"Wouldn't the Fairness Doctrine bring greater balance to a broadcast media that is heavily dominated
- Not likely.
- The Fairness Doctrine would not apply to biased news broadcasts, but to
commentators who have an overt point of view. Worst of all, the doctrine would be applied on a case-by-case basis, giving Obama's FCC the power to determine which speech should be suppressed.
The doctrine is even more blatantly unconstitutional today than it was when the FCC repealed it 21 years ago. Whatever the vitality of the Red Lion rationale in 1969, the advent of the Internet along with other technological advances have rendered the notion of spectrum scarcity utterly obsolete.
- Anyone who has something to say can find a medium thats effectiveness is bound only by the desire of people to listen (and sometimes even that boundary does not limit speech).
A president-elect who owes his record-breaking fundraising and electoral victory in large measure to new forms of communication cannot plausibly justify censorship of traditional media outlets." via Radio Daily News
- ('Localism' is another avenue Oby could explore). sm