Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Radio: The Barack Obama format
Tuesday’s election was far more than a tidal wave of change. It was a tsunami that took direct aim at the deception, greed and guilt of the eight-year Bush administration.
Our country has, afresh, verified its inimitable capacity for correction, reinvention, and to rebuff the lowdown for an optimistic and inspiring future.
Our country will not be privatized. We’ve voted back our rights as U.S. citizens.
Our middle class took John Lennon’s “Power to the People” and Bob Marley’s “Get Up, Stand Up” to the voting booths.
I’m just not sure how well those who were in power during that time will adjust to living in a Democracy again. Nor do I care.
Think about it. Cheney, Rove, Rumsfeld, Gonzales, Rice, Paulson, Ashcroft – and let’s not forget “Good Job” Brownie – this bunch was so crooked they needed a corkscrew to get into their pants. Could you imagine any of them mixing with the proletariat?
Farewell to Karl Rove’s prophecy of a "permanent Republican majority.” It was destroyed by a dismal economy, two unpopular wars we were deceived into, and record-low approval ratings.
America seems a lot less shadowy now, doesn’t it?
Farewell to the Bush administration’s blinded believers of Ayn Rand’s misguided Objectivism. It brought us to the worst economic meltdown since the Great Depression.
President John F. Kennedy said in his 1960 inauguration speech that “the torch has been passed on to a new generation.”
His surviving brother, Sen. Ted Kennedy said at the Democratic Convention last August, “this November, the torch will be passed again.”
Now it has.
Some of you may be old enough to remember when John F. Kennedy ran for President.
Opponents claimed the Vatican would be running the country if an Irish Catholic Democrat was elected.
The suspicions the opposition spread about Barack Obama are still fresh in our minds.
But now, we can add Obama's election to the celebrated landmark achievements of America's cultural history.
The road to his presidency started with the enduring movement from emancipation to civil rights to the election of the first multicultural president.
The economy may have been the prime issue in this election – but there were many other issues that made Obama the best candidate for the presidency.
The world rapidly went out of their control and kept gathering more speed as new regimes arose and new technologies replaced and enhanced the old. It was far more complex than it used to be – a fact the Bush administration could never quite grasp. Bush became an empty vessel, even for his own kind.
John McCain’s version of maverick was much like the flim-flam characters Bret and Bart Maverick in the TV series of the same name.
He played good cop, bad cop with Bush. Some even bought his ruse.
His handlers blew it. Between his repetitious “my friends” and his “what am I an idiot?” shoulder shrug, he turned into a parody of himself.
McCain spoke in sound bites that went nowhere: “Fight, fight, fight!” or “Drill, baby, drill,” as if the same old solutions would solve the same old problems.
He tried to paint Obama as some inexperienced parvenu - not to be confused with an experienced gigolo, which is what he is.
His gift to old media was getting Bush to appoint Michael Powell as FCC Chairman – the worst, most bumbling idiot ever to inhabit that position.
A headline in yesterday’s TV Newsday read: Broadcasters Wary of an Obama FCC.
The headline should have read: Those pretending to be Broadcasters…..
Real broadcasters have nothing to worry about. The pretenders will miss the current FCC Chairman Boy Kevin Martin – but not as much as they’ll miss his rubber stamp.
(The Boy's already testing the waters for a run in North Carolina for Republican Sue Myrick’s House seat in 2010.)
They’ll also miss the eight-year -majority rule of the FCC along with Republican Deborah Tate whose term on the five-person commission is about to expire.
An even greater fear amongst the pretenders is that Obama will in the interim appoint one of the Democratic commissioners – either Michael Copps or Jonathan Adelstein – as acting chairman.
Potential FCC Chairman candidates include former FCC chairman advisor and Obama’s Harvard Law School bud Julius Genachowski, Obama policy director Karen Kornbluh, former FCC chief Larry Strickling.
Obama’s disapproved of Martin’s attempts to further deregulate media, including its decision to permit radio/television and newspaper cross-ownership in the top 20 markets.
He has also been critical of the decline of localism on radio and television, and said, “The more the rules let media outlets fall into the hands of big media conglomerates, the less likely our leaders are to be responsive to the public’s needs and in particular, the needs of minority communities.”
Could you imagine having to learn about your city of license, especially if you’re based a hundred miles away and responsible for a market you’ve never set foot in?
Though the Obama camp has shown no interest in reviving the Fairness Doctrine, it is an issue that’ll no doubt be open for debate – and perhaps minor revision in the new administration’s first year. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) are among a number of Congressional Democrats interested in its reinstation.
You have to laugh at the inadvertent transparency of the conservative radio and TV talk show hosts. Some have already launched campaigns against any form of a Fairness Doctrine. They’re flat-out lying that it’ll be government censorship of their freedom of speech. One went as far as to claim that Obama is trying to force his show off the air.
What’s a conservative talk show host to do if he can’t make up some false story about you except hope you file a complaint so you’ll find yourself opposite a bank of lawyers from the syndicator’s corporate office?
Hopefully, as more information is presented to him, Obama will see the flaws in the industry’s attempt to block Arbitron’s people meter surveys.
I don’t want to appear to be gloating over McCain’s defeat – and end to the policies of the current administration.
There is actually one thing I thank both George W. Bush and John McCain for. They helped us turn many of our red states blue.