My Thoughts on the Fairness Doctrine
Over the past few days, I've been hearing Sean Hannity mention the Fairness Doctrine.
As I work in broadcasting, you'd think I'd know what that is. Too bad that I didn't.
Anyway, I became a little curious and Wikipedia-ed "fairness doctrine" and to be quite honest, I was disgusted with what I read.
Now keep in mind that the Fairness Doctrine was implemented by a Republican. Or, as I like to refer to Nixon and others in his mold, a RINO (Republican In Name Only).
The Fairness Doctrine, according to Wiki, was designed to "balance" political opinion over public airwaves. In other words, it was a state-sponsored effort to chip away at the First Amendment.
The Doctrine was made up of two corollaries:
- The personal attack rule is pertinent whenever a person or small group is subject to a character attack during a broadcast. Stations must notify such persons or groups within a week of the attack, send them transcripts of what was said, and offer the opportunity to respond on the air.
- The political editorial rule applies when a station broadcasts editorials endorsing or opposing candidates for public office, and stipulates that the candidates not endorsed be notified and allowed a reasonable opportunity to respond.
Fortunately the Fairness Doctrine was done away with completely in 2000.
However, there have been-according to Hannity-many Democrats calling for the return of the Fairness Doctrine.
Why? I believe it would be a way to silence the talk radio righties, who are quickly becoming the most trusted source of news and political commentary for many Americans.
This would benefit the Democrats due to the key role talk radio and the "alternative media" played in the Election of 2004, which even those of you on the left cannot doubt.
Let's put it into perspective. Sean Hannity is syndicated on over five hundred radio stations nationwide. Stations make the decision to pick him up, thus the station would be responsible for enforcing the Fairness Doctrine to FCC specifications. That would mean that each of these five hundred stations would have to offer air time to the political figures that Sean Hannity bashes on a daily basis. This frustrates local radio bigwigs, thus the programs are taken off the air one by one. Boom. No more Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Neal Boortz, etc. The stations wouldn't be able to keep up with the paperwork, thus keeping the programs on air would no longer be financially beneficial to the station.
I want you to know that I think Al Franken and Michael Moore are two of the biggest morons that have ever walked the face of this earth. They're stupid, uneducated, and they're not as funny as they would think that they are. However, they have a God-given (that's right, I said the G-word) right to say what they think. Too many men and women have spilled their blood to allow them to spread their diatribe without interference from the Federal Government.
Do you love freedom? Say no to the Fairness Doctrine.
"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."