Rep Dennis Kucinich (D-outer space) says since the broadcast airwaves are owned by the public they must be governed. But that’s not what he actually means–we do already have the FCC to regulate broadcasting. What he means is that the government should be able to mandate what kind of programming radio stations are allowed to offer. It’s a way to silence Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham et al by forcing stations to give no-name liberal hacks like the unpopular pool on Air America “equal time” on stations that air the conservative talkers. That will kill off the market for talkers generally, and return us to the insipid AM programming of the 1970s. It’s thuggery, basically, but that’s what the country gets for keeping the likes of Kucinich around and then putting his party in power. You didn’t vote for the unFairness Doctrine, America, but if Dennis the Menace gets his way, you’ll get the unFairness Doctrine.
If Kucinich gets his way on matters of national security, you’ll also get a Department of Peace to replace the Department of Defense. In the middle of a war. Empowering Democrats can have quite a few unintended consequences. But back to the broadcasting.
Now here’s the doozy: Alan Colmes does not support the Fairness Doctrine because … it would create another government bureaucracy. Actually it would probably just put some teeth back into the FCC, but I don’t want to disturb Colmes’ useful illusions on this. Even if Kucinich made sense, which he doesn’t and never has, does he not understand how popular conservative talk radio is over liberal talk radio? Someone needs to inform what happened the last time a liberal conglomerate was on the airwaves.
Kucinich obviously does understand that conservative talk radio blows liberal talk radio out of the water. He just doesn’t have any faith at all that Air America and other liberal talkers can compete on their own. The Fairness Doctrine is supposed to force America to tune in to liberal talk radio that it seldom chooses to listen to when given the choice. You can call that whatever you want, but “fairness” is about as far from accurate a description as you can get.