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  •  No Kidding! (3+ / 0-)

    That's why I've started diaring on it.  This is a discussion we need to have.

    Reaching a fair state of media affairs, doesn't mean we have to have the fairness doctrine back.  It just means we need to start applying all the tools we have to the problem, looking for solid gains and keep at that until we are in a better space.

    Those tools are law, money, norms, physics.

    Legislating fair is a legal mess.  On the other hand, breaking up media to encourage robust competition will bring us more fairness, while at the same time not having to deal with discriminatory law!

    Why people don't get this is beyond me.

    Good news is the media consolidation issue is seeing a stronger consensus.  That's good news, if we get movement toward that.  Democrats are likely to favor this far more than Republicans are.  Could be a good thing.

    I knew Droogie, I liked Droogie, I won't forget what the AP did to Droogie.

    by potatohead on Sat Nov 15, 2008 at 04:12:53 PM PST

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    •  Don't misunderstand me... (1+ / 0-)
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      I am strongly in favor of breaking up the media conglomerates, in fact, much more in favor of that than bringing back the Fairness Doctrine.

      I would not mind seeing the doctrine's return, but I don't believe it should be a priority of the Obama Administration.

      I do think media diversification should be a first-term - in fact, first two years - priority.

      •  fwiw (2+ / 0-)
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        Diversification is great in theory, and really really really tough in practice.  I'd love to see a diversified ownership of radio and television (more radio, though), but there's only so much gov't can do.

        The Fairness Doctrine, though, that's not just a practical mess (as well illustrated above), but an abomination of principle.  Government has deciding what opinions ought and ought not be aired.   That there are thousands of people here who still - after eight years of Bush - fail to appreciate the dangers of placing discretion over fundamental rights in the hands of gov't - is boggling.  And terribly terribly disappointing.

      •  We agree on media consolidation. (0+ / 0-)

        I also think we will find it to be effective, thus relegating the doctrine to idle discussion only.

        And here's the thing on that.  If we continue to bring the doctrine into the discussion, Limbaugh plays that up, and media consolidation won't happen as it should.

        Better to take them as seperate issues, and work on breaking up big media first, then and only then, deal with the doctrine, if we find it necessary.

        At that point there will be momentum and larger scale acceptance of the problem.

        Now is the wrong time to continue discussion of possibly returning to the doctrine.

        I knew Droogie, I liked Droogie, I won't forget what the AP did to Droogie.

        by potatohead on Sat Nov 15, 2008 at 05:18:40 PM PST

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