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The Fairness Doctrine Fallacy

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(8/23/2011 11:57:03 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
The death of the Fairness Doctrine gave birth to the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Michael Savage. Says a lot, doesn't it? I guess Fairness isn't profitable?
- Kevin Vance
(8/23/2011 9:25:07 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
"Death"? "Death"? Edward R. Murrow died of cancer, not a fine from the FCC.

"horribly discouraged any coverage of controversial issues" Any coverage? You mean like all the religious nutcase broadcasters of the 1950's and 60's?

No mention of public ownership of the airwaves.

No mention of Hilter's rise to power via consolidation, control, and use of airwave media.

No mention of the scarcity of the airwave resource.

No Fairness Doctrine - yay!, give the microphone to the zealots.

- Fritz Koenig
(8/23/2011 12:02:37 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
i don't understand the analogy; the bull horn is owned by a private individual, the airwaves are owned by the entire citizenry of the united states and leased to other citizens, under certain expectations and understandings. guess it doesn't matter with the death of local broadcasting, sadly i am old enough to remember when community groups, etc. had stations. paley originally said that commercial stations should underwrite public broadcasting; boy, he sure reeled that one back quickly!
- edward Young

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