Seriously, folks, how clueless is this government when the Chairman of the agency charged with overseeing the public airwaves has such a dismissive attitude toward the concept that everyone in the community owns the airwaves.
The Federal Communications Commission has no intention of reinstating the Fairness Doctrine imposing a requirement of balanced coverage of issues on public airwaves, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said.
Martin, in a letter written this week to Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., and made public Thursday, said the agency found no compelling reason to revisit its 1987 decision that enforcing the federal rule was not in the public interest.
Several Democratic lawmakers suggested that Congress take another look at the doctrine after conservative radio talk show hosts aggressively attacked an immigration reform bill when it was on the Senate floor, contributing to its defeat.
Pence and other Republicans in both the House and Senate countered by introducing legislation to bar the FCC from reinstating the rule.
So, here you have a Republican Representative — you know, a member of the party that has spent the 3 years since Janet Jackson revealed her right boob on national television, and little children fell over dead from the sight, increasing fines for "indecency" without actually defining it and trying to outlaw the utterance of a half dozen choice words that we all know cause cancer. That party wants to outlaw bad words AND fairness of any kind, even if Congress changes the meaning a bit.
It gets better, folks:
Martin, in his letter, said government regulation was not needed to ensure public access to a wide range of opinion. "Indeed, with the continued proliferation of additional sources of information and programming, including satellite broadcasting and the Internet, the need for the Fairness Doctrine has lessened even further since 1987," he wrote.
Is there someone in the Republican government that is not clueless about their job?
Can we start with the fact that the FCC doesn’t regulate satellite broadcasting or the Internet, and they’re supposed to regulate the broacast airwaves without regard to the other technologies out there.
But talk about your elitists! (Is it okay for someone NOT on Fox Noise to use that word?)
The only one of the above that he regulates is the one that’s free, and he’s essentially refusing to regulate it. Therefore, the people who need information the most, only have access to music without news, and right wing talk. His job isn’t to tell a poor single mother in the inner city that, if she doesn’t like the choices for information available to her, to go hook up the Internet!
No one’s asking to take the right wingers off the air. And no one’s necessarily talking about going back to the original Fairness doctrine, exactly as is. But come on; when you’re driving in the car and your only choices for information are Hannity and Limbaugh, who just tell bald-faced lies and parade them as truth, is it really too much to expect that OUR Federal Communications Commission demand that the record be corrected?? A radio station license holder is supposed to ‘serve the public interest,’ but most of the public interest is ignored, and it’s the FCC’s fault.
Seriously, all of these people need to go, and be replaced with folks who actually understand the concept of ‘public interest." I’m disgusted.