February 26, 2009
-- by Dave Johnson
The Fairness Doctrine was a policy on use of the broadcast airwaves that said that since the public owns the airwaves we have a right to demand that companies we license to profit from them support democracy by presenting news and information that is in the public interest and present a diversity of opinion. The idea was that big corporations cannot buy up and use the public airwaves to spew right-wing corporate propaganda.
In 1969 the Supreme Court unanimously upheld the Fairness Doctrine.
Ronald Reagan got rid of the Fairness Doctrine, saying that "markets" should decide what information, news and opinions people are presented with. The Congress immediately voted to bring back the fairness rules, but Reagan vetoed this.
Under George Bush the Congress again voted to restore these rules, but Bush vetoed it.
Under Clinton a majority of the Congress again voted to restore these rules, but the Republicans in the Senate filibustered.
So today they had a chance to bring back rules of fairness and democracy. What happened? DEMOCRATS cut their own throats and overwhelmingly voted to back corporate control of what we are allowed to know. "Democrats cave again." Does this sound familiar?
Do they think the corporate media is now going to say good things about Democrats and unions and democracy? Do they think Rush Limbaugh is going to praise them for backing him?
The Senate approved an amendment Thursday that would outlaw the so-called "Fairness Doctrine," an off-the-books policy that once required broadcasters to air opposing viewpoints on controversial issues.THIS is how Republicans win. They don't give up. They deny the popular will. And eventually they wear down the Democrats until they just cave.
Republican Sen. Jim DeMint's amendment passed by a wide margin of 87-to-11.
Posted by Dave Johnson at February 26, 2009 12:22 PM
You are foaming at the mouth with ignorance. According to UCLA and the University of Missouri our media has a "strong liberal bias". The fairness doctrine is just another way for liberals to silence conservative viewpoints. Liberals aren't used to a conservative media outlet. When Fox and Rush became popular liberals cried foul. Get over yourselves you left wing lunatics and realize that it's only fair that we have multiple news outlets that hold multiple views points on politics.
Someone needs a nap -- and a troll hat.
Conservatives welcome the debate on the fairness doctrine. It shows the true colors of most liberals. What is ironic is the fairness doctrine in and of itself isn't fair. It only applies to talk radio, how convenient. It would have to be applied to all media outlets to be fair. This is direct and intentional silencing of certain viewpoints that pelosi, reid and kerry dont want the country to hear.
Wow the very idea that any viewpoint besides Right Wing Idiocy is a silencing of Right Wing Idiocy?
It is true that a hundred lies and illogic can be destroyed by a single voice of sanity. If free speech was actually free then money could not own it all, and stupidity would look plain stupid.
I would be very happy that each and every bit of the Public Commons air waves be licensed to one human per reasonable commercial wavelength. Include all broadcast television radio etc and use technology so that nobody takes up the space that can now be shared by dozens of stations.
Then anyone could have a station and broadcast what they like, including radical right wing ideas or left. If there is no person who wishes the wavelength, broadcast what they want, but if they do not, then anyone could challenge and offer the public more for the use of their commons.
That would be real free enterprise, not that fake stuff where huge companies control all of what is broadcast. How free is that!
Posted by: FreeDem at February 27, 2009 12:46 PM
It's been pretty obvious to anyone who has been paying attention that the Democratic Leadership has been under the direct control of the Republican Party since the Dems let Reagan get away with numerous war crimes and violations of our sacred US Constitution back in the 1980s.
As to lc's laughable assertions that America's media has a 'liberal bias' anyone who has paid any attention to the media since 1980 has clearly watched the media move further and further right over the last 28 years.
What has changed is the definitions. What used to me right-of-center back in 1980 is now far-left liberalism. What used to be far-right extremism is now main-stream Conservatism.
What lc claims is 'liberal bias' is in reality favoritism of right-of-center politics.
By lc's standards, President Eisenhower would be a far-left radical traitor.
Actually the Fairness Doctrine - the requirement that broadcasters set aside some time to broadcast information, news, documentaries and a variety of opinions in the public interest, instead of just use our airwaves for profit or to promote anti-democracy corporate drivel - would apply to all broadcast media, just as it used to.
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