After hearing all of the back-and-forth on the alleged proposal to bring back the FCC's Fairness Doctrine, I have finally made a decision on what the correct position to take is.
I'm all for it.
Please understand a Fairness Doctrine truly could not apply solely to radio, as that would not be a fair and reasonable approach. It would also have to apply to television - including all the cable and satellite channels. This works for me.
The core of the Fairness Doctrine was to allow the "responsible, opposing viewpoint" a "reasonable" chance to air their views on a issue so that a slanted, one-sided argument couldn't unduly influence folks. Fine.
For Conservative Talk Radio and Fox News Channel, the solution is very simple: re-run MSNBC's Keith Olberman's nightly diatribe at 3:00 AM. There is more than enough venom and hatred for anything Conservative in that show to more than offset any Conservative argument in the other 23 hours.
For the other radio stations and channels, it will be a tad more problematic - let me provide some examples:
CNN will have to give Rush Limbaugh *at least* 2 hours everyday to counteract their programming, he may need more. Every moment of airtime they do at CNN drips with enough leftist propaganda that it all needs to equally counteracted.
The "major networks" (ABC, CBS, NBC) will need to provide an equal number of ours to their national news coverage to provide balance. They may also need to provide additional time due to the sociopolitical content of most of their programming. Certainly "The View" needs to be balanced out.
As BET often has programming about the political issues concerning the African American Community, they will need to turn over several hours of their programming each day to the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the various White Power movements.
Univision, the hispanic network, due to political content related to the "plight" of hispanics and "undocumented workers," would have to give over several hours each day to groups like Grassfire.org, who oppose illegal immigration.
Lifetime television would have to give over several hours each day to NASCAR Racing and Professional Wrestling.
You might have noticed that I made no mention of Liberal Talk Radio...as no one listens to that anyway, there is no need to balance that programming...
Or, we could just all realize that with 500+ channels, thousands of radio stations, thousands of magazines and newspapers, and inumerable websites presenting every possible (and a few likely impossible) political viewpoints, there exists a "Fair" chance to get everything out into the public eye.
Instituting the Fairness Doctrine and applying it to only radio would be a mindless and cynical admission on the part of politicians on the Left side of the spectrum that they are not capable of offering political views in such a way as to not engender opposition. Silencing a viewpoint you counteract is the act of a totalitarian government, not a democratic republic. So Senator Boxer, with all due respect, please Shove It!
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