The Fairness Doctrine

“So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause.”
When it comes to influencing public opinion, broadcasting has been the single most powerful force in American society since the turn of the 20th century, but especially since 1987. That's the year American society lost accountability for one-sided opinions spread over the airwaves.
South Dakota Public Radio is apparently under the impression that there are no Native American journalists with the intelligence or reporting skills to grace this program with their presence.
The Senate approved an amendment Thursday that would outlaw the so-called "Fairness Doctrine," an off-the-books policy that
President Obama opposes any move to bring back the so-called Fairness Doctrine, a spokesman told Wednesday. Read
Let's be clear about what happened: Durbin, along with 86 other senators, voted to keep the Fairness Doctrine in the grave
The latest panic over the Fairness Doctrine is becoming a full-blown epidemic. The hysteria is no longer limited to right-wing radio and the Republican Caucus. Some prominent Democrats are catching it, too.
Reform the use of those airwaves. Reform it now. Reform their use boldly and in the spirit of the responsibility spelled out in the U.S. Constitution.
1. Bigfoot 2. Killer Bees 3. Fluoride in the drinking water 4. Canada 5. The return of the Fairness Doctrine. Let's review
Will is apparently among the paranoid-schizophrenics who have come to believe that the Fairness Doctrine is poised to make some sort of comeback.
It's time for the Democrats to take a long and hard look at that old Fairness Doctrine, revise it and restore it for our times.
It seems that anytime the GOP dips in the polls, up pops news of a secret plot to "drive political talk radio off the dial," to quote the Post. It's red meat for the right-wing base.
The entire issue of regulating broadcasting was relegated to one relatively short sentence in a long paragraph about how
Nearly half of Americans (47%) believe the government should require all radio and television stations to offer equal amounts
There's a huge concern among conservative talk radio hosts that reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine would all-but destroy
My "Barack and Rush" blog created a relative storm of comments and disagreements on the issue of reinstating the Fairness
Barack was right to dismiss the Fairness Doctrine issue: it might have been a good idea when it was first imposed in 1949, but it became outmoded and cumberson, in addition to being unconstitutional.
Conservative fears of an impending Democratic attack on right-wing talk radio continue to escalate, despite ample evidence that such an assault is unlikely to occur.
Certainly I do not want the government defining "fairness". What could be more frightening then the government trying to impose their definition of "fairness" on America's radio stations?
Broadcasters have the power to turn this nation away from the hatred and the divisive dialogue that has rendered such a corrosive effect on our body politic.