The assault on Free Speech is relentless, as if free political speech were not an express part of our Constitution. There’s a reason it’s the First Amendment, after all. But no matter. But for all the iniquities of the “Fairness” Doctrine, the second most egregious – after of course the concept of limiting free speech – is the plain fact that it will be applied only to talk radio in a brazen effort to silence conservatives and their conservative-dominated venues. The rest of the media available for public consumption have free reign to prosecute the same assault on conservatives as the Fairness Doctrine.
Media coverage of John McCain has been heavily unfavorable since the political conventions, more than three times as negative as the portrayal of Barack Obama, a new study says.
Fifty-seven percent of the print and broadcast stories about the Republican nominee were decidedly negative, the Project for Excellence in Journalism says in a report out today, while 14 percent were positive. The McCain campaign has repeatedly complained that the mainstream media are biased toward the senator from Illinois.
Obama’s coverage was more balanced during the six-week period from Sept. 8 through last Thursday, with 36 percent of the stories clearly positive, 35 percent neutral or mixed and 29 percent negative.
McCain has struggled during this period and slipped in the polls, which is one of the reasons for the more negative assessments by the 48 news outlets studied by the Washington-based group. But the imbalance is striking nonetheless.
That story, within the context of the professed need for the Fairness Doctrine, has been burning me up since yesterday.
Fairness is not expressed in the doctrine. It’s more akin to Fairness Doctoring – not unlike the “impartial” and “objective” manner in which the rest of American media cover the battlefield of ideas.
More later, either in link or original writing. Right now, I am beyond angry, which is not a productive state to write in.
SECRET CODEWORD NOTE:
- ‘Conservative’ is codeword for: Conservative
- ‘Doctoring’ is codeword for: Doctoring
- ‘Fairness’ is codeword for: Assisting Liberals Where They Suck