With all the attempts to blame Glenn, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, and other conservative voices for the Arizona shootings, one starts to wonder if talk radio will survive the year. Pat asked Glenn that very question during a break, and the radio guys addressed the issue on the program.
Pat said he doesn’t think talk radio will continue after 2011. “Yeah, I mean, the way it's going. It doesn't look like it to me. I don't know how we do. How do we survive the year? You've already got Clyburn calling for the Fairness Doctrine, you've already got Al Sharpton who started last year and wants to call Rush before some Senate committee hearing,” Pat said. “I mean, they are using a situation that has absolutely nothing to do with us, without a shred of evidence that he ever listened to anybody on the right, or the left.”
Glenn added that the slow regulation of the media is the textbook definition of progressivism. “It is bit by bit, step by step, it is progress,” he said.
When the Fairness Doctrine was in place decades ago, it nearly killed talk radio. “When the Fairness Doctrine was in force in, what, the Eighties, the way they did it was you'd have a conservative in the morning, then you'd have a liberal in the midday. Then in the afternoon there's a conservative. Then at night there's a liberal. And it kind of went like that on just about every station. And so you never knew what you were going to get when you tuned in unless you knew the schedule really well,” Pat said.
Glenn said that when they start applying the Fairness Doctrine to other industries, then maybe you can come to talk radio. “When there is the Fairness Doctrine in the universities, you let me know and you come to talk radio. When you have to have someone with the other opinion standing in front of your children, you let me know. See, they know exactly the power. They know exact ‑‑ they know. And they know the power of total indoctrination.”
“And if you don't think this can happen, you're fooling yourself. If you don't think that they're going to regulate the Internet, you're just uninformed. And here's why: They already did it December 21st. They're now writing the regulations for the Internet. And nobody seems to care. Man has never been freer to speak his mind but yet there are so many of your friends that just think, ‘Well, this will always be this way.’”