From KSOO Radio & Townsquare Media, Amendment V spokesman and KSOO announcer Rick Knobe is apparently going to use his bully pulpit today to promote the anti-transparency measure, Amendment V, which will hide party labels on the ballot.
Not all Republicans are against allowing full ballot access as proposed in Amendment V(for Voters). Listen to Viewpoint University, Tuesday Aug. 9, as three respected Republicans go against the party establishment.
Republicans Dave Volk, former State Treasurer, Casey Murschel, former Legislator and Sioux Falls City Council Member, and Joe Kirby, one of the creators of Sioux Falls Home Rule Charter, will discuss their support for Amendment V(for Voters) Tuesday Aug. 9 during Viewpoint University.
So, the spokesman for a ballot measure who is a radio announcer is going to be giving his measure free time? Under the FCC doctrine of equal time, some would argue that it brings up a big question of exactly how much time KSOO radio is going to be providing for free to the opponents of Amendment V.
As you might recall from when presidential candidates took the stage on Saturday Night Live –
The head of the Federal Communications Commission promised Thursday to enforce his agency’s regulations requiring television stations to give political candidates equal opportunities for airtime.
“The rules are pretty clear. Rules are rules,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told reporters. “I hope that we have developed a reputation as folks who enforce the rules.”
The problem is that the Equal Time doctrine only applies to candidates – in this case, the Fairness Doctrine would apply, since it involves issues. And as of 2011, there’s no such thing anymore as Fairness Doctrine rules:
In June 2011, the Chairman and a subcommittee chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, both Republicans, said that the FCC, in response to their requests, had set a target date of August 2011 for removing the Fairness Doctrine and other “outdated” regulations from the FCC’s rulebook.
On August 22, 2011, the FCC formally voted to repeal the language that implemented the Fairness Doctrine, along with removal of more than eighty other rules and regulations, from the Federal Register following a President Obama White House executive order directing a “government-wide review of regulations already on the books”, to eliminate unnecessary regulations.
So, will KSOO Radio be required to provide free advertising every time Rick Knobe spouts off about needing to hide party labels on the ballot, and providing them a half-hour of free informercial? Not unless Townsquare Media decides they’re going to make it happen.
However, in the interest of fairness, if Knobe is going to continue to be the spokesman for a ballot measure, do you think they need to provide equal time? Sound off on twitter and tag Townquare Media at @, or visit their facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TownsquareMedia