Fairness Doctrine- Why, or Why Not Reinstate it? (+Video)
It seems that the Right is protesting too loud against the “Fairness Doctrine”. What does it fear? I have been watching the religious channels more that I ever have, (Now and then I would tune into the CBN to see their spin on the topics of the day, or watch BYU for the sports.). However lately I have noticed (as I flip through the religious section of Direct TV, the push of their petition drives against the “Fairness Doctrine”. Although, I noticed that when I forgot to pay the Direct bill, the channels they leave on are the religious, and a few of the shopping networks.
The reasoning for the religious sector putting up a fight is easy to figure out, they are worried about opposing sides speaking out about abortions, and other words of God. However, the Neo-Cons are worried they will lose the grip they have on the weak mines in the country that live by what the Hannity’s and Limbaugh’s of the world tell them to think.
If there is ever true opposition to what they are putting out on the airwaves, people may just start to see that both parties are messed up, and that they basically represent the same policy. They would see that something else is needed as far as a way to govern the country, away that Truly represents the people, and not the corporations. The system has gone to the fascist style of governing, where the corporations tell the so-called leaders what is needed, and it is mostly in corporation’s interest.
This points to the argument that the media conglomeration is putting up, the cost. They are saying that the cost would be such that they may lose the Rush’s and the Sean’s of the airwaves. (Personally, I feel that might not be too bad.) However I am a true believer of “Truthful free speech” , and that ALL SIDES should receive equal time to air their points.
At one point in our country, we did here both sides over the airwaves. However, in 1985 under Ronald Reagan the “Fairness Doctrine was done away with. (My belief is that they found that the majority of the citizenry was easier to propagandize when the opposition was silenced.) The “Fairness Doctrine” according to a report put out in 1985, by the FCC commissioner Mark Fowler, (A Reagan appointee) That came to the conclusion the “Fairness Doctrine” did not serve the publics interest because stations were not devoting a lot of time to the issues.
In response to the repeal of the fairness doctrine, Congress passed the “Fairness in Broadcasting Act of 1987” to reinstate the doctrine.8 This legislation passed the Senate on April 21, 1987 by a vote of 59-31 and passed the House of Representatives by voice vote on June 3, 1987.
President Reagan vetoed the bill on June 22, 1987. On June 23, 1987, President Reagan’s veto message was referred to the Senate Commerce Committee by a vote of 53-45.Congress adjourned before taking any further action.
Those who are opposed to reinstating the act say that the consumer has shown that this is the programming they want, point to the FCC report in where it shows, how the fairness doctrine worked in practice — it resulted in less, not more, broadcasting content of public interest. However, they do not point out, this is because of the stations and the pubic demanded. They fail to show that the radio stations in major markets are own by a few corporations. One such corporation is Clear Channel, who owns 1194 stations in the United States and 240 stations internationally. It also owns or operates 40 television stations in 25 media markets nationwide. Others include Cumulus (313 in 60 markets), and Citadel Broadcasting. (Owns, 223 stations in 46 media markets in 24 states throughout the country.) For more on who controls the airwaves, Free Press
Fairness Doctrine opponents, use Air America as an example of the way the consumer wants neo-con talk radio. They point to the station filing for Chapter 11 in Bankruptcy Court in 2006. They never give the whole truth on the matter, as explained by Al Franken.
Despite reports the liberal talk network would file for bankruptcy protection by week’s end — that apparently isn’t happening. Franken tells listeners “we’re not in Chapter 11?
If Air America had filed for bankruptcy every time someone rumored it to be doing so, we would have ceased to exist long ago; it may be frustrating to some that this hasn’t happened. No decision has been taken to make any filing of any kind, we are not sure of the source of these rumors and frankly can not respond to every rumor in the marketplace.
What I am getting at here is that, with so many getting their information from the MSM, and the cable news stations, who have to fill 24 hours with news, the Fairness Doctrine will make sure the bias on either side is answered. It will help when the O Riley’s and the Hannity’s fudge the facts, (Just to make the White House look good) or the Olbermann’s, and the Rhodes, bypass something that makes the voting record of their candidate look bad, there will be someone or something there to fill in the missing words.
Please view the video below, Denis Kucinich hit’s the nial on the head when he points out, That in the 20 years since the Fairness Doctrine was done away with we have seen 50 media companies shrink to 6.”
ps. I am for reinstating the Fairness Doctrine and feel you should, call, email, or write your representative and let them know you would like to hear both sides.