the doctrine to silence conservatives
If you would like to learn more about it -Michael Reagan has a great article/letter about what it is -as quoted below:
From the Desk of Michael Reagan:
"Some Democrats call for a return to the Fairness Doctrine, which from 1950-1986 required news media to allow time and space to pro and con viewpoints, candidates or political parties, if requested to do so.
The news media was required to present some information about controversial topics.
The Fairness Doctrine was adopted in 1949 - during the years that radio and television became more popular - to keep people informed of crucial issues and viewpoints.
But the Federal Communications Commission abandoned the Fairness Doctrine in 1987, during the Ronald Reagan administration. The FCC said it violated free speech, guaranteed in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Soon thereafter, Rush Limbaugh became first a cult talk show host and then the most influential conservative commentator in the nation.
When this rule was dropped in 1987 under my father, Ronald Reagan, it led directly to the rise of conservative talk radio that enabled average citizens to have their voices heard across America. If it weren't for the Reagan administration dropping the "Fairness Doctrine," we would never have heard of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Michael Savage, Martha Zoller, Neal Boortz, Janet Folger, or the hundreds of other conservative talk radio hosts that dot the land and expose the lies and misdeeds of the Left.
And THAT is why the Left wants to bring back the "Fairness Doctrine" -- this time, as a LAW.
Up until 1987, the Fairness Doctrine mandated that when a broadcast station presented one viewpoint on a "controversial" public issue, it also had to air the opposing viewpoint. Sounds "fair," right?
WRONG. The so-called "Fairness Doctrine" did nothing but stifle any real public debate on the airwaves. What station manager in his right mind would air a (profitable) conservative talk radio show for two or three hours every day, if it meant he had to also air liberal shows as well -- shows that have consistently LOST money whenever they've been tried?
Repealed by a vote of 4-0, it was concluded that the "Fairness Doctrine" had begun to inhibit political discourse, rather than enhance it.
The Democrat Congress tried to reinstate the doctrine, but President Reagan vetoed their attempt. Again, in 1991, another attempt to revive the doctrine failed when George H. W. Bush threatened a veto.Now, with Barack Obama entering the White House, and Reid and Pelosi reigning over a stronger Democrat-controlled Congress, they're going to try to SHUT US UP AGAIN
Nothing frightens those who peddle lies than the cold hard light of TRUTH. They react to exposure of their deceits the way vampires react to a having a crucifix held up in front of them.
Ever since the birth of conservative talk radio and the Internet ended the liberals' total monopoly over the news, the left has been simmering with rage -- over the loss of their absolute control over what the Americans are allowed to see and hear, and their inability to do anything about it.
Time and again, liberal attempts to sell the nation their shoddy goods have been frustrated when talk-radio hosts have taken to the airwaves and warned their millions of listeners that they were about to be taken to the cleaners.
It was not until last year's fatally flawed "immigration reform" AMNESTY bill -- that seemed destined for passage -- was derailed by an army of angry voters recruited by talk radio hosts and conservative Internet websites, that the left understood both the incredible power of the new media, and their utter helplessness in the face of it.
Clearly something had do be done, they thought. And that's when they came up with the idea to bring back the "Fairness Doctrine" -- but this time, as a LAW.
Really, what they're trying to do shows just how desperate the liberals have become. Without the new media to keep an eye on them, their failure to accomplish their stated goals since winning control of the Congress would have been covered up by the subservient mainstream media.
Those of us in talk radio and the Internet are the left's worst nightmare -- our monitoring of their activities had been shining the light of truth on their attempts to deceive the nation, so now they're trying to do whatever it takes to kill us off.
Like all Marxists, the liberals won't stop trying to LIE their way into power. As a result, they won't stop trying to destroy the new media -- those of us who are more than willing to ACTIVATE the grassroots to help EXPOSE their lies. You can be certain that they'll push HARD for a new "Fairness Doctrine" or some other way to silence the opposition.
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