Having filled out the FCC form yesterday complaining about the overabundance of right-wing conservative talk on radio and the (?) diminution of liberal/progressive talk, the response today follows:
"This is with respect to your March 12 complaint in which you urge that there be more parity among the political viewpoints on political talk shows.
"Although the FCC licenses broadcast stations, we have virtually no control over the content of what they air. That’s because they enjoy freedom of speech under the First Amendment and because there is a statute that specifically prohibits this agency from censoring or dictating program content. The result is that stations are free to air pretty much whatever they want (short of obscenity or indecency) – even if the material is false, misleading, or slanted. There are a number of conservative talk shows on the air because there is an audience out there for it, and if there is an audience willing to listen, there are advertisers willing sponsor those programs. So the matter is really in your hands – not the FCC’s, because we can’t tell the stations to air a particular kind of program. If enough people complain to a station that they want political talk shows that support more liberal or progressive causes, the stations will create them, and there will be sponsors to back them. There are some of these programs on some cable networks already, but there could be more if the public demands it.
Policy Division (political office)
FCC Media Bureau"
So we've got to demand it!