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  •  Good points. We could also bring back the (12+ / 0-)

    Fairness Doctrine and apply to all forms of media. Tough to do, I know, but worth tackling.

    We can also work to support and foster independent media!

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    by jan4insight on Tue Oct 04, 2011 at 01:11:46 PM PDT

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    •  jan - there is no support for a new FD (4+ / 0-)
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      There is no broad support for a new Fairness Doctrine in Congress or at the White House. Many feel a new FD would not pass constitutional muster with the current SCOTUS.  I was in broadcasting under the old FD and I would not want to see it return. It really inhibited political speech on the air. A new FD would only apply to broadcast television and AM and FM radio, cable and satellite broadcasts are not subject to FCC oversight.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Tue Oct 04, 2011 at 01:58:03 PM PDT

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      •  AM radio is where it's needed. (1+ / 0-)
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        "...Demoralization caused by vast unemployment is our greatest extravagance. Morally, it is the greatest menace to our social order." FDR

        by wrights on Tue Oct 04, 2011 at 06:00:11 PM PDT

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        •  wrights - is it principle or tatical? (3+ / 0-)
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          I worry that the overwhelming majority of progressives would have no desire for a new Fairness Doctrine if our side had 90% of the AM talk radio time. If so, this is not about the principle of balance and fairness, but about the fact that the wingers dominate AM talk. My big problem is who decides what is "fair". Political speech comes in many shades of gray. Who is it that decides that the grays have been fairly balanced? And the typical answer is that it would be an agency of the federal government, and I find that a slippery slope to censorship.

          "let's talk about that"

          by VClib on Tue Oct 04, 2011 at 06:22:49 PM PDT

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