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Thread: Should we bring back the fairness doctrine?

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    Re: Should we bring back the fairness doctrine?

    Quote Originally Posted by mac View Post
    I would rather have highly biased news than state controlled news.
    One is as bad as the other, but I do have more trust(10%) in state news than private news(1%).
    We need reform , and better people here as well.
    It can start with open-ness and honesty.
    Right now we have conservative and liberal biased media mixed in with sensationalized "news". Quite the useless mess.

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    Re: Should we bring back the fairness doctrine?

    The Fairness Doctrine was a policy of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), introduced in 1949, that required the holders of broadcast licenses both to present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was, in the Commission's view, honest, equitable and balanced.
    The rub lies in who appoints the Commission and how balanced is their assessment? Slippery slope. If that definition, from Wiki, is the upshot, then I would absolutely NOT support it.

    HOWEVER, I do think that something should be done about both left and right intentional misinterpretation of the facts in order to confuse the general public.

    With the healthcare debate, there was an email circulating that, if one read it, one was appalled that Congress would pass something so tricky-dicky. It cited chapter/verse in the bill itself. After closer examination, checking out these cited sections and subsections (who does that except some dumb lady in Chicago?), it was all lies.
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    Re: Should we bring back the fairness doctrine?

    Screw the fairness doctrine what I would like to see is more localized ownership of media.

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    Re: Should we bring back the fairness doctrine?

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    Screw the fairness doctrine what I would like to see is more localized ownership of media.
    THAT. A lot.
    I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.

    Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.

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    Re: Should we bring back the fairness doctrine?

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    One is as bad as the other, but I do have more trust(10%) in state news than private news(1%).
    We need reform , and better people here as well.
    It can start with open-ness and honesty.
    Right now we have conservative and liberal biased media mixed in with sensationalized "news". Quite the useless mess.
    You'd rather only hear what the government wants you to hear? The first indication that freedom is lost is state controlled media.....
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    Re: Should we bring back the fairness doctrine?

    I don't understand why ANYONE would be for the fairness doctrine. It's a restriction of the first amendment, for the love of God.


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    Re: Should we bring back the fairness doctrine?

    For the much the same reason as you'd be for government regulations designed to protect the environment, or workplace safety, or accomplish any number of noble goals.

    But wait, you say, aren't those the kind of goals we figure that everybody would be in favor of? So why would we need the regulations to begin with?

    Because we bipeds, all too often, trade common sense, the well-being of others and our personal moral code for power and profit.
    I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.

    Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.

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    Re: Should we bring back the fairness doctrine?

    You forget that the freedom of press is the only real safeguard against tyranny. When it comes to domestic freedom, the power of the pen is the mightiest of all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The German View Post
    Sterotypes are mostly based on truths.

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    Re: Should we bring back the fairness doctrine?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mellie View Post
    I don't understand why ANYONE would be for the fairness doctrine. It's a restriction of the first amendment, for the love of God.
    The fairness doctrine addresses the fact that the airwaves are limited by very nature due to the fact that there are only so many bands upon which to broadcast and therefore the licenses for using the airwaves are restricted. Rather than restrict the first amendment as you are claiming, the fairness doctrine addresses the issue of monopolies and how THEY restrict free speech.

    The fairness doctrine was removed by Reagan to LIMIT the expression of free speech rather than enabling it by ensuring that those who benefited from his trickle down voodoo would have greater access to influencing public opinion.
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    Re: Should we bring back the fairness doctrine?

    Quote Originally Posted by snodog View Post
    One thing I can never understand is why are the same people who complain about liberal bias in the media against the fairness doctrine?
    It only affects talk radio. Talk radio and Fox news are pretty much the only outlets for Conservatives.
    Insisting that a talk show give equal time to the other side is ridiculous and very hard to monitor. It stifles speech rather than expands it. If people wanted to listen to liberal talk radio, it would be successful and we wouldn't be discussing the unfairness doctrine.
    All the rules and lack of an audience would destroy talk radio. All radio would go to how to bake bread, to how to fix a toilet.
    That has been the goal of Hillary Clinton, Nancey Pelosi and other progressives for a long time. The goal is to shut down Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin, Beck..........
    It's nothing to do with fairness.
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