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McCain, The Fairness Doctrine, and Rush

Wednesday, May 7, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

I asked John McCain about the return of the Fairness Doctrine today:

HH: Would you veto the Fairness Doctrine if it’s attached to any legislation, even legislation that you wanted, if presented to you as president?

JM: Would I veto…

HH: The Fairness Doctrine if it was attached…

JM: Oh, sure. Oh, yeah. Yeah. Hugh, if we enact the Fairness Doctrine, you’re going to destroy political discourse in America, whether it be liberal, conservative, or anything else. You require that on your show that every time you voice an opinion that you have to have somebody with an opposite opinion on it, it will destroy the flow of information to the American people. And it is testimony, frankly, to the influence of people like yourself that they’re trying to cripple it. I’ll never let that happen.

HH: Given how badly you’ve been handled by some of us, that’s a remarkable statement, but I appreciate it, Senator.

JM: Well, my friend, we have, you know, we have great sources, and if you destroy…well, I just…I don’t want to be repetitious. Please go ahead with your next question.

(Complete transcript of the interview here.)

Why do Democrats want to bring back the Fairness Doctrine? If you listened to Rush’s monologue from today’s third hour when he channeled a bitter and depressed Bill Clinton, you would know. Funny true = powerful. Rush at his very, very best. Radio at its very, very best. Even Bill would have been laughing.

Not Hillary, though.

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