Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Fairness Doctrine: Better Off Dead or Alien Resurrection?

Fairness Doctrine fever has now spread through Congress, with efforts to contain the malady only exacerbating the affliction. Looks like we'll just have to let nature take its course.

The Great Fairness Doctrine Panic (FDP) of 2009 continues, hurling gigabytes of fear, loathing, and speculation across the blogosphere like so much digital flotsam. Our recent story raised doubts about the likelihood that anyone on Capital Hill was serious about reviving the 22-years-dead policy. But it turns out that there are a number of people who think it's high time the Fairness Doctrine was resurrected after all.

And so, in penance, I don the personae of Andrews the prison warden, played by Brian Glover in Alien 3. "Rumor control," he soberly tells his off-world brood of sociopaths. "Here are the facts."

Theres' some chatter on Twitter about the Fairness Doctrine so I decided to try and find the latest. Hence, story above and the stories below.

Legal Group Prepares to Battle Fairness Doctrine
The American Center for Law and Justice, a legal group which specializes in constitutional law, said Monday it is preparing a litigation strategy to combat the Fairness Doctrine should it return.

Support drops for Fairness Doctrine
In a new Rasmussen poll, only 38 percent of respondents supported the fairness doctrine.

Some Democrats hope to reinstate Fairness Doctrine
The Fairness Doctrine, a vestige of an America that had radio and TV but no Internet, could be poised for a comeback. A regular parade of Democratic politicians has expressed interest in reviving the rule that - until it was abolished by President Ronald Reagan in 1987 - forced stations to toe an ideologically neutral line. And although some experts scoff at the suggestion that the rule could ...

(Warning: this is from the Huffington Post)
Dave Johnson: Revive The Fairness Doctrine
Let's start a discussion about reviving the Fairness Doctrine to re-introduce the commons and the idea that we tell the corporations what to do! A...

47% Oppose Fairness Doctrine, But 51% Think Congress Likely To Bring It Back
Just 38% of U.S. voters think that the government should require all radio stations to offer equal amounts of conservative and liberal political commentary.

AJOC Editorial: Conspiracy or coincidence with Fairness Doctrine
Now that the Democrats have risen to power again, they are wasting little time in efforts to control what you hear on the radio. The Fairness Doctrine is making a comeback. Could be coincidence; you decide.

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