Why would anyone try to revive the Fairness Doctrine?

February 22, 2009 at 2:55 pm 1 comment

Lots of conservative commentators have been clamoring to stop liberals from re-enacting the Fairness Doctrine.  Mostly it seemed that they were just using the Doctrine as a weapon against any policy they didn’t like.  However, now it seems that certain democratic lawmakers are actually proposing to bring the doctrine back.

First, let me say I think it’s political suicide to try.  It just gives republicans way too much ammo against the democrats and their policies.  And most studies have found that it wasn’t a very effective policy to begin with, so whats the point?

But beyond all this, I think all of these people are missing a fundamental truth.  Why would we need to worry about whats on the radio when we have the internet?  Seriously, what’s to be gained bringing back a policy designed to promote alternative viewpoints on traditional media when it’s clear that the traditional media is in decline?  Young people growing up today are not listening to Rush on the radio, they’re listening to podcasts on their iPhones.  Sure, the situation is probably somewhat damaging in the present, but it’ll only get better as time goes on.  And given that Republicans can now shout “Fairness Doctrine” at any piece of legislation they don’t like, it seems like a lot to give up for no gain.

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  • 1. PBCliberal  |  February 22, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Many of the quotes being used by the big right wing radio conglomerates to panic their listeners are 9 months to a year old. The new ones are halfhearted support, like Debbie Stabenow, who has a dog in the fight, or Bill Press, who has money on the same dog. This is a strawman being ginned up as cover.

    What they’re really afraid of at the big right wing noise machine is something else entirely.

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