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FCC Says Fairness Doctrine Could be Used to Control Web Content

August 12, 2008

 The FCC commissioner has recently come out and said that if the fairness doctrine is reinstated that it could be used to regulate web content. In other words the fairness doctrine could be used to regulate what private citizens, such as you and I, can and can’t write about every day.

 There’s a huge concern among conservative talk radio hosts that reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine would all-but destroy the industry due to equal time constraints. But speech limits might not stop at radio. They could even be extended to include the Internet and “government dictating content policy.”

 That is from the FCC commissioner himself, not from some fringe blogger like myself who predicted the same exact scenario here just last week. Here is what I wrote just seven days ago:

we have had numerous Democrats come out and say that the fairness doctrine is something that needs to be re-examined. The fairness doctrine is designed to shut down conservative talk radio and that is why Democrats are in favor of it. So is it so out of character for them to want to go after bloggers next? I don’t think so.

 That is the nagging question that has had me thinking for a few weeks before I read this story. If Democrats are ready to try and shut down conservative talk radio, could bloggers be next? It appears that this could really be the case.

 Bloggers have no “checks and balances”, there is no editor or fact checker. Someone can simply write whatever they want and it is out there for everyone to read, so if Democrats are so interested in shutting down talk radio it is only natural that they will come after bloggers eventually.

 Let us not forget that it was a blogger who took down one of the left’s own in Dan Rather. The left tried to downplay the blogger’s story about the forged documents that Dan Rather used to try to take down a sitting president but they couldn’t. The blogger was right. Democrats haven’t forgotten that lesson and when the time comes I am certain that heavy restrictions and regulations will be imposed on bloggers when the Democrats gain control of every branch of government.

 I don’t want to toot my own horn here, yes I do, I wrote about this very idea just last week and now I have been justified. It is a natural progression that bloggers would be next, and here it is from the FCC:

“Then, whoever is in charge of government is going to determine what is fair, under a so-called ‘Fairness Doctrine,’ which won’t be called that – it’ll be called something else,” McDowell said. “So, will Web sites, will bloggers have to give equal time or equal space on their Web site to opposing views rather than letting the marketplace of ideas determine that?”

 Just think about this for a minute, the Democrats are ready and willing to infringe on the freedom of speech and of the media by regulating talk radio if they are elected. But it is much worse than that, they will go after you and I. Citizens who are just sitting at home writing our opinions on the government and politics.

 There is nothing more un-American that I can think of than stopping everday Americans from expressing their opinions and ideas. As a matter of fact it is unconstitutional. Yet that is what Democrats are poised to do.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. Gram Andrews permalink
    August 13, 2008 9:02 am

    Would the “Fairness Doctrine” mean that conservatives would have equal time on the biased MSM? Besides, aren’t the liberals free to have radio talk shows and blogs as they please too?


  2. Terrant permalink
    August 13, 2008 6:46 pm

    Between the “free speech zones” of the republicans (Bush) and the “fairness doctrine” of the democrats, might as well kiss the 1st amendment bye bye.


  3. Deb permalink
    August 14, 2008 8:17 am

    “Equal time and space”? That’s pretty much all I see. Especially here. There are many commenters that disagree with the posts here and that’s good. I don’t usually go to any left-leaning sites, The Daily Kos, Huffington post etc. I personally don’t have the time or energy. Define “fair”. We need the debate and the discussion.


  4. August 14, 2008 7:42 pm

    I guess for every post I wrote I would have to allow a leftist to post one also. THat’s not fair, that’s insane and impossible. It would shut me down.


  5. August 15, 2008 6:48 am

    This is really scary. Really, really scary.


  6. August 16, 2008 1:05 pm

    This is so scary I can’t take it seriously. No one can tell me what to write or think. At that point, I’d be screaming for a revolution…


  7. Deb permalink
    August 17, 2008 8:06 am

    No “cake” for me, thanks. JK . I also find it near impossible to believe this would really happen. I personally just have to believe what Rush says; ” I’m not going anywhere, folks”. I’m going with that for now.


  8. August 17, 2008 8:17 am

    I try not to take it seriously either, it’s not something that I worry about but you just don’t know. If the fairness doctrine is reinstated it wouldn’t suprise me if the internet was next.
    Count me in on that revolution.



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