FAIRNESS DOCTRINE FOR PUBLIC AIRWAVES

"Another Right-Wing Conspiracy in Washington?" by Bill Press. The Washington Post. February 8, 2009; Page B08:

...the terms of their FCC license, "to operate in the public interest and to afford reasonable opportunity for the discussion of conflicting views of issues of public importance." Stations are not operating in the public interest when they offer only conservative talk.

For years, the Fairness Doctrine prevented such abuse by requiring licensed stations to carry a mix of opinion. However, under pressure from conservatives, President Ronald Reagan's Federal Communications Commission canceled the Fairness Doctrine in 1987, insisting that in a free market, stations would automatically offer a balance in programming.

That experiment has failed.

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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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    • Do you ever wonder why there is only conservative talk shows? Because that's what people want to listen to.

      • Total hogwash, Josh

        You've simply been duped by the plutocrats' bought and paid for mouthpieces, such as Rush Limbaugh — people who've clearly and completely sold out to the spirit of Satan. The reason AM radio went conservative-talk is solely because those who are against the lower classes want to hypnotize people such as you with lies that what's good for the superrich is good for the poor.

        Hey, Josh. Do you claim to be a professing Christian?

        Regardless, Jesus doesn't stand with the media moguls and would-be monopolists who run Clear Channel Communications, Inc. Pull your head out of the darkness, Josh. See the light.

        Woe to the rich. That's what Jesus Christ said with just cause. Get right with God, Josh (short for "Joshua" that's "Yahoshua" that's "Jesus"). Live up to your name, Josh meaning: "God saves"! Are you being that? You aren't if you're espousing the garbage being spewed by the antichrist of so-called conservative talk radio.

        They aren't conserving anything. They're just devouring, justs like the evil usurers for whom you work. Read Jesus's words, Josh. Then tell me about it.

        Furthermore, I haven't wondered why there is nearly only fascist-talk radio. I know why. I'm a Christian. Every Christian knows about devils, Josh.

        Lastly, the Fairness Doctrine isn't about just radio. It's about TV too.

        Look, radio broadcasting and TV is licensed from the people. The people own the airwaves and easements for cables and outer space for satellites, etc. If they say they want equal time for opposing views on their airwaves, etc., if they are going to grant licenses, then that's what you get in a democratic society even if it is a limited, representational, pluralistic form of government. Why should consolidators (monopolists) who been given licenses to make huge sums of money off advertising on the people's collective property not have to abide by the people's wishes that there be a democratic aspect to the programming? What do you have against a fully informed electorate? Every time someone says 9-11 was not an inside job, why shouldn't a libertarian 9-11 Truther be able to tell the other side of the storey to the public over the public's airwaves so that then the people can have all the information available upon which to base voting decisions rather than getting only the censored, government propaganda that comes out from those who take their talking points from memos issued from the White House, as happened with the George W. Bush administration?

        Peace, Love, and Truth,

        Tom Usher