Is FCC hiding information about its plans for media?

May 22, 2010 12:48

FCC says it has “no records” of any communication either “to or from” its chairman that mentions Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Glenn Beck, Laura Ingraham or Michael Savage.

By Fred Lucas at

The FCC made the declaration in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by that sought all its records reflecting communications from FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski mentioning the popular radio hosts. “No records of correspondence responsive to your request were located as a result of a search of records of the Chairman’s office,” said the FCC in a May 6 letter to

Despite this assertion, a letter about “hate speech in the media” specifically citing “radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh” was in fact sent to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski by a coalition of liberal groups last fall.

This letter came in 2009, a year that saw a series of attacks against Limbaugh by the Obama White House. President Barack Obama, for example, reportedly said in January 2009 during a meeting with congressional Republicans, “You can’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done.”

Not long thereafter, White House officials began referring to Limbaugh as the leader of the Republican Party. For example, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, on CBS’s Face the Nation, said that Limbaugh “is the voice and the intellectual force and energy behind the Republican Party.”

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs also referred to Limbaugh as “the head of the Republican Party.”


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