The Scary Fairness Doctrine

The Scary Fairness Doctrine

11-10-2008

Three scary words for conservatives.

"The Fairness Doctrine."

Wait. I have 8 words that are even more dangerous.

"President Obama Signs the Fairness Doctrine into law."

Candidate Obama is on record opposing the Fairness Doctrine. But what will President Obama do? Part of the scary scenario here is that Nancy Pelosi, Senator Dick Durbin and many other influential Democrats love the idea. Conservatives highly doubt that Obama will cash in any of his political capital to save the reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine. As John McCain once said, "Who is the real Senator Obama?" We could find out sooner rather than later. Liberals would love to stick it to Limbaugh and Hannity. Read below from Broadcasting and Cable Magazine: The whole article is here:

The return of the Fairness Doctrine continues to be invoked as an argument against giving Democrats more control of the government.

In an op-ed The Washington Post Thursday, conservative columnist George Will warned that "unless [Sen. John] McCain [R-Ariz.] is president, the government will reinstate the … misnamed Fairness Doctrine."

The doctrine, which was pronounced unconstitutional by the Federal Communications Commission in 1987, required broadcasters to cover both sides of controversial issues. Its decline was matched by the rise of rough-and-tumble political talk radio and the vast majority conservative, led by Rush Limbaugh.

Will sees that format threatened by a Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) administration teamed with a Democratic-controlled Congress, arguing instead for the benefits of divided government. "Liberals, not satisfied with their domination of academia, Hollywood and most of the mainstream media, want to kill talk radio, where liberals have been unable to dent conservative dominance," he wrote.

Obama, via his press secretary, told B&C in June that the candidate does not support reinstituting the Fairness Doctrine and sees the issue as "a distraction from the conversation we should be having about opening up the airwaves and modern communications to as many diverse viewpoints as possible."

But more recently, a campaign surrogate told a C-SPAN TV audience Obama had not taken a position on the doctrine. In addition, a source in the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told B&C in July  that he could not rule out a push from House Democrats to bring it back, either in this Congress or the next.

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