The American Thinker has a scary article up about how the real threat to talk radio is not the Fairness Doctrine, but something that few people have heard of called localism. It all sounds very nice and innocent - a FCC rule that would require broadcasters to devote more time to community interests. Then it would set up special boards at each station to oversee its content and make sure that they comply with the rules. And we've seen that liberals know how to organize on the community level. They could then submit complaints about their local radio station's programming and gum up the works for license renewal of stations that air conservative talk radio.
It's one more issue that makes it even scarier to watch the Democrats' count in the Senate inch up to 60 and to think that conservatives will be relying on such slender reeds as senators like Olympia Snowe and Arlen Specter to preserve talk radio.