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The Fraud of the Fairness Doctrine

January 24, 2007

Besides the fact that the Fairness Doctrine is all but unenforceable, there are many other flaws with the concept of dictating political fairness to a free media.

First off, the Fairness Doctrine only refers to the obvious and would require an Alan Colmes for every Sean Hannity. But what about less obvious political partisanship? For example, how would the biased agenda setting of a network like CBS be addressed? In this way, the Fairness Doctrine would be superficial at best, allowing more classic forms of political bias to slip under the government radar undetected. Unless the government plans on require hiring practices based on political party affiliation in the news rooms of every television and radio network, this is doomed to failure.

Secondly, how would an individual’s personal politics be determined? There are Conservatives who lean liberal on certain issues and liberals who happen to skew more conservative on some issues.

Those who say that the Fairness Doctrine will bring about a return of “media democracy” are selling you a bill of goods, as a matter of fact, the effects of the fairness doctrine would be quite the opposite. A return to the Fairness Doctrine would take control of program content from the listener, and put it in the hands of a government regulatory commission. Under private ownership, the public determines what the public interest is. That relationship between the public and content can not exist with overburdensom regulations. It’s enough that the FCC combs the airwaves for indecency do we really need them combing for ideology?

Let’s face it, the government can’t even control the blaitant bias of the publically financed PBS and NPR.

For more on The Fairness Doctrine, American Thinker’s Selwyn Duke makes a good case against it:

Of course, many may wonder why I’d take issue with fairness.  Shouldn’t we give the “other side” its day in court, one may ask?  

The problem is that this regulation would be applied to talk radio but not arenas dominated by liberal thought, a perfect example of which is the ever-present mainstream media (which presents the “other side”).  This is because talk show hosts trade in red meat commentary, whereas the mainstream press is more subtle in its opinion-making. 

Fine then, say the critics, that’s as it should be.  We don’t have to worry about “responsible journalists”; it’s those acid-tongued firebrands who pollute discourse with their pyro-polemics who bedevil us.  And on the surface this sounds convincing, which is why I tell you of the talker and the shill.

The dirty little secret behind the Fairness Doctrine is that it punishes the honest.  Think about it: Radio hosts are the talkers; they wear their banners openly as they proclaim who and what they are.  Sure, they may be brash and hyperbolic, loud and oft-sardonic, but there is no pretense, little guile, and you know what they want you to believe.  You know what they’re sellin’ and if you’re buyin’.


Rep. Eric Cantor

January 18, 2007

CantorChief Deputy Whip, Representitive Eric Cantor of Virginia’s 7th district will be joining The Andrew Wilkow Show today(1/18) in the 3rd hour of the show (2pm EST). He will discuss recent legislation he has proposed along with former POW, Representitive Sam Johnson which will keep house Democrats from cutting off funding for American troops in Iraq.

His statement about the proposed legislation:

“The purpose of this legislation is to assure our men and women in Iraq that Congress and America support them.  As a nation, we are debating the future of our involvement in Iraq; this debate is necessary and good.  However, our troops and the dollars that fund them should not be used to play politics during that debate.  Playing politics with our nation’s purse strings will only hurt our troops and encourage the terrorists who want to harm them.

“We must not forget that we are at war with an irreconcilable wing of Islam and it is imperative for the security of the Middle East and America that we succeed against the terrorists.”

Rep. Patrick McHenry

January 16, 2007

McHenryAmerica’s youngest Congressman, Patrick McHenry will be joining the Andrew Wilkow show today (1/16) at 12:20 EST to discuss his recent spar with Congressman Barney Frank over the Samoa minimum wage exemption.

Mark Levin Responds to Kennedy

January 10, 2007

Hot Air has posted Levin’s response to Kennedy’s Vietnam comments.

I think it’s safe to say that our country is now split into two camps in our Vietnam-comparison obsession; those who learned from everything up to the Tet offensive and those who’ve learned from everything up to and including the slaughter that followed our exit from the country.

Audio: Michelle talks Iraq, the media, and Jamilgate with Andrew Wilkow

January 5, 2007

Thanks to Allahpundit over at Hot Air for posting the audio of Michelle Malkin’s interview with Wilkow. Enjoy!

Michelle Malkin on The Andrew Wilkow Show

January 4, 2007

Michelle will appear on The Andrew Wilkow show at 1pm EST to discuss her embed in Iraq.