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Reviving the Fairness Doctrine...

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marv

Guest
Good or bad idea...
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[Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.] says she is “looking at” reviving the Fairness Doctrine to counteract the decidedly conservative bent of talk radio. Former President Reagan and a Democratic Congress repealed the Fairness Doctrine in 1987.

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What is especially revealing about these trial balloons for renewed regulation of political speech is that America already has an incredible diversity of media giving vent to opinion and commentary on every conceivable issue in public policy.

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Political expression in America is being liberated as has never before been done in human history. Why does that bother Feinstein, Boxer, Clinton, Kucinich and other Fairness Doctrine advocates?​
...the full article here...
 

Jeanie

still nobody's bitch
V.I.P.
good or bad idea? tough question. Probably bad. The real issue, though, is that most people fail to understand that talk radio, whether conservative or liberal, is really just entertainment and they should do their own research on any given topic rather than swallow whatever Shawn Hannity / Cenk Uygur / Rush Limbaugh / Thom Hartmann or whoever feeds them.
 
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power_2_the_people

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The Fairness Doctrine is, in essence, is a piece of duct tape. Certain politicians wish to slap this theoretical duct tape over the mouths of conservative radio hosts. They have accused such individuals of "running America".

HOWEVER, the reality is that they aren't running America, the people are. And this is why they dislike the outspoken encouragement of these radio shows. Political talk shows such as Laura Ingraham, a personal favorite of mine, have been encouraging people to call their representitives. In fact, the new immigration bill would have been passed by now if it wasn't for the people's overwhelming dissent. This disturbs politicians. Rather than do what they want, they find that they now have to comply to the wishes of educated Americans- Americans educated by talk radio, which is one of the few remaining sources many can turn to for the whole picture. Thus, the reason why talk radio is being threatened. They must be silenced,or turned over to more liberal operators.

I do not condemn all liberals, only the ones who will sacrifice the heart of America for power. These are the liberals that we deal with today in politics. The idea that the conservatives thrive in a part of the media terrifies them. They won't stop until they have control.

Note that even the president has attacked talk radio. The simple fact is, most politicians have difficulty doing their job, and once they are forced into it, they become cranky. :rolleyes:Listening to the people is so old fashioned....
 
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top gun

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The fairness doctrine is a totally fair and equitable way of getting both sides some air time. There is no reason at all that just because one side (either side) happens to have bigger corporate sponsorships or because the station owners themselves lean one way or another (either way) that the other side of the argument should be left without a radio voice.

The fairness doctrine doesn't stop any free speech. No one is going to be forced off the air. All it does is create a more level playing field where both sides have some air time. This would be the case for both sides equally regardless of who's in power or who's popular at the time.

It's simply allowing both side of the argument to be heard by all on the same format so the American people can make an informed decision after hearing both sides.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with it at all and really to be on a side against it is to say nothing more than... we're holding a monopoly right now and we damn sure don't want to give that up. Believe me when the tide turns you'll hear these same people screaming for it... and it will be funny! ;)
 
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marv

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It seems to me that the solution is simple. All the liberals have to do on talk radio is find one who can sell advertising time. Maybe Al Franken will do to counter Rush.

I like capitalism. Conservatives listen to talk radio while they go about their work. Liberals watch TV while they...uh...er...eat popcorn maybe? Folks can buy what they want. Conservatives buy into talk radio while liberals buy into network news. I don't really see a problem. Isn't that what the free market is all about? And who would want to screw with that? Liberals?
 

CMK_Eagle

Registered Member
Good or bad idea...
Very bad idea. Short of prosecuting (credible) assassination threats, government has no business regulating political speech in any way, shape, or form.
 

ExpectantlyIronic

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marv,

Conservatives listen to talk radio while they go about their work. Liberals watch TV while they...uh...er...eat popcorn maybe?
Dude, liberals like myself listen to NPR like crack. Nothing soothes us quite like a dispassionate discussion of policy. Also, we eat hemp granola that we bought from the local co-op well listening to it. Popcorn could stain our Che Guevara t-shirts. Jeez man, get your stereotypes right.
 

Jeanie

still nobody's bitch
V.I.P.
marv,



Dude, liberals like myself listen to NPR like crack. Nothing soothes us quite like a dispassionate discussion of policy. Also, we eat hemp granola that we bought from the local co-op well listening to it. Popcorn could stain our Che Guevara t-shirts. Jeez man, get your stereotypes right.
that's some funny shit, man. I'm left of liberal, and I listen to Air America (but not Randi Rhodes, she's insane) & NPR. I don't buy into network news at all.
 

pro2A

Hell, It's about time!
I listen to Quinn and Rose on XM talk radio channel 165 and he was talking about the fairness doctrine. Most talk radio is market driven. Like most businesses, what does well sticks around. If a liberal talk show host isn't getting the ratings the station loses money and therefore he's taken off the air. Vice versa, if a talk show host has high ratings (which it seems like most conservative talk show hosts do) then the station keeps them on the air because they are making them money. There is no market for the liberal talk radio. All Hilary and Feinstein want to do is regulate freedom of speech, stations would lose money, in effect turning freedom of speech into socialism.
 
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