the UN “Fairness Doctrine”

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2008 at 12:19 am


Any word on whether blogs like yours will be in the crosshairs of regulators (see article below)?

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My friend,
First I am not sure the “Fairness Doctrine” applies to blogs the barriers of entry are just to low, and as we all know anyone could start a blog. But if we get challenged and there is an attempt to silence this blog I promise I have a few tricks up my sleeve lol..



Democrat Bingaman Tells Station He’d Reimpose “Fairness Doctrine”

Pete Winn, CNS News

October 23, 2008

A prominent liberal Democratic senator, while being interviewed on a conservative talk radio station Tuesday, said he hopes a new administration and Congress will re-impose the Fairness Doctrine on radio and TV broadcasters.

Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) told radio station 770 AM KKOB in Albuquerque, N.M., that he didn’t know if Democrats in Congress will try to re-impose the Fairness Doctrine next year – but he would certainly like them to.

Bingaman told the station he would support re-imposition of the regulation – which was rescinded in 1987 – on the station.

The Fairness Doctrine, which was first implemented in 1949 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), technically forced broadcasters to “afford reasonable opportunity for the discussion of conflicting views of public importance.” Critics call it a “gag rule” on broadcasters.

Here’s a transcript of part of the interview with 770AM KKOB afternoon host Jim Villanucci:

Villanucci: You would want this radio station to have to change?

Bingaman: I would. I would want this station and all stations to have to present a balanced perspective and different points of view instead of always hammering away at one side of the political –

Villanucci: I mean in this market, for instance, you’ve got KKOB. If you want liberal talk, you’ve got Air America in this market, you’ve got NPR, you’ve got satellite radio – there’s a lefty talk station and a rightie talk station. Do you think there are people who aren’t able to find a viewpoint that is in sync with what they believe?

Bingaman: Well I guess my thought is that talk radio and media generally should have a higher calling than just reflect a particular point of view. I think they should use their authority to try to – their broadcast power to present an informed discussion of public issues. KKOB used to be a, used to live under the Fairness Doctrine, and every –

Villanucci: Yeah, we played music, I believe –

Bingaman: But there was a lot of talk also, at least it seemed to me, and there were a lot of talk stations that seemed to do fine. The airwaves are owned by private companies at this point. There’s a license to private companies to operate broadcast stations, and that’s the way it should be. All I’m saying is that for many, many years we operated under a Fairness Doctrine in this country, and I think the country was well-served. I think the public discussion was at a higher level and more intelligent in those days than it has become since.

In an interview with CNSNews.com Wednesday, Villanucci said that Bingaman was adamant about the need to balance conservative voices with liberals on the airwaves – and that his listeners called for four hours to oppose such a move.

“I guess the shocking part was to have a senator sitting across the table from me, basically threatening my job and my show on my show – (it) was kind of stunning,” the talk show host said.

Bingaman’s office confirmed that the senator supports efforts to reinstate the regulation, but Bingaman press secretary Jude McCartin said her boss has no plans to introduce any legislation himself toward that end.

Bingaman, by the way, is the chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee – which does not have jurisdiction over communication issues.

The Democratic Party platform in 2000 called for the re-institution of the doctrine, and prominent congressional Democrats are on record in support of it.

In July, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told CNSNews.com that both he and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) strongly supported legislation to reactivate the regulation, which many conservatives say is intended to silence conservative talk show hosts like Rush Limbaugh.

A bill to permanently ban re-imposition of the Fairness Doctrine, sponsored by Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), will not be voted on this year, according to Hoyer.

In June, Broadcasting and Cable magazine reported a campaign spokesman for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) — press secretary Michael Ortiz — as saying that the Democratic presidential candidate “does not support re-imposing the Fairness Doctrine on broadcasters.”

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), meanwhile, is on record in oppsition to bringing back the doctrine.

  1. Just like a Communist to be afraid of free thought shared among FREE people.

  2. Here’s the difference between radio and television when it comes to the fairness doctrine and news or opinion shows.

    Radio stations live or die off of advertising. Conservative talk radio is a money maker for them. If liberal talk radio made money (meaning people listened) then the airwaves would be filled with the voices of liberal (Democrat) talk show hosts.

    However, that is not the case and it is supported by the free-market principals of capitalism.

    Now, when it comes to network news, that is a whole other story. For years, actually since their inception, network news divisions haven’t carried their weight monetarily, their budgets are subsidized by the other programming on the network. Let’s just say E.R. pays for Brian Williams salary at NBC News just like Two and a Half Men pays for Katie Couric’s at CBS.

    Now one asks, where is the fairness in their reporting? Well over half, the people recently surveyed perceived a distinct media bias for Obama over McCain.

    When the matter is actually broken down 57% of news coverage was negative for McCain and only 29% for Obama. 36% positive for Obama and only 14% positive for McCain.

    McCain was twice as likely to have a negative news story run about him than was Obama.

    Fox News is kicking the daylights out of the rest of the cable news networks. Why? Because it is, and this really pisses off the Libs, fair and balanced coverage.

    They present both sides of an issue and do not favor one side over another when reporting the news (this is different from opinion shows).

    When we examine news papers, that is were the real rubber hits the road. The NY Times is a prime example. Circulation has plummeted as with each passing day its liberal bias pollutes its news coverage. I was bad enough that its editorial page turned into a cheerleader for all things liberal and Democrat, regardless of merit. But when it blatantly allowed its liberal opinion to permeate its news coverage, consumers ceased buying the paper. Less readers means less advertising revenue. Now, The NY Times’ stock has reached junk status.

    This is truly what is meant by the market place of ideas. People buy what they know to be worthy of their hard earned dollars and shun shoddy goods or services.

    So too, like NPR which is subsidized, the network news divisions exist in the marketplace by fiat. If they had to rely on paying their way, they would, like unprofitable prime time shows, perish from our TVs.

    All this leads up to the fact that liberals like Sen. Bingaman know that their ideas would be ignored if not for the socialist like monetary subsidy afforded them by others. They loose in the marketplace of ideas and fear that with so many alternative sources of news and information now available, that their patrons will either go out of business (newspapers) or no longer provide news shows (the networks). Thus leaving them to have to compete in a market that doesn’t want to buy what they are selling.

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