The 1st Amendment vs. The Fairness Doctrine

Hello all,
I think that it is fair to say that the most recent election was anything but boring old politics. We had a record number of voter turnouts as well as the change of parties in office, not to mention the first African American President for the USofA.  

Going into this election I was very uneducated when it came to politics and the details in regards to candidates. I vowed to learn more. As a tennis coach I see many people every day. Around election time the topic of conversation that came up more times than not was politics. Being the professional that I am, I would not disclose my political affiliation. It was a perfect time though to sit back and take in what my clientele were talking about. On top of this I started listening to talk radio. Yes that is correct I ventured over to the ever-dreaded AM side of the dial. Listening to the AM I have gained a vast amount of knowledge in regards to politics and current events. 

Today on a certain show that I listen to the host was discussing a doctrine that Nancy Pelosi is trying to pass. This doctrine is called the fairness doctrine. In a nutshell the fairness doctrine is a policy of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that required the holders of broadcast licenses to present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was honest, equitable, and balanced.

At first glance this looks like a good thing until you know the details. Nancy Pelosi is a very Left Liberal. Majority of talk radio is dominated by very Right Conservatives. She as well as others feel that conservatives have a monopoly and there is no room for lefty talk shows. This is incorrect. If you dare turn the dial to the AM side of things you will find that it is dominated by the likes of Shaun Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and a slew of other highly known strong conservatives. 

Why do these guys get so much airtime? MONEY MONEY MONEY. They get high ratings because many conservatives follow them. High ratings equal money. 
Why then are there no liberals on the AM side of the dial. It is not that there are not any shows but that there is no need to go there. In the past there have been many attempts to have Progressive (liberal) talk shows. The ratings were low and the success was minimal. Why do the lefts not venture over there then? The answer is simple. Lefties don’t need to venture over to the AM. Their political affiliation dominates the other major forms of media. 



Looking at these major media sources in our country the Lefties don’t have to venture over to the AM dial like the rightys do. They can hear what they want and get the news in the form the want without tuning to the AM. Outside of Fox there is not much for the Right side. 

Numbers and political affiliation aside look at the doctrine this way. Imagine that in order for you favorite radio station to stay on the airwaves it had to share its airtime equally with Polka music. Imagine a Hip HOP and R&B station sharing half of its time with Country Music. Willie Nelson followed up by Bone Thugs N Harmony, that sounds like an unreal lineup. How about Heavy Metal and Yanni/Barney and Friends. That’s correct it’s BOGUS. 

What happened to the First Amendment, the freedom of speech, the amendments our constitution, and further more our country was built on. It will be violating this. Talk radio reports the news. There is no wrong way to report the news. If we have to resort to regulation then regulate all forms of news. Now wouldn’t that be a smart way to spend our tax dollars right after the Dow dropped below 8,000 pts for the first time since I graduated high school. Just something to ponder about.

Catch ya on the flip side….


1 Response to “The 1st Amendment vs. The Fairness Doctrine”

  1. 1 Cecil Jones
    January 23, 2009 at 8:42 am

    Before you start to think the arguments on talk radio are fair, you’ve got to determine who has access to the airwaves. What radio station can a person supporting the liberal position just walk in and go on air? It’s not happening. The current crop of crap like Alan Colmes takes up valuable space staring adoringly at Sean making his thinking unbeatable. It’s like having an enabling wife allow you to beat her for the sake of entertainment. The game isn’t fair because radio is about what sells. It’s far easier to sell the flag than to defend the Constitution. One brings out joy while the other brings out real anger. Which one is easier to sell? It’s not fair at all.

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