Fairness or Control

There is increasing talk about the so-called Fairness Doctrine being brought back from the ash heap of unnecessary government action. So, what is it or was it and should it come back or not? Better yet, ask who wants it and who does not.Therein may lie the real crux of the matter.

So far and this is probably not a complete list, we have a  number of individuals saying that it should probably return in one form or another. Some of the names will be more familiar than others.

  • Bill Clinton
  • Sen Debbie Stabenow,Democrat,MI(married to liberal radio guy, Tom Athans)
  • Jerry Brown,Democrat and Attorney General of the state of California
  • Sen Tom Harkin,Democrat,IA
  • Sen Jeff Bingaman,Democrat,NM
  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi,Democrat,CA
  • President Barack Obama (this is maybe,kinda,sorta true, he did say not to listen to Rush)

So, we have a few members of the cast.A brief look at the Fairness Doctrine itself. In its first life, it lasted from 1949-1987 and according to Sen. Bingaman public discussion was at a higher level and more intelligent then than it is now. The doctrine required holders of broadcast licenses to present both sides of controversial issues in a way that would be considered  honest and equitable by the FCC. At the time the Fairness Doctrine was instituted there were less than 100 radio stations doing talk radio. Today there are over 2,500. With that many stations available to the listening public, t would seem a virtual certainty that there are a plenitude of viewpoints being expressed. Granted,Rush Limbaugh’s views are heard more than those by say Air America but one surmises that lack of fairness on the part of radio stations is not the reason.

So, one must wonder if there is just a bit of censorship at play here or maybe even jealousy or one of its relatives. After all, Attorney General Brown said that a little state control would not hurt anyone. I think that contrary to some opinions that they are shutting down progressive radio in city after city that rather the lack of an audience is taking care of that.

Watch this issue, I doubt it will go away.

February 15, 2009 - Posted by | Media, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Politics aside, I read this article, it mentioned the Tarheels and then I thought it might be an article that struck your interest.

    Let me know if you like it.


    Comment by Andy McMahon | February 17, 2009 | Reply

  2. Thanks Andy, it was quite a good read and told me of a side of Stephen Curry of which I was unaware. The young man has an opportunity to do good stuff for the kingdom, dont you think?

    Comment by Tarheeltalker | February 17, 2009 | Reply

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