Eric R
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Eric R asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 1 decade ago

Should the “Fairness Doctrine” be more accurately renamed the “Censorship Doctrine”?

Thoughts?

Update:

RipHim:

Why did the majority of Congress vote for the Patriot Act then? What are you doing that you would be worried about the Patriot Act? Unless you were planning something bad…

Green Pagan:

Even most Democrats understand that the Censorship Doctrine would be put in place just to reign in talk radio. It will be overwhelmingly biased against Conservatives, your point is therefore negated.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Anybody who thinks the Fairness Doctrine would not be used as a Liberal tool is dreaming. Probably dreaming of their deranged version of Utopia.

  • 4 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    First Amendment>Fairness Doctrine

  • 1 decade ago

    I can't say that I support the fairness doctriine, but I don't see how it censors anything. If anything, it allows *more* voices to be heard. What makes me uncomfortable about it is the fact that it would force privately owned radio stations to broadcast material their listeners aren't interested in hearing.

    Your "Well that's what they *say* but everybody knows what they're *really* up to," argument is completely vacuous. You have provided not a single shred of evidence showing that the doctrine would be overwhelmingly biased. Green's point is therefore valid.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It should be renamed but once again Obama is counting on people not to know the difference. That assumption has worked very well for him. It will only be when it's too late that you will hear a mass "Oh, I get it now!"

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No. The Fairness Doctrine does not call for any censorship. Conservative talk radio is just scared because they believe stations would rather drop their syndicated programs than schedule liberal shows to balance out their programming.

    I find it funny that the people that complain the loudest about how liberal biased mainstream media is would oppose the Fairness Doctrine so loudly as well. The Fairness Doctrine would force liberally biased stations to carry more conservative programming, as well.

  • Chin T
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    1 decade ago

    Yes it is a censorship doctrine.

    Often they name things the exact opposite of what they are particularly the bad legislation. Interesting how "liberals" are the ones who want to censor free speech isn't it?

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Thats what it ought to be called but the reason they call it the Fairness Doctrine is to disguise it. Like a wolf in sheeps clothing.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I must agree with you. There is nothing fair about censoring the First Amendment. If you don't want to listen to Rush Limbaugh, turn him off. Do not take away his right to free speech.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No... actually, it does the opposite of censorship... it prevents selective coverage which excludes "the other opinion".

    For instance, if you have a company that laid off 2,000 workers - you're not allowed to ONLY interview the guy who laid them off... you have to ALSO interview one of the folks who got screwed...

    But it doesn't say that you're not allowed to interview the guy who laid them off... you can still do that.

    So it would be the anti-censorship Doctrine if anything...

    If the media is truly as "liberal" as conservatives claim, then they should want the Fairness Doctrine immediately...

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