Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Hmm...I wonder how long I can keep blogging...

The so-called "Fairness Doctrine" legislation is being floated around again. According to some radio talk show hosts and think tanks think that the legislation would completely silence some critics. The doctrine's proponents believe that it would bring balance back to the airwaves' political debate, that it would force talk radio stations to air opposing views.

The thing is, that's been tried. The radio station, Air America, was nothing but liberal views to attempt to balance conservative talk radio. It failed. Miserably. It attracted few (if any) listeners, and went broke. The audience has spoken: there's enough liberal views out there in the main stream media. They want some conservative news and opinion on their radios to balance out (0r cancel out) all of the liberal views on their TV news, on ABC, CBS, and NBC.

This only applies to broadcast media, though, right? Right? Well, maybe not, according to FCC Commisioner Robert McDowell. He posits that the legislation, "which will be called something else," would be intertwined with 'net neutrality, and could require bloggers and other internet commenters to abide by the same rules of fairness and balance in viewpoints as broadcasters have had to in the past, and may be required to in the future.

Thus, I wonder how long I can keep blogging. My views are decidedly not equally balanced both ways. And, as I said in my first post, this is about nothing else but my views.

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