Fairness Doctrine To Extend To The Internet?

Such is reported by the Business and Media Institute

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.”

FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell raised that as a possibility after talking with bloggers at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. McDowell spoke about a recent FCC vote to bar Comcast from engaging in certain Internet practices – expanding the federal agency’s oversight of Internet networks.

“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?”

I guess time will tell, particularly if Obama wins the White House, and Democrats retain control of Congress. Both Barry and Nancy Pelosi are fans of the Fairness Doctrine. If you can’t compete, legislate. Then hopefully get the bejesus sued out of them for violating the 1st Amendment. 

Vodkapundit points out that he would be happy to be the first test case, and that this would “hurt the Netroots far more than the libertarian-right where I make my home.” It would be fun forcing Kos, the HuffPost, Crooks and Liars, the DU, etc, to post Conservative responses to their unhindgedness, eh?

Asking Air Deadbeat for rebuttal time would be a waste, since they have almost no listeners. But to Alan Colmes and a few other moderately successful liberal talk shows, yeah, that would work.

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One Response to “Fairness Doctrine To Extend To The Internet?”

  1. It would be fun forcing Kos, the HuffPost, Crooks and Liars, the DU, etc, to post Conservative responses to their unhindgedness, eh?

    No it wouldn’t. If we could do it to them, they could do it to us.

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