the Fairness Doctrine

17 09 2008

Some liberal senators (like Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry, and Barbara Boxer) are trying to reenact the so-called “Fairness Doctrine” of the early 1980s, to get equal air-time for all biased programs.  I can’t believe this is even being considered.  They make it sound like the American people are getting bombarded with biased radio and TV programs.

Why are the radio shows by Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, etc., so popular?  Is it because there’s nothing else to listen to?  Does the audience have no choice?  They can listen to whatever they want to.  Anyone is free to change the channel, and there are options.

The far-left created “Air America” a while back, and it failed miserably.  Why?  Was it some vast right-wing conspiracy?  No.  The audience chose to listen to other things.  But the far-left politicians aren’t giving up; that’s why they’re creating this “Fairness Doctrine” to get equal air-time, in an effort to force people to listen to them.  Basically, it works like this: if you listen to Rush Limbaugh, you have to listen to someone with an opposite viewpoint.  Of course, they can’t make you listen, but they will take away from Rush’s time to present other viewpoints, during which viewers will probably change channels.

Some of the far-left are mad that FOX News has the highest ratings, but it’s because that’s the people’s choice.  They could choose CNN or MSNBC, but they chose what they want.

Personally, I think it’s good to hear from both sides, to get a fair perspective, then actually do you own thinking.  But the government shouldn’t regulate what is “fair” and how much we have to listen to each side.  If your state’s senators are supporting this “Fairness Doctrine”, call and let them know that it’s not fair at all and you don’t support it.

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19 12 2008
Thomas Wayne

The “Fairness Doctrine” hasn’t went away yet, though it definitely should!

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (Gesuhndheit!) is pushing for the “Fairness Doctrine”. She wants it on cable, satellite, TV, and radio. She says the present system is “unfair”, that “there should be equal time for the spoken word.” Poor liberals — nobody wanted to listen to Air America.

But what if there are more than two opposing viewpoints? Have any of the proponents of this movement thought of that? It’s not always conservative vs liberal…

Plus there’s the fact that the gub’mint is trying to limit what is said. It sounds like Communism to me…

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