Friday, February 06, 2009

Fairness Doctrine Paranoia?

Each and every time the Fairness Doctrine is discussed, someone (or a few someones) from the left claim it's right-wing paranoia and that no one is looking to impose rules that would require radio stations to limit big money makers like Rush Limbaugh to give "equal air time" to big money losers like Air America DJs.

I disagree. I think they would love to impose their brand of "fairness" on talk radio. I also think they forget that EVERY THING else is dominated by them, so would we get equal time in the NYT or in Hollywood movies?

For those that think talk of the Fairness Doctrine is Conservative hype, read this:

"BILL PRESS: Yeah, I mean, look: [Right Wing Radio Hosts] have a right to say that. They’ve got a right to express that. But, they should not be the only voices heard. So, is it time to bring back the Fairness Doctrine?

: I think it’s absolutely time to pass a standard. Now, whether it’s called the Fairness Standard, whether it’s called something else — I absolutely think it’s time to be bringing accountability to the airwaves. I mean, our new president has talked rightly about accountability and transparency. You know, that we all have to step up and be responsible. And, I think in this case, there needs to be some accountability and standards put in place.

BILL PRESS: Can we count on you to push for some hearings in the United States Senate this year, to bring these owners in and hold them accountable?

SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW (D-MI): I have already had some discussions with colleagues and, you know, I feel like that’s gonna happen. Yep." (source)

An interesting little aside to Senator Stabenow is that her husband is (drum roll please) a liberal talk radio executive. And, though it has no real bearing on the story, you should be aware of the fact that this liberal husband of a liberal Senator was involved in paying for sex and having the poor, young girl just trying to get money for her electric bill sent to prison as he walked... So, using the tenets of the Fairness Doctrine, does a Conservative now get a prostitution pass?

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