If liberals can’t compete in the free market, they turn to the government to make it “fair” for them. For instance, liberal talk radio sucks. I say that because I’ve listened to far too much of it, and it sucks. But that’s not just my opinion, since the marketplace has also said that liberal talk radio sucks. You can see this in the way Air America Radio has failed to succeed. So, having failed in the free market, liberals predictably turn to the government to fix it for them. And when it comes to radio, the method liberals seem to like most is the resurrection of the Fairness Doctrine, as reported on TheHill:
“It’s time to reinstitute the Fairness Doctrine,” said Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). “I have this old-fashioned attitude that when Americans hear both sides of the story, they’re in a better position to make a decision.”
The Fairness Doctrine, which the FCC discarded in 1985, required broadcasters to present opposing viewpoints on controversial political issues. Prior to 1985, government regulations called for broadcasters to “make reasonable judgments in good faith” on how to present multiple viewpoints on controversial issues.
Senate Rules Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said she planned to “look at the legal and constitutional aspects of” reviving the Fairness Doctrine.
“I believe very strongly that the airwaves are public and people use these airwaves for profit,” she said. “But there is a responsibility to see that both sides and not just one side of the big public questions of debate of the day are aired and are aired with some modicum of fairness.”
Feinstein said she is not yet ready to submit a formal proposal.
If liberals could compete in the free market, they wouldn’t need the heavy hand of government to make things “fair” for them. Liberals tell us that Americans need to “hear both sides of the story” to best make decisions, but is the public truly starved for both sides? Rush Limbaugh, the right-wing “king of talk radio,” has about 550 radio stations broadcasting him, while the left-wing NPR has about 720. If we look at TV networks, Fox News leans middle to right, and ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, and CNN lean middle to left.
Here’s how to answer Senator Feinstein and anyone else pondering whether the Fairness Doctrine needs to return — send them a copy of the First Amendment and ask them what part of “Congress shall make no law” they have a hard time understanding.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. [emphasis mine -- CM]