Bring Back the Fairness Doctorine!!

United States
April 12, 2010 9:38pm CST
A few years back, the federal government required media to balance all their time between different viewpoints on major topics. Public service announcements filled the gaps and people got the chance to hear more tahn one side of a story. Now are we better off with some stations filled with only right-wing talk? How about some networks derided as leftist. What do you say?
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@spalladino (17921)
• United States
13 Apr 10
I listen to talk radio regularly and I can tell you what the problem is...the left suxed. Air America didn't do well...it's not anyone's fault but theirs. You can't legislate good programming...you can't insist on quality where none exists. There are some progressive talk radio that is good but the fact of life is that there is more quality programming coming from the right. Programming that people actually listen to with sponsors who are happy with the ratings numbers. Here in Florida I get 6 hours of local conservative talk radio every weekday. The hosts of these shows talk about what is important to us. I don't always agree with everything they say but their topics are interesting and they don't come across as nutjobs. The Fairness Doctrine is worthless.
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• United States
14 Apr 10
The "fairness doctorine" was declared unconstitutional. Why would you want to bring something back that violates our constitution?
• United States
16 Apr 10
It was NOT ruled unconstitutional (you can look it up) but only the FCC ruled a change in their regulations in 1987 under President Reagan. The rule had begun in 1948 and remained largely unchanged for 39 years.
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
17 Apr 10
"It was NOT ruled unconstitutional" But the fact remains that it is...whether it has been ruled as such or not...it is.
@psarami (19)
• Germany
13 Apr 10
that is funny
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
13 Apr 10
Your joking.....right? This was meant tongue in cheek I take it? This couldn't possibly be a genuine call for the government to control speech.....right?
@hofferp (4737)
• United States
13 Apr 10
I say NO to the Fairness Doctrine as well. Right now, I have my choice of who/what I want to listen to and I want to keep it that way. I don't listen to Rush on the radio; I change the channel. I don't listen to Keith on TV; I change the channel. Leave it as it is, and the let the consumers determine who stays on the air and who doesn't.
@matersfish (6313)
• United States
13 Apr 10
The people dictate whose shows are successful. As stated above me, some folks fail because they're bad at it. People in legitimate news media have a responsibility to be fair and honest, and the ones who aren't are sorted out by listeners who realize it. Talk radio entertainers are another story entirely. And it's certainly not "fair" to dictate what they're allowed to talk about just because of their particular viewpoint. The fairness doctrine seems to me to be the epitome of large, controlling government. Don't like what someone says? Make the government fix it! Can't compete on equal footing and build up a broad base? Make the government fix it! It's a very strange concept in a country that values itself on allowing free speech. I don't know that we're "better off" with guys like Rush Limbaugh and networks like MSNBC dedicated solely to advocating worldview. I guess that depends on what you personally want to hear. But we'd certainly be worse off to have government dictating what they're allowed to say. Look at it in simpler terms. Who wins out with this current administration if they passed the fairness doctrine, Rush or Ed Schultz?
@redhotpogo (4435)
• United States
13 Apr 10
I got tired of watching all the democrat state run tv, claiming the right wingers are out to get you. So I stopped watching tv. People have become mindless zombies that believe whatever they're told. I don't watch the news anymore. When they bring facts back, maybe I'll check it out again.