One FCC complaint filed in Milwaukee proved that radio stations showed imbalance in favor of embattled governor Scott Walker by denying his critics any appreciable air time to refute claims. Lawyers for the station tried to defend this by citing a free speech exemption granted to "bonafide news" programs, arguing that talk radio hosts like Limbaugh meet this definition.
With that, a petition sprung up, claiming the FCC should rule that broadcasters like Rush Limbaugh are not actually credible "news" hosts and should be denied the "news" exemption for equal time requirements. Limbaugh himself claims to be an "entertainer", putting him at odds with this legal argument.
The debate will be interesting to watch as the new FCC commissioner is seated. How do you feel?
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