U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) told Dial-Global syndicated talker Bill Press during an interview on this morning’s (2/5) show that she and Senate colleagues plan to hold investigative hearings into what she termed the “structural imbalance” of political Talk radio. “Whether it’s called the Fairness Standard or something else, I absolutely think it’s time to bring accountability to the airwaves,” said the Michigan Democrat. When asked by Press, “Can we count on you to push for some hearings in the U.S. Senate this year, to bring in these owners and hold them accountable?”, Stabenow replied, “I have already had some discussion with colleagues and I, you know, feel like that’s going to happen.” Stabenow is married to Tom Athans, co-founder and former CEO of Democracy Radio, an organization that produced and supported early efforts to develop left-leaning national Talk radio shows including programs hosted by Ed Schultz and Stephanie Miller. Athans is also a former Air America Radio exec and the founder of liberal Talk radio network TalkUSA Radio.
February 5, 2009