Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Pelosi Supports Revival of "Fairness Doctrine"

In George Orwell's book, 1984, spoken language is altered to make the expression of heretical thoughts impossible. A classic example was the name "Pravda", or "truth", which was of course, whatever the Communist Party said it was. "Democratic" in communist parlance came to mean "in the interests of the proletariat," which again was decided by the "revolutionary vanguard of the proletariat", which was(what else?) the Communist Party.
Nancy Pelosi has lent new life to the latest Orwellian attack on plain English known as the "Fairness Doctrine." According the Fairness Doctrine, radio and television stations must offer equal time to opposing viewpoints. If Rush Limbaugh or Michael Savage have three hours on the air each, the radio station that carries them must provide equal time to their opponents. This is likely to create a nightmare in programming logistics for radio station owners who wish to have controversial talk show hosts on their programming lineup. In the past, liberals have not had nearly as much success in building talk radio ratings as have the conservatives. Although they have done very well on the major networks and with a few big newspapers such as the New York Times, The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times, all of their strongholds are taking a hit from the internet and talk radio. For this reason, the liberals are running scared. In desperate times like these, they are playing to win. Instead of buying or starting their own broadcast media, they are trashing their opponent's hard earned gains.
Considered together with some of the codes governing "offensive speech"on college campuses there is a disturbing trend towards erosion of free speech that is coming from the left of the political spectrum. Like a GUM department store in 1960's Moscow offering shoddy merchandise, the Pelosi liberals want the marketplace of ideas to be a planned economy with a narrow assortment of their hand picked trashy goods being offered to the public.
Free speech is under attack. The "Fairness Doctrine" is an attempt by those whose newspapers are failing to silence their opponents. It is important to the Senate and the House of Representatives those whose commitment to free speech is beyond question. Additionally, our next President's Supreme Court appointments will have major repercussions in this area.If we relax our vigilance in this vital area, we will be paying for it for years to come with only ourselves to blame.

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