Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press . . .
Do we really want Congress meddling in cable and satellite television and radio -- or even the internets: it's not that far-fetched if you agree with the former.
Join me on the flip for more discussion.
Here's the question: Who decides what's not a "pro-corporate perspective"? Political appointees, who are lobbied by lobbiests, etc. (We can't say that they can't be lobbied, because the First Amendment provides that the people have right to "petition the government for redress of grievances"). Who decides what variety of viewpoints should be given "equal" time?
We could go on and on and on and on. And there are no answers to these questions. The true fairness doctrine is the First Amendment which says that Government cannot regulate speech. Period. Furthermore, with the explosion of the internet, any citizen can have a "printing press" and distribute their viewpoint. Let me just say it: NO RETURN TO THE FAIRNESS DOCTRINE. It is outdated, and would lead to very, very, very bad results.