Here Come the Fairness Doctrine

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    Since Dems cannot compete in the arena of ideas with Conservatoves, libs must find a way to change the rules

    Everytime liberals try to go up against conservatives on radio they fail.

    Now Dems want the government to monitor political speech on the radio




    Her Royal Fairness
    By The Prowler
    Published 5/14/2007 12:09:36 AM


    SALEM'S WITCH TRIAL
    According to two members of the House Democrat Caucus, Reps. Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer have informed them that they will "aggressively pursue" reinstatement of the so-called Fairness Doctrine over the next six months. In January, Democrat presidential candidate Rep. Dennis Kucinich announced that he was going to pursue the Fairness Doctrine through his Government Reform subcommittee. That announcement was greeted with silence. But now, Pelosi has moved things to the front burner.

    Much of the doctrine, regulated through the FCC, was largely dumped in 1987. Other parts of it, related to "personal attack" rule and the "political editorial" rule, remained in place until 2000. The personal attack rule required anyone "attacked" over the airwaves to be notified beforehand and given an opportunity to respond. A similar rule was followed for the political editorial, where a broadcaster endorsing one political candidate or issue had to give similar time for a response from those not endorsed or supported.

    The decision to press for re-establishment of the Fairness Doctrine now seems to have developed for two reasons. "First, [Democrats] failed on the radio airwaves with Air America, no one wanted to listen," says a senior adviser to Pelosi. "Conservative radio is a huge threat and political advantage for Republicans and we have had to find a way to limit it. Second, it looks like the Republicans are going to have someone in the presidential race who has access to media in ways our folks don't want, so we want to make sure the GOP has no advantages going into 2008."

    That last comment appeared to be a veiled reference to former Sen. Fred Thompson, who appears to be gearing up for a presidential run. Over the past year, he has built a following both over the AM airwaves through the ABC Radio network, as well as through almost daily appearances across cable TV on the TV show Law & Order, where he plays a tough-talking district attorney.

    According to another Democrat leadership aide, Pelosi and her team are focused on several targets in the fight, including Rush Limbaugh and the Salem Radio Network. In fact, Kucinich's staff has begun investigating Salem, one of the fastest growing radio networks in the country, which features such popular -- and highly rated -- conservative hosts as Bill Bennett and Michael Medved, and Christian hosts such as Dr. Richard Land.

    "They are identifying senior employees, their political activities and their political giving," says a Government Reform committee staffer. "Salem is a big target, but the big one is going to be Limbaugh. We know we can't shut him up, but we want to make life a bit more difficult for him."


    http://www.spectator.org/util/print.asp?art_id=11427
     
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    Leveling the Media Playing Field
    The Democrats are vying to reinstate the 'fairness doctrine'—in a bid to combat conservative dominance of the radio airwaves.


    May 15, 2007 - As the 10 Republican presidential candidates debate this week on their favorite cable network—Fox News—Capitol Hill Democrats are planning a new drive for access elsewhere, on talk radio and local broadcast TV.

    The goal? To level the media playing field in time for the 2008 election.

    Talk radio has long been a crucial power base for conservatives and Republicans; local TV stations are not.

    They shy away from public-affairs programming altogether, and yet they rake in ever-larger wads of cash on political advertising.

    Democrats have two media-access goals.

    One is to prod local broadcast television and radio stations to renew their atrophied commitment to producing and airing their own public-affairs programming—shows that Democrats think would at least give them a chance to be heard. Some Democrats want to require stations to give free time for campaign debates, and even free campaign advertising as part of the stations’ “public-service” licensing requirement.

    The Democrats’ more ambitious (and longer-range) goal is to reinstate the “Fairness Doctrine.”


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    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18681897/site/newsweek/
     
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    Sounds like a good goal to me.

    There's no reason why nutjobs like Limbaugh and Hannity should be able to spew their vile, hate-driven propaganda over the airwaves without counterpoint. Their audiences are typically the bottom of the barrel of American society. If they aren't allowed to hear the other side of the story these knuckle-dragging baboons go around thinking they're hearing the whole truth. Then they vote for candidates like Dubya and we know what a mess that causes for our country.

    I can see how the fairness doctrine just might smarten America up.
     
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    There we go, Dems cant compete so change the rules. Does this mean that on National TV programs the Republicans can DEMAND equal time? CBS, ABC, NBC and all their left wing cable versions must provide equal time on any program for Republicans and Conservatives? How about the left wing programs on cable? will they be required to provide "equal access"?

    Maybe we can get a "Fairness Doctrine" for Comedy Central? Or Bill Mauher? How about all the stand up Comics that are vehemently against Republicans and Conservatives? Can we demand a "Fairness Doctrine"?

    And your post is very indicitive of your elitist bent and your "superior Intellect". Your a biased boob that is trying to think for the rest of us, of course for our "own good".
     
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    We have a thing in this country then many enjoy and don't seem to completely understand ^^^^^^^^, called freedom.

    If you don't like it move somewhere else.
     
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    For a party that bellows about free speech - they sure want to silence anyone who disagrees with them

    Also, libs were in a tizzy the government was listening to terrorist phone calls - now they want the government to monitor political speech
     
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    The Fairness Doctrine: Revenge for Air America's Failure
    Posted by Matthew Sheffield on May 20, 2007 - 03:30.
    The Fairness Doctrine, the law that effectively put the kibosh on political talk radio for a number of years, might be coming back if congressional Democrats have their way. According to Fred Thompson, this turn of events was prompted in part by the failure of Air America radio:

    The real issue here is not what you “can” see or hear — which is what the Fairness Doctrine was about originally. It’s what you’re “choosing” to see or hear.

    Insiders say it was the collapse of the radio station “Air America” that led to this attempt to retool the Fairness Doctrine as a form of de facto censorship. I guess the idea is that, if you can’t compete in the world of ideas, you pass a law that forces radio stations to air your views. In effect, it would force a lot of radio stations to drop some talk show hosts — because they would lose money providing equal airtime to people who can’t attract a market or advertisers.

    The funny thing is that the success of the current crop of radio talk show hosts is due, in part, to a lot of people’s perception that broadcast television doesn’t give the views of their audience a fair shake. Maybe I shouldn’t admit it, since I dabble in radio myself, but this media used to be viewed as a kind of broadcast ghetto. The bicoastal elite had such a grip on the major newspapers and television networks; they pretty much ignored the hinterlands. It was media flyover country.

    Now congressional leaders say they want to “level the playing field” there too — meaning they want to diminish the importance of conservative talk radio. In other words, they don’t trust the results of freedom and the marketplace. Why am I not surprised?

    http://newsbusters.org/node/12879
     
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    This is where I may agree more with RSR than with you. I think that media should be left up to the free market place. It is too bad that people don’t care to listen to Air America. There are ways in which liberals can get their bias out. Perhaps some day there will be a liberal equivalent to Rush. Government should not force “equal time” onto the public. If there is a niche for liberal-slanted news, the market will find a way to get it to the people. Why not create your own news relay station and air liberal stuff?

    Some things are probably best handled at least to a small degree by government (the public sector): national defense, labor regulation, environmental safety, etc. Some things, particularly those things that aren’t as crucial to America’s immediate survival, are best left to the private sector and free market – news and commentary being one of them.
     
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