As reported on Rasmussen Reports 47% of all Americans (or at least a measurable sampling of them) believe that the government should require all radio and television stations to offer equal amounts of conservative and liberal political commentary.
First off the premise of the poll taken is offbase because it naturally assumes only two points of view. What about the libertarian view, the communists view the anarchic view? In and of itself right here and now would open such a pandora’s box that it would cripple every single news organization in the country.
Plus who would determin the “fairness” ratio? We have seen what the politicians can do in the light of being “fair” Just look at our federal tax code! Would it remain the same throughout the years? More than likely it would be skewed to the majority party’s point of view, and who in their right minds would trust that type of a measuring system?
This all stems from the failure of Radio One America which tried to put up the liberal answer to the conservative talk shows that are flourishing right now. Because they were not able to make the Liberal perspective profitable, or even break even (There goes the arguement that Liberals make up half of the US population) those imbeciles in Democratic Majority power feel that they must legislate the free and open market once more.
Morever from that same report, ” Conservatives have expressed alarm in recent months over congressional Democratic efforts to restore the so-called Fairness Doctrine which would mandate politically balanced commentary on the airwaves.
Just this week Robert McDowell, a Bush appointee to the Federal Communications Commission, suggested that the restoration of the Fairness Doctrine, abolished in 1987 by the Reagan administration, could lead to government regulation of content on the Internet.”
Can we say Big Brother Police State with identification microchips embedded in our foreheads? “Democrats are more supportive of government involvement in the airwaves than Republicans and unaffiliated voters. Fifty-four percent (54%) of Democrats favor it, and only 26% are opposed. Republicans and unaffiliated voters are fairly evenly divided.
Even Democrats say hands-off the Internet though but by a far smaller margin than Republicans and unaffiliated voters. Democrats oppose government-mandated balance on the Internet by a 48% to 37% margin. Sixty-one percent (61%) of Republicans reject government involvement in Internet content along with 67% of unaffiliated voters.”
Again I cite Ben Franklin, when “the people become so corrupted that they would require a Despotic form of Government” is when the Constitution of the US effectively becomes null and void.
“Democrats have been pushing the Fairness Doctrine in part because of the long-standing complaint by liberals that conservatives dominate talk radio. Conservatives counter that their political foes are just trying to use the government to push liberal talk radio even though it has been rejected by the marketplace.”
Here we go again the politicians in Washington DC are going to try to fix something that isn’t broken. Market forces have spoken, the liberal contigencies have decided they will not bear liberal radio (through advertising and exposure of products on their radio stations) or that there isn’t enough liberals to bear that burden which is booming and expanding on the conservative side of the aisle.
More importantly the Pelosi’s and Reid’s of Washington must get it through their thick skulls that, “Voters in all categories agree by sizable margins that it is possible for just about any political view to be heard in today’s media.” LEAVE IT ALONE!