This might be lengthy...patience, y'all.
I was listening to Neal Boortz (a mini-Rush Limbaugh) on FM 101.1 talk radio a few days ago and he was talking about how he believed that the democrats were pushing to reinstate the "Fairness Doctrine"...something that has had a varied past....in order to rid the radio airways of conservative talk radio. I went to the "Net" and found what I consider the best of the two sides on this issue. Here are the links for each side's views for those of you who are interested:
From what I'm hearing, the "fairness doctrine", if implemented (passed by congress) would require that on talk radio, there must be an equal presentation of BOTH political sides of any particular issue. In other words, if a particular conservative radio talk show chooses to discuss negatives with regard to, say, an Obama supreme court selection in the future, that station/show must give equal time to positives with regard to whatever selection would be made (for example).
Conservative radio talk shows are far and away the most listened to political shows on radio. Nope...don't need to prove it because even the left admits it. Rush Limbaugh, regardless what kind of pig liberals/left-leaners believe him to be, generates billions in revenue for his syndicated networks. Ad dollars just keep coming in because of the listenership. Does he put out "hate speech"....certainly. But, is he any worse than the National Enquirer with their lies and distortions?
To me, conservative talk radio is entertaining and admittedly extremely opinionated. I listen to Boortz because it humors me. And, I admit to sometimes totally agreeing with some of his presentations.
I believe that trying to re-implement the "Fairness Doctrine" with regard to radio is an attempt by the left in this country to shut down righwing radio. I think it is against the 1st Amendment. Regardless of your opinion....everyone has the right to their opinion. Without that, we might just as well throw out the Constitution.
What is your take? This is a left-leaning venue and I know you folks have an opinion on this.