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  •  I disagree... (18+ / 0-)

    (not about the deregulation and corporate takeover though).

    Fairness doctrine was an important symbol and a reminder that the People own the airwaves. It had to be upgraded, not scrapped.

    What, we gonna force Keith to award "equal time" to some conservaturd jerk on Current TV?

    Now, i see several ways how this could be fun, no?
    •  Keith awarding equal time (5+ / 0-)

      Would be awesome.  And exactly what the reichwing-nuts are afraid of.  Imagine that they had to pair up every time they were put on TV.  They couldn't just throw out their bullshit talking points and let them lay on the table anymore.  Someone would be around to at least pretend to challenge their horse-shit assertions.

      Keith is not going to be afraid of some dickwad conservative on his show.  It's the Fox News asshats who are terrified of having to cede time to an intelligent opponent who isn't made entirely of half-burned straw.

      Just in case you forgot today: REPUBLICANS VOTED TO END MEDICARE. AND THEY'LL DO IT AGAIN.

      by slippytoad on Thu Jun 09, 2011 at 06:43:12 AM PDT

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      •  Fox News (1+ / 0-)
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        It's the Fox News asshats who are terrified of having to cede time to an intelligent opponent who isn't made entirely of half-burned straw.

        Fox News already has the model for this -- it's called "Hannity & Colmes".  That sure was some balanced show, wasn't it?

        And that's exactly what they'd do.

        •  Fairness is out and Propaganda is set in stone n/t (0+ / 0-)

          "We are a Plutocracy, we ought to face it. We need, desperately, to find new ways to hear independent voices & points of view" Ramsey Clark, U.S. Attorney General.

          by Mr SeeMore on Thu Jun 09, 2011 at 08:00:23 AM PDT

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        •  Like I said (1+ / 0-)
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          Half-burned straw.  Colmes was milquetoast and we all knew it.  If Fox News had to allow ANY REASONABLE CHALLENGER into the newsroom to rebut GOP talking points, it would be different.

          Remember, Colmes was a FOX EMPLOYEE.  

          Just in case you forgot today: REPUBLICANS VOTED TO END MEDICARE. AND THEY'LL DO IT AGAIN.

          by slippytoad on Thu Jun 09, 2011 at 08:12:20 AM PDT

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      •  Tom Hartmann does it all the time and ... (3+ / 0-)
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        ...usually creams his guest while being polite and informative.  He just makes them look like the radical idiots they are without having to do a thing but let them blab their screeds and then Tom decimates them with facts.  I love that guy!  

        Cat in Seattle

        First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they hurt you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi

        by mntleo2 on Thu Jun 09, 2011 at 08:10:51 AM PDT

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    •  Agree (2+ / 0-)
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      For those who didn't grow up during the era of Fairness Doctrine broadcasting, its probably hard to imagine how it worked.

      But it did, and it worked well, without harming the appeal of shows like Olberman.

      It simply held news and opinion shows to a fair standard of journalism to valid commentary.  It wasn't obvious, but it was fair and balanced content.  It didn't mean groups like the KKK were allowed to broadcast their opinions.  Hate speech was still hate speech; slander was still slander.

      The Fairness Doctrine was and should continue to be a great and useful tool to elevate political discourse.

      It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. ~ Aristotle

      by Betty Pinson on Thu Jun 09, 2011 at 11:56:23 AM PDT

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