The Censor’s Doctrine

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    So long as Americans have a First Amendment the censor must always lie. Take away freedom of speech and censorship is nothing more than the government telling you what you cannot say. Put it this way: Censors are not liars in dictatorships.

    Even when the government is not the institution doing the censoring in America the censor always lies. The educator lies when he gives a student a failing grade for being politically incorrect; talking heads and print journalists lie when they slant or omit a political story. Institutions that receive tax dollars censor in direct violation of the First Amendment always justify censorship that goes far beyond enforcing the institution’s rules. Institutions of higher learning are the worst offenders in the way they practice censorship with tax dollars.

    Envious little institutional dictators who actually do the censoring always have a reason for censoring. I’ve never heard one say “I am censoring you because I don’t like what you said.” They always find some rule or other to hide behind.

    Forcing you to listen is a form of censorship. That is exactly what teachers do to students. Forcing you to listen is exactly what the Fairness Doctrine was all about before President Reagan did away with it. There’s a good chance the Fairness Doctrine will be reinstated:


    Rush identified the culprits:

    Democrat party strategy is to force the audience to listen to the liberal message whether it be environmental crapola or any other piece of socialism’s ideology. The problem for Democrats is that the radio audience is not a captive audience as are students in the education system. In 2008 Rush explained choice the Fairness Doctrine forces on management:

    Rush, Hannity, Savage face 'death by Obama'
    Talk radio could receive fatal blow if president wins 2nd term
    Published: 16 hours ago
    by JOE KOVACS

    Rush, Hannity, Savage face ‘death by Obama’

    The major stumbling block for Democrats is this: The First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech, it does not guarantee listeners. There is no doubt Democrats pray the radio audience will voluntarily listen to Big Brother’s “message(s).” The Fairness Doctrine’s track record shows that audiences refuse to listen. Democrats know that; so their objective is to kill the format as Rush warned. Democrat party philosophy is simple: “If you won’t listen to our messages you cannot listen to our opposites.”

    NOTE: Public Radio & Public Television cannot force people to listen, but the government does force the public to pay for the microphone. Should the Fairness Doctrine be reinstated it should apply to television entertainment shows, too. Opponents of every piece of liberal crap dialogue said by the characters in every show should get equal time to respond on the show being challenged.

    Shutting down conservative talk radio obscures the fact that the Fairness Doctrine is a shield for government officials who censor because they do not believe in freedom of speech. If they did they would know that the most offensive speech requires the most protection.

    Finally, nothing angers a personality that leans towards censorship more than somebody who won’t listen. I’ve run into censorship on every message board I posted on. The reasons varied the result was the same. Notice that liberals insist on equal time to respond to conservatives on the radio, while message board censors insist on equal time in a debate. I’m always tickled by that approach to censorship because message boards contain an ignore function (a filter) which makes the debate gambit a joke.
     
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    The book I cited in the OP covers a lot more than reinstating the Fairness Doctrine. Jerry McConnell over at Canada Free Press devotes today’s column to immigration:

    Obama’s October Surprise May Be His Ugliest Action Yet
    Jerry McConnell Wednesday, August 1, 2012

    Obama’s October Surprise May Be His Ugliest Action Yet

    I can’t help thinking that all criticism of Hussein’s immigration policies will be met by the censor’s ax on TV even without the Fairness Doctrine.
     

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