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  •  My comment to the FCC (3+ / 0-)
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    I had just read you are thinking of striking the fairness doctrine from the "books" and I would like to comment that I think this is an horrible idea. I'm 46 years old. I remember what news was like before you stopped enforcing the fairness doctrine. It was worth watching. I don't watch news on tv now because it sucks. It's not news. It's entertainment. People are increasingly going online to get their news because most people realize how horrible the news is on tv. This trend will continue. Online, people seek out news that is to their liking or agrees with their world view. So the country will become even more fragmented. Keeping the fairness doctrine, enforcing it, and creating an equivalent for the web is an absolute necessity if this country is to find legitimate solutions to its problems. Otherwise, I believe, we will spiral down whilst screaming at each other and not listening to what the other is saying because each of us will only understand our point of view.

    •  My comment was a lot harsher (1+ / 0-)
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      I questioned whether they were representing me the fucking taxpayer who pads their wallet, or somebody else.

      I was fucking rude.  This is bullshit.

      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 06:46:32 AM PDT

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    •  I'm not sure this was due to the ending of (1+ / 0-)
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      the Fairness Doctrine. Read Three Blind Mice by Ken Auletta; he points out implicitly that the switch from news to entertainment started before the FD was gutted. It had more to do with new owners' ideals and debt management issues, since all news orgs were money drains "dragging down" the bottom lines of the networks.

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