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Friday, December 05, 2008

Unfair and Unbalanced: The Fairness Doctrine

The latest video from CitizenLink examines the oppressive idea of the Fairness Doctrine, and liberals' hopes of returning this plague to our broadcast land.

The so-called Fairness Doctrine began in 1949 and gained prominence in the late 1960s. It was an FCC regulation requiring that if one viewpoint was expressed in broadcast, the opposing view had to also be broadcast.

Such lunacy only sounds fair in the liberal mind, where such nutty ideas are thought up that liberals feel the need to force normal people to give them an audience.

President Ronald Reagan did away with the Fairness Doctrine in 1987, and liberals have been trying to bring this socialist fossil back since then, but especially since the ascendancy of talk radio, which is almost entirely conservative.

Why is it almost entirely conservative? Is it because the evil media moguls will only allow the conservative viewpoint on talk radio...or is it because nobody wants to hear that drivel on the radio?

The abysmal failure and subsequent bankruptcy of the liberal attempt at talk radio, Air America, provides perhaps the best answer to that obvious question.

But with liberals back in charge of Congress, and now the White House, many liberals are drooling pools of spittle at the thought of once again being able to mandate the broadcast of their un-American ideas back-to-back with conservative radio programs.

And you can bet the same oppressive standard would be applied to Christian radio.

Homosexual activists and apologists are already working hard to silence Christians from speaking out about the immorality of homosexual behavior. Colorado passed a law a few months ago that only allows men to use women's restrooms if they "feel like a woman," but also prohibits the publication of "discriminative" material that is critical of homosexuality.

It's a sure bet that if liberals succeed in getting the Orwellian Fairness Doctrine re-established, they'll ensure that the pro-homosexual, pro-abortion, anti-Christian message goes out on what will have once-been Christian radio.

In his Stoplight® video commentary, Stuart Shepard explains how the efforts by Democratic leaders in Congress to force the so-called Fairness Doctrine on talk radio are like a pesky salesman who keeps trying to sell you something you don't want.


Anonymous said...

When private corporations monopolize a limited medium and use it for propaganda, freedom of speech demands equal time for opposing views. The right to turn the knob is meaningless when the only choice is off.

History has shown that when diversity of opinion is not given a voice, extremism will prosper. The quality and reasonableness of our nation’s political discourse has certainly suffered since the Fairness Doctrine disappeared.

The Fairness Doctrine is necessary because broadcast licenses are limited by a finite number of available frequencies. Licensees are acting as trustees of a scarce public resource when they operate a radio station and so have an obligation to their listening audience to present a variety of views.

Bob Ellis said...

Monopolized propaganda? You mean like the Leftist propaganda peddled by ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, PBS, NPR, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the LA Times, et al?

Funny, I haven't come across anything in the First Amendment or anywhere in the Constitution for that manner which dicates a "diversity of opinion," only "freedom of speech."

Best to stick with the Constitution rather than unconstitutional government-enforced speech, I think.

Anonymous said...

By the reasoning of Anonymous, cable and satellite broadcasts should be completely uncontrolled by the Feds. They are not public and there is little chance of running out of resources.

"Scarce public resource?" For real, do you know anything about radio broadcasting? Especially with the introduction of digital, there is a virtually limitless number of channels available.

There is nothing keeping libs from getting their message out on the radio...unless its an audience.

The Censorship Doctrine (I won't concede to the Left their Orwellian choice of words) will never stand up to a Supreme Court challenge, unless we include television, newspapers, the internet and all information outlets.

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