Monday, February 16, 2009

Making It Fair Again

There is great debate about any push to reinstate the broadcast "Fairness Doctrine". The law existed for decades, designed to push radio and TV stations into offering both sides of a political debate. It was a difficult law to enforce and made like rough for broadcasters, particularly those with smaller staffs.  However (and this is why I'm torn on the issue) it did mandate that both sides would be heard. We have, in recent years, lost much of that with the explosion of corporate ownership of many, many, stations - often pushing nothing but a conservative point of view, effectively shutting out the more progressive thoughts. If you care to get up to speed, Len Hart has a detailed post about the problems and some great comments from his readers.

Why We Must Restore the 'Fairness Doctrine'

Restoring the 'Fairness Doctrine' is an important first step in taking back media from the likes of Fox, Bill O'Reilly and the legion of paid liars, pundits and press agents for the corporate 'media-ocracy'. Ronald Reagan stole the 'public airwaves' from you and, since that time [...]
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