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RI - No talk radio for Chafee, and on-duty state workers, too


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PROVIDENCE — No one is likely to confuse new Governor Chafee with his Republican predecessor, Donald L. Carcieri, and now here’s another way to tell them apart:

Chafee doesn’t plan to spend his own time on talk radio, and he intends to ban state employees from spending their state work time talking on talk radio, which was Carcieri’s favorite medium and an integral part of his communications operation.

Spokesman Michael Trainor said a directive will go out over the next day or so that reflects that new policy.

Dem Congressman: If Violent Rhetoric Didn't Cause This Shooting, It Will Cause Next One

"Whether [political rhetoric] caused what happened in Tucson or not, it’ll cause the next tragedy," Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) predicts on FOX News.

Loughner's parents horrified; Clinton urges caution

The parents of alleged Tucson gunman Jared Lee Loughner broke their silence on Tuesday, saying they still didn’t understand what triggered their son’s weekend shooting spree that left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition and six others dead.

An unidentified representative for Randy and Amy Loughner handed out a statement to reporters gathered in the parent’s driveway that expresses sympathy to the victims of the violence that has upended the country’s political debate and could send their 22-year old son to death row.

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Talk radio under siege: New push for Fairness Doctrine

As I reported on the main site today, conservative media figures’ fears that the left will use Tucson to clamp down on them are not entirely unfounded.

Rep. Jim Clyburn wants to bring back the Fairness Doctrine – a move aimed directly at talk radio – while Media Matters CEO David Brock asked Rupert Murdoch to rein in or possibly even fire Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin.

It’s hard not to read today’s news that Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee plans to ban state employees from appearing on talk radio during work hours within the same frame, though Ben Smith points out that likely has more to do with local beef than the current national debate about "tone."

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