Comments: Think revival of the Fairness Doctrine is a fairy tale?

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The Fairness Doctrine had its place prior to the internet. Howard Dean changed that, but then ended up inept at handling the "scream" incident, as Kerry also proved inept in handling the swift boaters. So it works both ways, which is what the public forum is all about with the internet venue now present. Interestingly, Limbaugh and Fox were not able to successfully counter the anti-Bush 2006 election surge which caused Bush to say: "We got thumped". Therefore, I don't think the Fairness Doctrine is needed nowadays.

Posted by Perry Hood at June 26, 2007 12:07 PM

You may notice a growing addiction to your blog.

I disagree that there needs to be some sort of regulation that would force talk radio to have equal amounts of liberal and conservatives hosts... the problem isn't (and this is just my opinion, I don't actually know if it's the case) really so much that the liberals aren't getting a chance to get onto talk radio (unless we're referring to foul play from conservative organizations like Clear Channel), but rather that there isn't a big enough receptive liberal audience to make it a big thing.

And my understanding is that, as far as print is concerned, while reporters tend to be more liberal, the editors are often conservative... so what's ultimately put out there tends to lean to the conservative side of the spectrum. You'll always find a bias one way or the other when it comes to the media. TV, I'll admit, tends to be liberal (although not as radically as FNC makes it out to be, and certainlt not as strongly biased as FNC). Radio tends to be more conservative. Print tends to be balanced, generally speaking, and I can only imagine that blogs tend to be more liberal.

But then, that's just a crude, ramshackle analysis.

Posted by Mat Marshall at June 30, 2007 10:26 AM