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Jerry Brown to Savage: State Control of Media Is OK

Saturday, February 14, 2009 2:21 PM

By: Phil Brennan

A little control over the media would be a good thing, according to California Attorney General Jerry Brown.

Revealing the urge now felt by many left-wing Democrats and President Barack Obama supporters, Brown came out in favor of the Fairness Doctrine while appearing on the Michael Savage radio show Friday night.

Savage's “Savage Nation” show is the third-most popular radio show in the nation.

The Fairness Doctrine would require radio stations carrying conservative talk show hosts to give equal time to dissenting liberal commentators. Conservatives claim it would have the effect of driving conservative talk radio off the air.

Savage remarked that, as a conservative, he is in the minority in the media, and that many in Brown’s Democratic Party would like to see him taken off the air via the Fairness Doctrine. Brown replied that the current situation of having talk radio dominated by conservatives allows for “one-sided presentations.”

Savage noted that former President Bill Clinton, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Sen. Debby Stabenow have called for re-establishment of the doctrine, adding that all three “want conservative voices constrained in the media." He then asked Brown what side he would be on regarding the issue.

Said Brown: “I think we need a robust range of opinions on the air.” He added that “a little state control wouldn’t hurt anybody” and said that in warning against the doctrine, Savage was "paranoid."

The Fairness Doctrine, Savage said, is "aimed only at Michael Savage, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and, in other words, the top five," and is intended to silence such conservative voices on radio.

Turning to the issue of illegal immigration and its effect on California, Savage said that "here we have a state that's going broke. We have a budget deficit of $41 billion by the best estimate – no one knows how much. In all the talk about balancing the budget from Arnold Schwarzenegger's so-called Republicans, why has there not been one discussion about cutting off services to non-citizens, even in the emergency rooms? That would save $10 billion to $15 billion.

"Why is it that the government seems to think that the illegal aliens have more rights than the legal citizens?"

Brown responded by denying that illegal immigrants have more rights, and insisted that the children of illegals are not "responsible for what their parents did, and they ought to be taken care of. When someone has been in an auto accident and is bleeding to death, you have to take care of them.”

Savage noted that he had been in emergency rooms three times in the last year and that he had seen "crowds of illegal aliens being treated not for auto wrecks or such, but they are taking their children in for the common cold and the flu. It's costing the state billions and billions or dollars. And yet in all this rhetoric, not one governor has said that the people cannot afford it. We have to cut back somewhere – how about cutting back with regards to benefits for illegal aliens? I'm bringing up hospitals, but there are many avenues where [benefits for] illegal aliens could be curtailed in some way. The citizens are being told that they have to cut back. Why not the non-citizens?”

While agreeing that all citizens are going to have to cut back, Brown asked: "What are you going to do, round up several million people and take them down to the border and dump them?"

Savage suggested that the state could put a California Highway Patrol officer in every emergency room and ask people for proof of citizenship.

"Do you have any idea how many hospitals are going bankrupt in this country because of the burden of treating illegal aliens, as required by federal law?”

© 2009 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

5 years 22 weeks ago, 12:17 PM

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5 years 22 weeks ago, 12:48 PM

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So let me get this straight, the very people that preach and preach about free speech, allowing Twinky and Pinky to proclaim their "right" to have a gay marriage on my 6 o clock news, allowing almot every TV show I come accross to bombard me with pro gay, anti-christian, pro athiest doctorine, is now going tell me they want "fairness in the media". If they want fairness, tell em to take away 60 percent of their bullshit they force up on us every day and even then, the conservative views would still be in a minority. And why can't we round up illegal aliens and dump them over the border?? Are they afraid they are going to "violate their rights" by doing that. What rights? They snuck in here. THey didn't take any oaths, don't pay taxes and probably can't even speak or write a word of English. I don't care how horrible your life is in your country, if you want to come here, do it the right way. And another thing, sadly if some Americans weren't so damned lazy and refused to do actual work in their lives, their wouldn't be so many "migrant" worker jobs to fill. I'm in the medical field and I see alot of these guys who are on disability for no reason. If you can walk in my office and raise your hands over your head guess what, you meet the qualifications to be able to pick oranges. If you can sit in a chair, you meet the qualifications to sit on a riding lawn mower and mow somebodys yard. And people diagnosed with "social anxiety disorder", guess what buster, there isn't much social interaction in the landscaping/gardening business. I know that some of this stuff I've went on about has nothing to do witht he posted topic, I'm sorry, I just couldn't help gettin on my soap box. This rant brought to you by Catfish.

5 years 22 weeks ago, 1:07 PM

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catfish88 don't forget the media's constant bombardment making men look stupid compared to women. Check the commercials pay attention you'll see it. The whole reverse racism thing shoved down our throats. I am not racist, some of the best people on the planet that I have ever known are not the same race as me. My wife and her whole family do not agree with the immigration policy and they are hispanic, ok Mexican. Yea I said Mexican, they are Mexican! I love her family, they are more family oriented and supportive than my own sometimes. Soapbox for me too!!

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5 years 22 weeks ago, 1:15 PM

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Yea, I agree with you. I have quite a few mexican friends, and friends from alot of other countries/nationalities. I actually enjoy talking with them and learning about a different culture. I have nothing against Mexicans or anybody else. As a matter of a fact, I applaud them for their work ethic. They do jobs that nobdy here want's to do. That's what is sad, is that our own culture has gotten so lazy. I just have a problem with coming here illegally. If somebody wants to immigrate here, great, take your test, take your oath, pay some taxes and join into society.

5 years 22 weeks ago, 1:18 PM

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I have agree fully. This next message is for anyone who disagrees. I dare anyone, I mean anyone to go to a foreign country and demand rights, assistance, and legal citizenship and see where it gets you-probably the first f'n bus, plane, boat outta there with a sharp pain in your ass!

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5 years 22 weeks ago, 1:22 PM

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Read Mexico's Immigration Laws sometime!

5 years 22 weeks ago, 1:23 PM

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Mexico will only allow the immigration of American money. that's it!!

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5 years 22 weeks ago, 2:18 PM

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I don't like the term illegal alien or undocumented worker. It's a kinder, gentler term for Criminal Immigrant... We do have laws outlining the procedure for becoming a US Citizen. People who follow that procedure I have no problem with. People who don't follow the protocol are in violation of the law, and we commonly call law-breakers "Criminals".

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5 years 22 weeks ago, 2:24 PM

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Media has been control

for years and we lost the 1st amendment

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and Fox News... I guess since there's not 100% saturation, the Fairness Doctrine aims to close the gap

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5 years 22 weeks ago, 2:35 PM

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It's called the marketplace. If the markets don't like the crap it's being sent it soon goes out of business.

That's exactly what happened with liberal talk radio.

No one's buying into it so they are being replaced liberal talk shows are being replaced with something that will make the radio station money.

5 years 22 weeks ago, 2:41 PM

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Kiss my ass!!!

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Actually, you are incorrect about going to a country and demanding rights...anybody, going to a lot of European countries, especially France get those things you are talking about. That's why Europe is on it's way out...Muslims know this and have taken advantage of their systems. It's unbelievable.

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5 years 22 weeks ago, 12:24 AM

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Freedom of speech will be terminated then the weapons will be confiscated. We are so fucked..........

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