June 28, 2007

The movement is growing: Fairness Doctrine

UPDATE: Post moved up to top. Why? Good news: The House agrees 309-115 to a Mike Pence amendment to ban the FCC from implementing the Doctrine.

John Kerry is the latest Democrat bigwig to jump on the bandwagon:

Calling it one of the "most profound changes in the balance of the media," he said conservatives have been able to "squeeze down and squeeze out opinion of opposing views. I think it has been a very important transition in the imbalance of our public dialog," he said.

You know, if these dimwits persist in this nonsense, I guarantee it'll come back to bite them in the ass. Want to see all those Hollywood "advocacy movies" on the tube? Gotta balance 'em with a conservative flick. That means Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" doesn't get aired on TV unless there's a movie to counter it. Ditto (pun intended) any of Michael Moore's films. Or MANY Hollywood films for that matter. Hell, even "Erin Brockovich" would have to be balanced. And you can bet conservatives will be out in force demanding network newscasts be perfectly balanced in every way -- points of view, political labels used, even the number of words used in news reports.

Be careful what you wish for, liberals.

UPDATE: Greg at Rhymes With Right has a local (Houston, TX) story about how the market is supposed to work when it comes to talk radio.

Posted by Hube at June 28, 2007 08:08 PM | TrackBack

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Very, very, VERY good points (this coming from, for lack of a better term, a hippie).

It's unrelated, but don't even advocate the use of IE... be it IE6 or IE7. Firefox is the only way to go.

Posted by: Mat Marshall at June 27, 2007 09:44 PM

It's not just liberals -- Several days ago Trent Lott stated that something had to be done.

I agree with you, Hube, nothing should be done. It is up to us to hold these wing nuts accountable for their propagandistic cherry picking and distortions.

Posted by: Perry Hood at June 27, 2007 09:53 PM

If you are old enough to remember public discourse befor Reagan tossed the fairness doctrine and introduced the country to Rush et al - you'd long for its the return.

Posted by: jason330 at June 28, 2007 12:02 AM

I am, Jason! I think the internet, mainly, has enabled us to get back to those days. I can see a fairness doctrine being generated and enforced in the waning days of the election cycle, say 90 days or so. It will always be a problem, however, on where to draw the line on who can participate and who cannot. As I recall, that was an issue in the '80's, and still is.

Posted by: Perry Hood at June 28, 2007 08:39 AM

Welcome, Mat! Thanks for stopping by. I enjoyed our discussion about the "Bong Hits" case over at Mike Matthews. You're correct about IE -- I never use it at home; however, at work, I have no choice. :-(

Posted by: Hube at June 28, 2007 08:48 AM

Jason: I'm older than you and I see nothing but a betterment of political discourse. More people are politically aware given all the different outlets by which to get information. And, to be honest, you -- longing for "better political discourse" -- is pretty funny considering ... !

Posted by: Hube at June 28, 2007 08:51 AM

Perry: Lott wasn't advocating the Fairness Doctrine's return. He was miffed at talk radio only b/c they are largely against the immigration bill and what he wanted "done" was -- in his view -- for the "true" story about the bill to be told. Which is what talk radio was doing! Lott didn't like that.

Posted by: Hube at June 28, 2007 08:53 AM

Hube, I don't think An Inconvenient Truth would count...there's a consensus, remember! A consensus!

Posted by: Ryan S. at June 28, 2007 09:52 AM

Jason, if the "Fairness" doctrine is enforced across the board, that means Daily Kos has to run pieces by Ann Coulter. Do you really want that? Of course, the Dems are only talking about re-regulating AM radio, since that's the only media outlet where they don't have supremacy.

Now, Trent Lott and the GOP leadership are upset because Big Talk has become an outlet for conservatives to slam them for abandoning their principles on everything from health care to border security. Sure, they loved it back when it was Rush beating up on Bill Clinton 24/7, now not so much.

"If you are old enough to remember public discourse before Reagan tossed the fairness doctrine and introduced the country to Rush et al - you'd long for its the return."

I'm old enough to remember that there was hardly any real discourse apart from Firing Line. Radio was nothing but top 40 dreck, on both AM and FM bands. Please don't bring those days back!

Posted by: G Rex at June 28, 2007 10:13 AM

I'm sure this situation here in Houston will be exhibit one of why government should make conservative talk radio listeners "eat their broccoli".


Posted by: Rhymes With Right at June 28, 2007 10:45 AM

Re Inconvenient Truth, did you catch Bruce Willis on OReilly last night?

He mocked Al Gore but said he saw Gore's movie and said he himself was working on a movie. Willis said it was going to be called "An Unappealing Hunch".

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