Monday, February 16, 2009
LOS ANGELES -- February 13, 2009: Former President Bill Clinton told Mario Solis Marich on Clear Channel's Talk KTLK/Los Angeles that he'd like to see the Fairness Doctrine return, "or we ought to have more balance on the other side." Michael Calderone reports on Politico.com that Clinton said there is "a lot of big money to support the right wing talk shows." Clinton also conceded that Rush Limbaugh is "fairly entertaining even when he is saying things that I think are ridiculous" and said he didn't support the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine back in 1987. Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) are on record as supporting the return of the Fairness Doctrine, with Stabenow saying she thinks hearings on the topic of "accountability" are likely. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has also said she'd like to see the doctrine back in place. No legislation to bring it back has been introduced, however.