Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Fairness Doctrine

Paul M. Weyrich, chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Foundation has written an article on the Fairness Doctrine. His concern is that it is a left-wing tactic that could be used to censor the right where the right speaks the loudest: Talk radio.

Weyrich states, under the Fairness Doctrine, if I appeared on a radio program and expressed strong views on a topic, someone of a different point of view could appear at the station and time would have to be made available. In fact, if there were six different points of view, time would need to be made available to all of them.

He goes on to say that Rush Limbaugh said when he hears what he does for a living is a "problem" it may mean that Senators would be required to create their own ways to overcome them or it may mean that "We're just going to have to wipe them out."

From Weyrich's point of view, the Fairness Doctrine would effectively cripple the right wing radio programs and allow for the left to catch up and take root on the airwaves; something they have tried to do in the past but have failed.

You can read more here.

Some questions:

-Would you vote for the Fairness Doctrine?
-Do you think that Congress should be concerned with such things as this when there are still such things as poverty, educational woes, etc?
-What are some of the benefits this bill could bring? Some of the detriments?

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