In twenty words or less, the Fairness Doctrine requires broadcasters on public airwaves to provide equal time to opposing political viewpoints, under penalty of law. So, in theory, if you have a Rush Limbaugh, you’d have to permit a Randi Rhodes to have airtime as well, regardless of the impact on your bottom line. Since the Democrats have consistently failed at producing commercially viable talk radio, they love this Fairness Doctrine.
‘Puter, for one, welcomes the upcoming Obama administration crackdown on free speech. The hypocrisy will make for some great blog fodder.
The triggering event for this post was ‘Puter’s showertime radio listening this morning. Try to get that visual image out of your mind; it’s not pleasant. ‘Puter’s local public radio station is in the middle of its quarterly pledge drive. Nothing wrong with that. While pimping an upcoming NPR piece on whether Fox News is truly fair and balanced, the local on air talent burst into laughter, finding the thought that anyone could consider Fox News fair and balanced preposterous. Even though inured to media bias, ‘Puter nearly dropped his soap, and not in a good way, on hearing such clear proof of the bias. Great idea, public radio management. Alienating a portion of potential donors with your talent’s benighted jackassery is a great business model.
* ‘Puter listens to NPR because the reporting is generally superior to local radio, and ‘Puter can spot and ignore the liberal bias and petty digs the reporters take at conservatives.