July 21, 2007

Why is it that only Democrats want to revive the Fairness Doctrine?

The latest moron to attempt to rationalize bringing back the Fairness Doctrine is New York Representative Maurice Hinchey. His argument hinges on the fact that "the broadcast spectrum is owned by the general public, it's not owned by any individual or any corporation," and that

when people turn on their television, not cable, but the broadcast system openly, they should have an opportunity to get all forms of ideas and various opinions. All forms of opinions, so that people can make decisions for themselves, not have those decisions rammed on them by anyone else.

Well hey, at least cable seems safe from these "airwave guardians"! (Although, obviously, Hinchey obviously isn't all that familiar with how vable TV works, the dope.)

The obvious implication of Hinchey's argument is that [talk] radio -- which uses the "broadcast system" -- also uses the "public airwaves" and hence would be subject to regulation. THAT'S what guys like Hinchley are really after, and don't you forget it. But here's the really scary part: Hinchey thinks that even the most preposterous conspiracy theories are worthy of "equal time." In response to a question about whether Holocaust deniers should have an opportunity to "rebut" a report on the event, he said:

Any particular point of view that you have, if somebody has an alternative point of view, then there is a responsibility to give that point of view an opportunity to be heard.

Wow. Just ... wow.

But back to this post's title -- can some Democrats explain to us why only they believe revival of the F.D. is so important? (Honestly, that is.)

Posted by Felix at July 21, 2007 10:49 AM | TrackBack

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The obvious implication of Hinchey's argument is that [talk] radio

That's it in a nutshell. 'Nuff said.

Posted by: Hube at July 21, 2007 11:25 AM

Reminds me of the old story of an NPR reporter calling a noted liberal Protestant religious scholar looking for a "responsible anti-Catholic" to provide live, on-air rebuttal of the "Whore of Babylon" during a papal visit some years back.

I'm curious -- does Hinchey believe that Kluxers and Nazis should get equal time as well?

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at July 21, 2007 09:05 PM

Stop calling it the Fairness Doctrine and call it what it really is: Monitored Broadcasting.

Posted by: The Unabrewer at July 23, 2007 12:20 AM