The Fairness Doctrine is Not Fair!
Over the weekend the St. Louis Post-Dispatch‘s Political Fix blog discussed Congress’ attempt to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine. This would require radio stations to feature balanced programming that represents both viewpoints of any given issue. According to Majority Leader Sen. Dick Durbin, he believes that the Fairness Doctrine is necessary because:
“I have this old-fashioned attitude that when Americans hear both sides
of the story, they’re in a better position to make a decision.”
Well it’s nice that he cares about making sure that people get to hear all viewpoints, but to do that by regulating the radio industry is misguided. There are many other information outlets people can turn to besides the radio, such as the Internet, television, newspapers, and even books! Just because some people may not like what they hear on the radio doesn’t mean it has to be made "fair." As I always say, "If you don’t like it, turn it off."