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The Fairness Doctrine may make a Comeback

POSTED: Monday, November 3, 2008 - 6:55pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 12:39am

TYLER - Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced this year that Democrats are interested in bringing back the Fairness Doctrine.

If the Fairness Doctrine were re-instated, each program would be mandated by law to give equal time to all sides of an argument.

This means if you like to listen to Rush Limbaugh, for example, be prepared for half of his show to be liberal, in addition to the conservative half of his show.

The Fairness Doctrine was done away with in 1987, and since then, talk radio boomed with the introduction of Rush Limbaugh's show.

But many believe shows like Limbaugh's are not fair. That's why they want the Fairness Doctrine to come back, but some broadcasters say it won't make things more fair, just less discussed.

"It kills off any discourse whatsoever. We just simply won't talk abou things about which there will be controversy," Paul Gleiser, President of KTBB says.

"You should be able to watch it and get the information without getting bias from left or right wing nuts," Zach Jones says.

Although the Democratic Party is the one pushing for the Fairness Doctrine, Barack Obama says he's not in favor of bringing it back, and if he becomes President he will not support it.

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I doubt we will see much in the way of pushing this agenda now that Obama has won the election. I think the thing that was driving it in the days that led up to the election was the fear that a lot of people might actually buy into what they were hearing on conservative talk radio. Pelosi, Reid, and the rest were fearful that it might hurt Obama's chances in the election.

Let's see what happens, but even if they do try to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine, they will fail miserably. The American people will not stand for any kind of suppression of free speech. And besides that, I don't why the democrats would want to mess up a good thing. After all, with the exception of Fox News & talk radio, they have everything else locked up.

I am so glad that Obama will not support this. It is a total violation of free speech.

Cable news channels like Fox News & MSNBC should be recognized for what they are - COMMENTARY (like editorials) on news. CNN is definitely the most balanced of the two though it is slightly left of center. I enjoy watching commentary on all three stations and hearing different people's perspectives on the same story. In my opinion, that is a much better way of getting a "fair" analysis (i.e., making your own!) than forcing people like Rush Limbaugh, Keith Olberman and Sean Hannity to "play fair". They won't be the same, and the networks will suffer.

I think it is ridiculous. Let anyone say what they want to. Democrats have Oprah and locally 102.7 radio station. I have never heard them saying anything other than democratic views. Democrats need to get their own Rush to have a political talk show. And Pelosi is a crazy lady. She didn't want our soldiers over seas to vote in this election. Anything that comes out of her mouth I immediatly think the opposite.

Ummm..."Democrats have Oprah and locally 102.7 radio station"? Why don't you say what (it sounds like) you really mean?!

NOthing in that statement was meant to be racist at all. When you think as democratic voices who are the 1st to come to your head? That aren't in politics. ???????????? People need to relax and realize that it is 2008, not everything is racist that is said. And other than assumption, how do you know wgat race I am??????

You are absolutely right and I certainly should not make assumptions. That was hypocritical of me since that's the very thing for which I was calling you out.

I know several wealthy white families who are big backers of Obama. They are in the 5% of the population who will be hit with Obama's tax increase (because they make well over $250K a year) and don't care one bit. Democrat voices are not just lower-income people who want a handout. They are not just minorities who want someone who looks like them to be president. They are people who care a great deal about the community as a whole, the COUNTRY as a whole...not just the people who think they run it and everyone should think like them.

Thank GOD we all have a CHOICE.

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