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  •  The Fairness Doctrine was never anything but (1+ / 0-)
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    a False Dichotomy Doctrine.

    Puppet theater with "weak sister" center-right voices filling in for Liberals to serve as punching bags for the extreme right never equaled "fairness".  

    There's a reason so many geezers dig Fox.  It looks a lot what passed for "fairness" in their youth.

    “Poor people have access to American courts in the same sense that Christians thrown to lions had access to the Coliseum.” — Earl Johnson Jr., retired justice,California State Court of Appeal

    by JesseCW on Sat May 10, 2014 at 04:05:21 PM PDT

    •  Agreed. (0+ / 0-)

      Fairness Doctrine as a whole is too vague to be enforceable, and at worse will stifle fact-based speech (for example, creationist demanding equal time than evolutionist, anti-vaxxer equal time with doctors).

      The equal time part of it (for political campaign only) looks to be a good framework and solidly decide. It's pretty clearly stated. If you give one candidates 30 minutes of speech, you must give all other candidates who are running the same position 30 minutes of speech. One can place further requirement that the "speech" be endorsed by the candidate themselves (so no weak-sister punching bag).
      Of course, you might run into problem with candidate using the Gish Gallop technique (lie so much that one cannot possibly rebut it with fact in a reasonable amount of time).

    •  Hey a lot of us geezers are on your side. (0+ / 0-)

      In my youth "conservatives" were called "reactionaries" and were laughed at.  Birchers, bigots, militarists.  

      Imo it's more city mice vs country mice, and rich vs poor & middle, than geezers vs youth.  

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