RUSH: Chuck Schumer, you have to hear this. Chuck-U Schumer was on Fox, Bill Hemmer spoke to him today. He said, ‘Are you a supporter of telling radio stations in America what content they should have on their radio station?’
SCHUMER: Well, I think we should all trying to be fair and balanced, don’t you?
HEMMER: This is commercial enterprise, not run by the government. It’s not public money —
HEMMER: — and I do believe in fair and balance.
SCHUMER: Yeah. Good. Well, you know there are — the radio air, it’s not that this is like printing a broadside. You would never say anyone who wanted to hire a printing press or go on a computer has to have any view. Do you think we should allow people to put pornography on the air? Absolutely not, particularly on television and radio.
HEMMER: But this is just —
SCHUMER: They’re always — There are always —
HEMMER: This is private industry that many fear will be —
SCHUMER: You gotta let me finish.
HEMMER: I will, but many fear will be legislated from the Hill —
HEMMER: — and they strongly disagree with that. I’ll give you the last word.
SCHUMER: The very same — the very same people that don’t want the Fairness Doctrine want the FCC to limit pornography on the air. I am for that. I think pornography should be limited. But you can’t say government hands off in one area to a commercial enterprise but you’re allowed to intervene in another. That’s not consistent.
RUSH: Look what we’ve learned just today. Jim Moran. Quote, ‘We have been guided by a Republican administration believes in the simplistic notion that people who have wealth are entitled to keep it.’ Chuck Schumer on Fox this morning with Bill Hemmer, talk radio is pornography, and we limit pornography. The government can stop it. They’re going to do everything they can. Now, I talk to a lot of people about Fairness Doctrine. Some people think they’re not going to go that route; they’ll go other routes. Some of them are going to go this route. Some of them are going to go the Fairness Doctrine route.The Democrats are going to be all over the ballpark. They’re not going to unify about one particular way. Schumer is gonna be out there for the Fairness Doctrine.
Pelosi will be out there for the Fairness Doctrine. Other Democrats, ‘No! Oh, we can’t go it that way. We gotta go a different way: local content rule, new laws, new regulations that will govern the way radio must police itself on the local level,’ blah, blah. But there will be people pushing the Fairness Doctrine. Now, this is why… Look, the election’s still got a lot of hours to go and I know there are a lot of you who haven’t voted and this Fairness Doctrine and some of these other things. There are some senators in trouble out there, and to stop this Fairness Doctrine dead in its track, there’s six to eight close Senate raises that Republicans need to win. Elizabeth Dole in North Carolina. Saxby Chambliss in Georgia. Gordon Smith in Oregon is in trouble. John Sununu in New Hampshire.
I saw Steve Largent last night. Largent was at the football game as well, and he asked me how Sununu was doing, what’s the latest I had heard, and I said, ‘It’s pretty close.’ He said, ‘We can’t lose Sununu.’ Largent loves Sununu. ‘We just can’t lose Sununu.’ Now, I know a lot of people, he’s not conservative enough, but he’s more conservative than his state is. But at this point in time you need people that are going to be inclined to vote Republican and stop the Democrats having a 60-seat majority. So Sununu in New Hampshire. Norm Coleman in Minnesota, I don’t know where that race is. Depending on the poll you look at, it’s seesawing back and forth. Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, this would be a tragedy if Mitch McConnell — who is the Senate minority leader, the Republican leader — goes down to defeat. There are others in the mix as well.