The Fairness Doctrine was repealed under Ronald Reagan if memory serves. Back when it was employed, I remember how a media outlet would have to allow equal time for opposing views to their editorials. If a capitalist did an editorial, a socialist could have the same amount of time to counter. It stimulated debate, thought, and consideration of more ideas.
It informed the public of the choices. Of course, Reagan didn't want the people being informed of alternatives to capitalism. The capitalists didn't want to have to defend their selfishness intellectually before the general public. They wanted dumbing down TV shows to numb people with advertising to convince the people that they, the people, wanted (even had to have) things produced by the capitalists that the people truly often (most often) would be better off without. Consider all the pollution caused by the capitalist's greedy methods that were stupidly copied by militant, Marxist dupes.
Well, the Reagan people didn't want to think of the licensed outlets as being anything but the wholly owned enterprises of capitalists who had the right to so-called commercial free speech and therefore didn't have to offer equal time for opposing views, even though the airwaves, much as the cable ways and satellite ways, were and remain limited in bandwidth and are licensed by the people through their government that supposedly derives its power by virtue of the uncoerced consent of the people.
The limited ways are considered natural monopolies. Licensing to capitalists (privatization) is a compromise it is suggested.
So, now we find that what those in the know knew all along, namely that the talking military heads during the lead-up to the Iraq invasion were paid propagandist (psyops, force multipliers, perception managers), is finally coming out to the general public.
Well, what's new? The CIA has always controlled the mass mainstream media of the U.S. The capitalists control the government for the sakes of the ultra rich. The government has the CIA and Pentagon and FBI, etc., violently enforce capitalism (ram it down other people's throats) around the world as much as possible. The capitalist owners of the corporate media conspire in secret with the CIA to pump out propaganda domestically and also for foreign consumption. Operation Mockingbird is well documented, and David Rockefeller stated openly that the plutocrats of the Bilderberg Group have had such an arrangement.
The owners of the Washington Post long ago acknowledged that the Post is the government's voice to the people. In 1981, Katherine Graham, who owns the Post and Newsweek announced that her editors would 'cooperate with the national security interests. National security in this context means 'CIA'. — John Stockwell, former CIA official
We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time magazine, and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected the promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subject to the bright lights of publicity during those years, but the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries. — David Rockefeller, June 1991
"...supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers"! Listen to the arrogance that is spitting in the faces of the one people (God is oneness) as the source from which government derives its just power. "Intellectual elite," "world bankers," who the hell does he think he is?
Who the hell does he think he is? I'll tell you who he is. He's one of the antichrists. His words and deeds come straight from Hell.
That's what the intellectual elite and world bankers have brought forth. You shall know them by their fruits. Their results stink. The world is worse off after having been kicked and dragged around by the greedy, violent, secretive liars.
It's time to dump them as leaders. It's time to stop following them.