Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Betsy Hit A Nerve
I don't think that such a law could ever get through both houses of Congress. I can't see the Senate Republicans being so stupid as to let such a bill come up for a vote there or, if they did, a Republican president signing it.The comments seem to prove her point - here's a sample:
But it is a clear indication of how liberals think. If they don't like what is being said, they want to regulate it out of existence.
It is not that liberals want to regulate what they do not like out of existence.Kind of amazing, isn't it? Note that word "allowed". Here's another:
It is that when liberals see injustice, they choose to correct it.
When Saint Ronald Reagan stopped enforcing the fairness doctrine, we saw the rise of right wing partisan (lying) slanted talk radio.
Rush Limbaugh could not spout out his torrent of lies if someone was allowed to correct him with actual facts.
What are you wingnuts afraid of?
Oh yeah, the truth.
The airwaves were ruled to belong to the people of the united states shortly after radio was invented. Broadcast media exist, and are liscensed, solely in the public interest. Reagan frogot about that when he did away with the fairness doctrine and it's time to remind all of the owners of these stations who they really work for.They do not explain how no one is allowed to contradict Rush Limbaugh, and I'm pretty certain that people do. Even on the radio. Eeyore sounds a grim note of reality:
But let's be frank. The real reason that the right is against this doctrine is that their positions cannot be supported in an intellectually honest environment. The big lie only works when nobody is allowed to call bullshit.
And so you agree with me that the Fairness Doctrine is a bad idea since it lets politicians and bureaucrats and whoever gets into office are the ones who decides what is fair and truthful.Needless to say, Eeyore does not convince the Fairness Doctrine supporters. Of course we all know that it would be used to file endless claims against radio and TV stations that carry programs people find offensive and some would be liberal programs!
Thanks for clearing that up.
I think this is a relatively small branch of the leftwards half, but it sure does have a lot of passion. I started this with a question in mind, though. Hasn't the rise of blogging and message forums overtaken the worry about a few vested interests taking over the public forum? Haven't new and even more flexible methods of public discussion and dialogue evolved? Isn't this a sort of ante-bellum debate about a problem that doesn't really exist and can't?
Also interesting: several years ago, there was a movement to license low-power FM stations without making them jump through regulatory hoops. This was frantically fought by the existing broadcasters, and I don't recall any significant number of leftists campaigning for LP FM in order to increase availability of "non-corporate" voices.
Aside from the dynamics you mention, allowing another avenue of legal harassment is going to disadvantage new emerging shows, which will inevitably constrict the breadth of views carried on radio. My guess is that it would help Rush (who is a proven money maker), and hurt any smaller program base that incurs the wrath of a certain percentage of listeners. Because I would be willing to waste a little air time to continue to carry a proven moneymaker, but I certainly would not do the same for a smaller program which is not drawing much advertising revenue yet.
But liberals don't understand economics AT ALL. It is the one really defining characteristic dividing what is called the liberal/conservative split. You have liberals on the right and the left, libertarians on the right and the left, social conservatives on the right and the left, fanatics on the right and left, and religious people on the right and the left.
Moderation and pragmatism is such a huge, enduring feature of the American political landscape that it is nearly impossible to find clear dividing lines between the leftwards half and the rightwards half.
An absolute inability to understand how dynamic systems work does distinguish the left from the right, though. It's a fundamental characteristic of those who believe that this Fairness Doctrine is going to somehow work to foster diversity. It's also a fundamental trait of the deranged environmentalists.
But the joke is that audio files can be easily distributed on the internet, and the ubiquity of IPods and DSL has made it possible for radio-like broadcasts to be disseminate via the internet. This opens up a range of possibilities that hasn't been yet exploited but soon will be.
For example, as soon as text to voice automated conversions improve slightly, newspapers may be disseminated and listened to as audio files. It would be relatively easy to splice in local market ads.
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