The administration and the Democrat-controlled congress are gunning for the new media – conservative talk radio and Fox News Network in particular. Their weapons are localism, net neutrality and quite possibly government subsidization of old media.
Localism is a stealth approach to reintroducing the Fairness Doctrine. The Fairness Doctrine was a policy of the FCC, introduced in 1949, that required the holders of radio broadcast licenses to present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was honest, equitable and balanced, according to the FCC. The Fairness Doctrine was abolished under President Reagan in 1987, and since that time several unsuccessful attempts have been made to reintroduce it, either through FCC policy or Congressional legislation.
The left supports the reintroduction of the Fairness Doctrine due to the tremendous popularity, political influence and commercial success of conservative talk radio and the internet-based new media. Conversely, liberal talk radio has been a dismal failure in every respect. The Democrat party is arguing a need for fair and balanced coverage of controversial issues (politics), as determined by the government (FCC).
The right contends that liberal talk radio has no popular appeal because it is angry, emotion-based and doesn’t address issues or facts. The right wonders aloud why there isn’t a call for application of the Fairness Doctrine to the liberally biased television and newspaper media.
A majority of Americans oppose the Fairness Doctrine. The People recognize it for what it is – suppression of free speech in violation of the First Amendment in The Bill of Rights. As a result, the Democrat Party will attempt to compromise conservative talk radio through “localism”, which involves FCC mandated local control of radio programming in support of local “community interests”. Think of it as community organizers determining the content of local radio programming.
What is the economic viability of a radio station with programming determined not by the marketplace, but a bunch of community organizers who think they know what the listeners need? Who would buy advertising on such a radio station? How long would it be in business?
As if this weren’t bad enough, the Government is also looking to control “false claims” made by internet blogs and websites under the guise of localism. What?!!! Localism is simply a partisan attempt to legalize censorship.
Net neutrality is even more insidious. First, net neutrality is a misnomer. A definition of net neutrality would suggest a benign, equal condition, when in fact, it is anything but equal. Net neutrality is actually a bigger threat to free speech than the Fairness Doctrine because it affects both the internet and wireless network service.
Net neutrality proponents site as their chief concern, the ability of wireless companies and ISP’s to present content and support applications in a biased and predatory way, thus giving them certain competitive advantages at the expense of the consumer. Further, they believe the federal government is needed to guarantee neutrality in the way content is made available over the internet and wireless networks.
Government control of content and application management on the internet and wireless networks is a clear violation of our First Amendment rights. That fact alone precludes any consideration of the inevitably burdensome regulations, unnecessary expense and unintended consequences that are sure to follow.
The wireless companies and ISP’s are scrambling to establish positions on this issue. Like the pharmaceutical companies, auto manufacturers and bankers before them, they are trying to decide whether to “dance with the devil” with the hope they will receive more favorable treatment if the proposed net neutrality legislation is enacted. It would be fun to watch, were not the consequences so dire.
This is just one more ugly, unconstitutional initiative with which The People must deal. Please become informed, stay involved and make your voice heard. Anti net neutrality bumper stickers can help raise awareness…
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