Wednesday, June 27, 2007

“It’s time to reinstitute the Fairness Doctrine”

That ominous quote is from Sen. Dick Durbin. He may get help from the Republicans in Congress angry over their (so far) failed Amnesty Bill. From the Hill:

“It’s time to reinstitute the Fairness Doctrine,” said Senate
Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). “I have this old-fashioned attitude that
when Americans hear both sides of the story, they’re in a better position to
make a decision.”The Fairness Doctrine, which the FCC discarded in 1985,
required broadcasters to present opposing viewpoints on controversial political
issues. Prior to 1985, government regulations called for broadcasters to “make
reasonable judgments in good faith” on how to present multiple viewpoints on
controversial issues.

Senate Rules Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)
said she planned to “look at the legal and constitutional aspects of” reviving
the Fairness Doctrine. “I believe very strongly that the airwaves are public and
people use these airwaves for profit,” she said. “But there is a responsibility
to see that both sides and not just one side of the big public questions of
debate of the day are aired and are aired with some modicum of fairness.”

The government loves to manage things, don't they? Doing a really good job protecting our borders, right? The bottom line is, after the powerof the Fairness Doctrine was eased in the 1980's, you had a resurge of conservatism in this country. Before, the average American had little outlet to express their views, because the top networks, ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN controlled the message. And Talk Radio hosts don't just espouse their own views, but those of the majority. So, its in the Liberals' best interest to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine, so once again they control the message. Many of our status quo Republicans will likely go along with this, because, as long as they get earmarks to their constituents, and stay in office for a lifetime, who cares about the rest of the country?

HT to Powerline.