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  •  You would advocate (3+ / 0-)
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    misslegalbeagle, 207wickedgood, VClib

    for a return to the Fairness Doctrine in its original form?

    "That the people have a right to bear arms for the defence of themselves and the State ..."- Vermont Constitution Chapter 1, Article 16

    by kestrel9000 on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 05:14:37 AM PDT

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    •  did you work in radio then? (0+ / 0-)

      was it workable in practice?

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        At the time Fairness ended, it was another couple years before I got my first gig.

        My position on the Fairness Doctrine, in some detail, is here.

        "That the people have a right to bear arms for the defence of themselves and the State ..."- Vermont Constitution Chapter 1, Article 16

        by kestrel9000 on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 05:22:07 AM PDT

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      •  johnny - I worked in the MSM when the (1+ / 0-)
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        Fairness Doctrine was in place. In practice the Fairness Doctrine squelched political speech on both radio and TV, even though it did not require "equal time". It had all station managers walking on egg shells should someone make any political comments on air. The only political comments that were made were in editorials and always with the opposing view represented. While that's fine, it meant that political issues were rarely discussed. On broadcast TV for many years the only political show was Meet the Press. At a time when all electronic media was public spectrum, you could make a case for the FD, but today with CATV, Satellite, and the Internet I do not favor any new FD. In my view a new FD would again tamper political discussion on AM, FM, and broadcast television and push all political discussion toward CATV and Satellite.  

        Fortunately, there is no support at the White House or in Congress, for a new FD, not even among the Dems. I wonder if a new FD could even survive a constitutional challenge?

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 10:44:40 AM PDT

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