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December 22, 2008

Fairness Doctrine unfair

The “Fairness Doctrine,” as proposed to our Congress, is nothing but an attempt to silence any criticism made by talk radio. Some of the conservative talk show hosts would be forced off the air.

Is it possible that such a law could pass in America?

William H. Corken
Lee’s Summit

Comments

GCYL

“Discussion of the "Fairness Doctrine" is the best thing for right wing talk radio.” - tomw

It reminds me of the radical, leftwing, conspiracy nut cases that incessantly drone on about how some one stole the 2000 and 2004 elections.

tomw

Pretty quiet thread after this comment...

"What bill would that be? The only thing anyone can dig up is from over three years ago, and if you look closely you'll see less than 20 co-sponsors out of 435. Yeah. Real big threat."

Discussion of the "Fairness Doctrine" is the best thing for right wing talk radio.

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

Well Jim, we have a different Congress now and a different administration. Look at the Lt. PEBO has in place. Maybe we will se a sequel to GoodFellas, Joe Pesci can play Rahmbo.

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

Congress has made plenty of laws thar are unconstitutional. I hope the current administartion passes a full blown policy disallowing what can be said unless it agrees with their flavor.

Jim

*sigh* This is getting tiresome.

Williams says, "The “Fairness Doctrine,” as proposed to our Congress..."

What bill would that be? The only thing anyone can dig up is from over three years ago, and if you look closely you'll see less than 20 co-sponsors out of 435. Yeah. Real big threat.

Give it up already. For people who whine about people playing the victim card, conservative fearmongers have become quite adept at playing it themselves.

kcstar_is_one_sided

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

Hanson here H.R. 501

Basically one party/gang wants freedom of speech ONLY for their opinion or point of view. I doubt they will shutdown the loudmouth and often bogus Michael Moore, Rosie O'Donnell, CNN, MSNBC, etc.


http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c109:h501:

TinaMcG

As long as the founder of Air America radio agrees with Rush Limbaugh on the future of the Fairness Doctrine, I doubt is stands a chance of being resurrected.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122990390599425181.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

There is simply no way anyone can be the arbiter of what constitutes 'fair and balanced'. It won't happen.

Marctnts

My guess is that the catalysts for right-wing radio were Pelosi's comments in June of this year that "the interest in my caucus is to introduce legislation to re-instate it", and when asked if she supported a revival of the doctrine, her answer of "yes".

Obama has said that he opposes revival of the doctrine, and combined with the bigger issues he's inheriting in January, my guess is that there won't be a move on it anytime soon.

T. Hanson

Please someone tell me what bill this is?

For the life of me the only place I hear this is on some Right Wing Talk radio that keeps beating it to death when there is nothing good in the news.

Marctnts

Want to re-institute the fairness doctrine? Quit leasing frequencies to PRIVATE companies for their EXCLUSIVE use and convert all frequencies to open-access.

This, of course, won't happen as long as the FCC makes huge amounts of money from leasing, but any "higher ground" in the argument is lost until such a move is made.

solomon

I agree with GCYL....Merry Christmas

GCYL

“Is it possible that such a law could pass in America?” - William H. Corken

Gee, William, since the illiterate majority has passed laws to avoid their personal responsibility to look for and read NO SMOKING signs, I’d say it’s possible that all kinds of laws could pass in America.

 
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