Friday, February 13, 2009
News today (actually, kinda old news) is that the Democrats want to revive the Fairness Doctrine, an old FCC regulation that stipulates broadcast companies must offer opposing views on political material. In particular, liberals are gunning for talk radio, which is dominated by conservatives such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Michael Savage. This is a bad idea all around.
First and foremost, talk radio is a commercial enterprise. Conservatives rule the roost because that's what listeners want to hear; liberal talk radio, as an institution, has time and again been proven unpopular and unwanted. Air America, anyone?
This smacks to me of losers whining because they lost a fair fight, and instead of changing the way they play the game, they want to change the rules. How pathetic.
It's also interesting to me that this push comes after Obama takes office. As if conservative talk radio was okay when a Republican is in office, but as soon as the Messiah steps up, well, by God there will be no dissent! An Obama spokesperson said he does not support the Fairness Doctrine, but some of his administration aren't so sure. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs hinted the administration may take a serious look at it.
This is nothing more than big-government liberals wanting to control yet another aspect of our lives. Unlike other FCC regulations, such as those banning profanity, this has nothing to do with the public trust. Liberal commentators have been given their chance, and the American people as an audience have rejected them. More and more signs are pointed to a hand-holding, Socialist nanny-state. This is only the latest. God help us all.