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Why the Fairness Doctrine is definitely 100% needed

A lot of us don't see why liberals, so-called champions of free speech, would push for something like the Fairness Doctrine. Well, the answer is simple. It's because otherwise no one would listen to liberal talk radio!

President Obama may be riding high in Washington, but OBAMA 1260 is not.

The area's only progressive talk station is changing formats, dropping such syndicated liberal hosts as Ed Schultz, Stephanie Miller and Bill Press in favor of financial news, starting next week.

The move by Redskins owner Dan Snyder, who purchased the station, WWRC, and others in Washington last summer, leaves the city without a liberal radio outlet. Program Director Greg Tantum says he thought the station could work because of enthusiasm over Obama, but that ratings collapsed to a level that could not be measured after the election.

But ratings nearly doubled, he says, at Snyder's conservative station, WTNT, which features Laura Ingraham and Bill Bennett.

This is why there needs to be a Fairness Doctrine! If people don't want to hear the liberal propaganda, then they'll be forced to. And it also must be some sort of conservative conspiracy, right? Because there's no way people would actively choose to listen to conservative radio and NOT liberal radio.

In all seriousness, this is really why liberals are pushing for the Fairness Doctrine. Air America was a disaster and liberal radio is tanking. Meanwhile, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity & Co. are riding high. Imposing a Fairness Doctrine solves multiple problems. There's no more free market competition, people only get the news and opinion that liberals choose, and there's no more ratings. Ta-da!

Hat Tip: Newsbusters


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I'm sure they can still get... (Below threshold)
George:

I'm sure they can still get NPR.

Ummm ... which liberals are... (Below threshold)
James H:

Ummm ... which liberals are pushing for the Fairness Doctrine? I've seen one or two peeps from some of the usual suspects, and one member of Congress who's gung-ho about it, but not much beyond that. I really do hope this comes across as non-snarky, as I have no idea who is pressing for the doctrine ...

A snarky addendum -- Clearl... (Below threshold)
James H:

A snarky addendum -- Clearly, the Danny is as skilled at managing a liberal talker as his is at managing a professional football team ... not that I'm BITTER that the Redskins TOTALLY CHOKED the second half of the season ....

I tried to li... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

I tried to listen to Air America once. Now, maybe I'm a bit odd but I listen to radio for entertainment and news - not to listen to some screechy bastard complain and whine about how HORRIBLE it was that Bush was doing whatever the outrage of the day was. And I maybe could have stood it for a few minutes - but he kept on through TWO commercial breaks.

That's darn near an eternity in radio time. About the only thing worse they could have done was just have dead air. Maybe there were people who really enjoyed that sort of 'stimulating' radio - but a little of it goes a real long way for most people.

I kept hoping there'd be something else, but I just plain gave up on it. Life's too short to listen to crappy radio.

First rule of any sort of entertainment - keep the audience interested or they'll go elsewhere. And if your audience goes, your ratings go down - and so does the rate you can charge your advertisers. It can get to a point where you have to PAY affiliates to carry your programs, because they won't recoup the money from ad sales during the time it's on.

And from what I understand, Air America's been having to pay for quite a while...

At this point, the Fairness Doctrine is pretty much a non-starter. People won't be forced to listen to any particular channel, and an attempt to make sure things are 'fair' will be a ratings killer for any station.

I'm not so worried about th... (Below threshold)
Matt:

I'm not so worried about the fairness doctrine. The cost to media outlets, mostly owned/controlled by liberals would be enough for them go gag on it. It can also be used by non-liberals to force their view-points into stations that didn't carry them before. Imagind NPR being forced to carry Rush Limbaugh etc.

I could see some kind of "Fairness" offset, modeled after the "Carbon" offset. Instead of providing airtime, an offender could just buy a fairness offset that evens the field.

Cassy, I think you're falli... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Cassy, I think you're falling too hard for the talkers' pity ploy, "everybody hates me 'cos I'm so good", etc. News: they're poodles. Indoor dogs. A thousand excuses for sitting things out, not running for office, avoiding boot camp, etc.

The fairness doctrine kerfuffle is just a fancy way for the talkers to imbibe in their favorite subject, keywords "I" "ME" and "MY".

"I looked at Obama's posit... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

"I looked at Obama's position-and it turns out that he doesn't want the policy reinstated. Then I called the array of Democratic congressmen who had been tagged by conservatives as doctrine proponents. But they all denied any intention to push for its reinstatement. As some of the world's great egotists, it's not surprising that Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly believe they would be the first political prisoners interred in an Obama administration."

http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/archives/2008/11/the_fairness_scare.php

Adrian, you can rest assure... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Adrian, you can rest assure that Rush and Bill are not worried about anything the libby lefties are planning. The left cannot compete, so it cheats. That simple. Look at Minnisota. ww

Got to admit, seeing Olberm... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Got to admit, seeing Olbermann and Matthews hit with "the Fairness Doctrine" would be funny as hell.

Liberal fascists will fail ... (Below threshold)

Liberal fascists will fail unless they are successful in an assault on free speech.
http://www.rightklik.net/

the idea isn't to prop libe... (Below threshold)
Dave W.:

the idea isn't to prop liberal radio up, but to actually tear conservative radio down. liberals are all about tearing down successful institutions (IE tax the rich, give it to the poor in the form of a gov't program or handout). They don't help anyone.

You cannot make people listen to, or like liberal radio. if the numbers aren't there, they never will be.

JLawson,"And I ma... (Below threshold)

JLawson,
"And I maybe could have stood it for a few minutes - but he kept on through TWO commercial breaks. "

Maybe I could have stood a few minutes... so you listened through two commercial breaks? Remember this is Air America, they can't sell commericals, how did you listen for so long?

Air America pays the statio... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Air America pays the station to put on the program - at that point, whatever ad revenue the station can scrape up is gravy. Also, there's PSAs that can be run - which won't have to be run in time slots that actually pull in listeners. This was a few years back - don't remember the ad types.

Wouldn't do it again, that's for sure. Can't, anyway - it's been dropped in the local area and it's not carried any longer on sat radio. I could listen on-line, if I had an interest - but I don't.

There is no need f... (Below threshold)
gracecurl Author Profile Page:

There is no need for a fairness doctrine because who listens to AM or FM radio anymore?

The huge amount of media available through my iPhone or the like makes the idea of AM/FM with commercials a laughable idea.

Might as well put regulations on 8tracks.

Even if the Fairness Doctri... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Even if the Fairness Doctrine was to be revived, how could it be enforced in today's world?
I'm liberal as hell. You can keep Talk Radio. We've got the NetRoots. It's working out fine, as far as I'm concerned. You spread your message your way, we'll spread ours our way.

Pretty soon, the only news ... (Below threshold)

Pretty soon, the only news organ we'll be able to trust is Pravda.

Comment # 2 above is still ... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Comment # 2 above is still valid.
Who, exactly, are the Eeevul Libruls who want to re-impose the Fairness Doctrine?
Name names.
Your Persecution Complex is showing.

To answer my own question, ... (Below threshold)
James H:

To answer my own question, I came across this via Insta today. Seems that Sen. Stabenow is talking about bringing back the Fairness Doctrine.




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