From The Radio Equalizer Obama’s army is ready to attack:

ACORN Pushes Return of Fairness Doctrine

It was only last November that ACORN — the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now — was under FBI investigation for voter fraud in several states.  Oh, wait: aren’t those investigations going on now?

Never mind. ACORN — a favorite of our Community Organizer in Chief — has a new agenda.  Which is really part of the old agenda: getting Democrats elected.

What Democrats fear most, and what many conservatives value most highly, is talk radio. Its political punch is conservatives’ biggest weapon in the war of ideas.  And, naturally, ACORN wants to kill it by restoring the old “fairness doctrine.”

From ACORN’s website:

II. Make the mainstream media accessible and accountable to low- and moderate-income people.

A.    Reinstate the Fairness Doctrine in broadcasting, so that grass roots community groups have equal time to express their views.

B.    Require cable TV companies to make good on their promises to allow community groups access to air time, or revoke their operating licenses.

How will those goals be reached?  A thing called “localism:”

The framework for the attempt by Democrats to silence political opposition is already in place in what the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) calls localism, a scheme set up in the form of local “community boards” that will decide whether or not your local broadcast station is meeting the standards required to review and renew their broadcast licenses every two to four years.

As you can see from the FCC localism webpage, localism regulations have already been through well over a year’s worth of procedural hearings, and, as of April 2008, “Broadcast Information Specialists are Available for Public Inquires.”  The rules and regulations have been set forth in “The Public and Broadcasting,” (pdf) which is the FCC field manual for the ACORN “activists” and lawyers to intimidate your local community boards into harassing your local radio stations into submission or recommend the revocation of their broadcast license.  Given the reported $4.2 billion allocated for ACORN and like groups by the so-called stimulus bill signed into law by Obama yesterday, all that is left to fulfill this scenario is the confirmation of Obama’s new FCC chairman, nominee Julius Genachowski. After he’s confirmed, the full frontal assault on our First Amendment rights will begin quickly.

Busy little nuts, those ACORNs.  From Michelle Malkin,

Fresh off the trillion-dollar porkulus bill signing in Denver, President Obama immediately launched into his next New Raw Deal expansion: A massive mortgage entitlement program forcing lenders to refinance at an initial cost of $50 billion to $100 billion. That’s in addition to the bipartisan-supported $50 billion in the “stimulus” bill to bail out homeowners underwater on their mortgages and the $2 billion in “neighborhood stabilization” funds to alleviate the foreclosure crisis.

In tandem with the White House Bad Borrowers Bailout, Obama’s old friends at the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) are launching a new campaign of their own: the “Home Savers” campaign. What a coinky-dinky, huh? As with most of the bully tactics of the radical left-wing wing group, it ain’t gonna be pretty. They are the shock troops on the streets doing the dirty work while the Community Organizer-in-Chief keeps his delicate hands clean.

Trumpets ACORN: “On Feb. 19, ACORN members will launch a new tactic in fighting foreclosures: civil disobedience. Participants in the ACORN Home Savers campaign nationwide will simply refuse to move out of foreclosed homes, or in some cases, will move back in. ACORN homesteaders intend to squat in their homes until a comprehensive, federal solution for people facing foreclosure is put in place.”

H/T Instapundit

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