Friday, June 22, 2007
Fairness Doctrine: What "Fairness" are We Talking About?
When it comes to the Fairness Doctrine, the beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Are we talking about who owns the radio and television stations, or who gets to talk on them? The first is a valid point. The second is just liberals whining that nobody likes to hear what they have to say.
I once listened to a talk by Bill Moyers about the Fairness Doctrine. He pointed out that ClearChannel and a handful of other companies are buying up a lot of the radio and TV stations in the United States, and that we should put a stop to it. I think what he meant, though, was that most of these stations run conservative talk shows, and that we should put a stop to that.
I disagree. I'm of the opinion that most TV and radio news sources make up for the conservative dominance in radio talk, which partially answers the question why there aren't left-wing radio shows galore.
But the main reason? The American people just don't like what the liberals have to say. They're always negative. They always blame someone else for their problems. And they always exclude themselves when they would otherwise fall into the population that they have targeted for blame.
Bill Moyers assumption about few station owners is invalid...
More to come...