“Pro-choice.” Blah blah.
The Left’s reintroduction of legislation called the Fairness Doctrine is another of their blatant attempts to squelch choice, this time by forcing liberal doctrine on Americans, payback for the failure of Air America, someone said.
This would affect the Internet, as Adam Thierer from the City Journal explained:
Scarcity-obsessed Dennis Kucinich has recently introduced plans in Congress to revive the Fairness Doctrine, which once let government regulators police the airwaves to ensure a balancing of viewpoints, however that’s defined. A new Fairness Doctrine would affect most directly opinion-based talk radio, a medium that just happens to be dominated by conservatives. If a station wanted to run William Bennett’s show under such a regime, they might now have to broadcast a left-wing alternative, too, even if it had poor ratings, which generally has been the case with liberal talk….
Sunstein also proposes a kind of speech redistributionism. For the Internet, he suggests that regulators could impose “electronic sidewalks” on partisan websites (the National Rifle Association’s, say), forcing them to link to opposing views….
That leftist media critics start sounding so authoritarian is no surprise. In a media cornucopia, freedom of choice inevitably yields media inequality…. Overcoming that inequality would require a completely regulated media.
When Rush Limbaugh has more listeners than NPR, or Tom Clancy sells more books than Noam Chomsky, or Motor Trend gets more subscribers than Mother Jones, liberals want to convince us (or themselves, perhaps) that it’s all because of some catastrophic market failure or a grand corporate conspiracy to dumb down the masses.
In reality, it’s just the result of consumer choice. All the opinions that the Left’s media critics favor are now readily available to us via multiple platforms. But that’s not good enough, it seems: they won’t rest until all of us are watching, reading, and listening to the content that they prefer.
Friend Ed Moore emailed the latest cable news ratings this morning, with this note:
… Because CNN has been around so long most assume it is among the leaders in viewership. As you can see, this is false. The numbers below are not aberrational. They are typical and have been that way for years…. Fox News shows consistently cream the opposition…. That is why they are berated and denegrated by the libs and the rest of the media.
O’Reilly and Hannity obliterate shows like Chris Mathews’ Hardball, but the media does everything it can to treat Mathews as important and the others as irrelevant or fringe….
People are leaving traditional media, the networks and newspapers, in droves, mostly because of their liberal bias in reporting. The libs are fighting back with plans to regulate the media with legislation like the Fairness Doctrine, which is anything but fair. It is blatant censorship from a group who pretends to be the protectors of all things “fair.”