censorship of RP? You Decide

U.S. Code> Title 47> Chapter 5> Subchapter III> Part 1
§ 315. Candidates for public office
(a) Equal opportunities requirement; censorship prohibition; allowance of station use; news appearances exception; public interest; public issues discussion opportunities
If any licensee shall permit any person who is a legally qualified candidate for any public office to use a broadcasting station, he shall afford equal opportunities to all other such candidates for that office in the use of such broadcasting station: Provided, That such licensee shall have no power of censorship over the material broadcast under the provisions of this section. No obligation is imposed under this subsection upon any licensee to allow the use of its station by any such candidate. Appearance by a legally qualified candidate on any—
(1) bona fide newscast,
(2) bona fide news interview,
(3) bona fide news documentary (if the appearance of the candidate is incidental to the presentation of the subject or subjects covered by the news documentary), or
(4) on-the-spot coverage of bona fide news events (including but not limited to political conventions and activities incidental thereto),

shall not be deemed to be use of a broadcasting station within the meaning of this subsection. Nothing in the foregoing sentence shall be construed as relieving broadcasters, in connection with the presentation of newscasts, news interviews, news documentaries, and on-the-spot coverage of news events, from the obligation imposed upon them under this chapter to operate in the public interest and to afford reasonable opportunity for the discussion of conflicting views on issues of public importance.

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Censorship of Ron Paul, Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXCkgz1Y-Bk

You've gotta watch this. The best summary of all the censorship of Paul.

"The body is but a vessel for the soul,
A puppet which bends to the soul's tyranny.
And lo, the body is not eternal,
For it must feed on the flesh of others,
Lest it return to the dust whence it came.
Therefore the soul deceives and despises."

Complain to the FCC

Well, then I submit the current frequency holders are not addressing or serving the public need - as there are millions of Ron Paul fans who are not being served. This being the case Ron Paulers can write the FCC and complain about the misuse of the public air waves and demand the FCC do their job for which they are being paid - by us.

It is our government even though some moneyed interests have bought (bribed) some control over some sections of it. Seems to me this mess is more about individuals standing up for themselves than about any other issue. Americans used to stand tall and take no crap from anyone - especially from sniveling bribed bureaucrats who have temporarily forgotten for whom and why they get a paycheck.

Citizen powered radio almost happened....

But the problem is that the FCC, for the last 3 presidential administrations, has been made up solely of former broadcast execs and investors. It is a losing fight that I have been personally fighting for nearly 20 years.

There is no more public accountability in broadcasting.

When Congress and the FCC created a new low power FM service, which would allow practically anyone to get a license and a low power transmitter, and serve a small town or a neighborhood with real "citizen powered radio" from their kitchen table, it was the big-money broadcasters who convinced the FCC to completely neuter the new low power FM service to the point where it is now useless and only a handful of stations (rather than thousands) can be licensed.

RP2012!

Sadly, the exceptions are so broad, the rule is useless

I am a broadcast professional and have covered elections for a number of years and have interviewed a number of major candidates from all the parties. I'e managed radio stations and been legally responsible for making sure my stations obey this law. Allow me to explain it a bit more.

Sadly, the exceptions have been ruled to be so broad as to virtually allow any and every TV and radio license holder to cover or not cover any candidate as much or as little as they want.

It's a catch 22. The debates are privately organized and not subject to any governmental oversight. They are also considered a bona fide news event, so any candidate can be excluded on the whims of the debate organizers, and the TV/radio who carry the debate cannot be held accountable, because they are merely covering a bona fide news event.

Same with candidate appearances. Candidate A comes to town to give a stump speech. Local media decide to cover it and maybe even air the entire speech. As the candidate's appearance in that town could be argued to be a bona fide news event, they can cover the event as much as they want and be within the letter of the law. Now, Candidate B comes to town, but the media thinks Candidate B is not viable, and therefore his appearance is not really a newsworthy event, so they don't cover it. Since there is no law that says a station has to cover every candidate who comes to town, they can completely ignore Candidate B's appearance, even if tens of thousands of people show up for him.

Practically the ONLY thing the law applies to is inviting a candidate into the TV or radio station and turning the time over to them to do with as they please. Example: If I own a TV or radio station and I give Ross Perot time to air one of his half-hour infomercials, then I must offer the same amount of time, with no restrictions on content, to any other legally qualified candidate who wants to use the time, no matter if they are Democrat, Republican, or UFO Party. This is why you never see such programs on TV, except when paid by the candidate.

Unfortunately, the media and the so-called gatekeepers of the public airwaves, the FCC, have been so compromised that "public interest" is no longer a meaningful concept and any coverage of the election you see is completely within the bounds of the neutered laws. Yes, it's sick and a mockery of a free press. Yes, it's also a mockery of a fair use of a public resource (airwaves).

RP2012!

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The debates were a prime example.

MSM just does'nt care anymore what America really should have for a president. I'm glad I gave up watching TV many years ago. I just go outside and can see for myself what's happening around me. I don't need to be spoonfed their mind altering garbage.
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