The Fairness Doctrine

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    Now that the election is over we can get to fighting the attacks that will be made on our freedoms.

    We know have a government with people who think free speech is just like pornography.

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    "You can't say government hands off in one commercial enterprise ,but you're allowed to intervene in another that's not consistent"

    Schumer likens speech on privately owned radio and TV stations to pornography and says they both should be controlled.

    This my fellow Americans is just the beginning.
     
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    So where do you draw the limit? Is hate speech ok when directed against any religion, ethnic group, or political party?
     
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    I'm against the fairness doctrine and I think most Americans are.
     
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    why not?
    doesn't your radio/tv have a tuner? why should the govt decide what gets to be said and what can't be said? are we not capable of deciding for ourselves?
     
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    This piece is good and below is the alternative argument - an example of the fairness doctrine in action.

    The Fairness Doctrine: How We Lost it, and Why We Need it Back

    A license permits broadcasting, but the licensee has no constitutional right to be the one who holds the license or to monopolize a...frequency to the exclusion of his fellow citizens. There is nothing in the First Amendment which prevents the Government from requiring a licensee to share his frequency with others.... It is the right of the viewers and listeners, not the right of the broadcasters, which is paramount.
    — U.S. Supreme Court, upholding the constitutionality of the Fairness Doctrine in Red Lion Broadcasting Co. v. FCC, 1969.


    Why The Fairness Doctrine Is Anything But Fair
     
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    It is not the job of the government to tell a privately owned entity what speech it can or cannot broadcast, print,or publish.

    And viewers and listeners ARE making those decisions aren't they. Just look at the absolute failure Air America was. Now the government is saying that radio stations have to air what the public doesn't want?
     
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    That is why there is a tuner, if there is something you don't want to listen too you have the ability to change the station.

    It's ok, luckily the fairness doctrine won't transfer over too satelitte radio, if this gets enacted it will just be the final nail in the coffin for AM radio and everyone will move to sirius
     
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    Everyone's already being forced to have digital cable come next year, so why not take over radio as well. :rolleyes:
     
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    They aren't taking over digital cable, but switching over the analog signal to digital.

    So its for people who want the free tv, AS OF RIGHT NOW, government can not do anything about satelitte radio because it is a paid subscription.

    But hey, I am sure they can get their hands in it someway or another
     
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    The Fairness Doctrine attempts to level the playing field in a commerical medium that it's been proven especially in talk radio that liberal talk personalities have traditionally not faired well. So, because people do not care to listen to stations like Air America and others, the Fairness doctrine attempts to force them too anyway. What most don't seem to grasp here, is the fact there is a thing called and off button, and something further a little thing called a *choice* to listen or not.

    However, the Fairness Doctirne can cut both way's, take for example, shows like Keith Olbermann's and Maddow's . The implemeantation of this doctrine would itself bring about the change not only in media on the conservative level but also on the liberal level.
     

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