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.
The Senate approved an amendment Thursday that would outlaw the so-called "Fairness Doctrine," an off-the-books policy that
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 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.
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
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.