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McDowell: Fairness Doctrine Has History Of Abuse



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(2/4/2009 6:33:27 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
The spectrum scarcity was never based on the number of broadcast outlets. At the time of the seminal Red Lion case, there were 7000 broadcast radio stations - far more than the number of daily newspapers. The Supreme Court explained that more people wanted to broadcast than there were available frequencies (which is still true today); the Government could have limited the license to broadcast to just a few weeks or months; instead, it chose to award a license (now for eight years) to one entity but with the requirement that it act as a trustee for all those the Government is keeping off the frequency; and at renewal the licensee must show that it acted as a public trustee for its community. The fairness doctrine stemmed from this public trustee scheme.

- John Gallagher
(2/2/2009 12:04:29 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Actually, puts people who disagree with him on the air all the time. And listens to them, which obviously is more than you bother to do when people disagree with you.

Amazing how many lefties adore the idea of silencing those who disagree with them.

- Tuxer
(1/31/2009 2:57:38 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Mr. Aamodt:

You label someone with whom you disagree a Nazi, yet call THEM hateful?

You say they speak without challenge? They ARE the challenge to many powerful voices. Even then they are then challenged again, many times over.

I'd be quite surprised if you've ever listened to the full Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity program even a few times. Yet you demand that government shut them up because they disagree with you.

- Brian T. Johnson
(1/30/2009 12:45:50 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
The very reason we need a Fairness Doctrine is because of the hateful rhetoric of the Limbaugh's and Han-nazi's and their ilk. They spew their divisive message without challenge, as they refuse to engage on the air people with a different point of view. Put a co-host on with Limbaugh and Han-nazi and their hate-filled mesasge will quickly become diluted.
- Dave Aamodt
(1/30/2009 12:06:24 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
AMEN: The comiss is thinking, and so am I. It's time we booted government, all government out of the media. If they want air time, let them buy it properly at standard going rates just like Pepsi, or Direct Buy or USA. I sick of these twits flushing their brains threw their mouths while their two goals in life are simply to control the human race from womb to tomb and sit around and talk all day. Go get a real job and help the economy, if anybody would even consider hiring you!
- Arnie Jackson


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