Thursday, November 13, 2008

No Fairness Doctrine !!! Fight Back With A National Media Boycott Week!!!

Last week, Chuck Schumer had the following to say about the so called “fairness doctrine”.
“The very same people who don’t want the Fairness Doctrine want the FCC to limit pornography on the air. I am for that… But you can’t say government hands off in one area to a commercial enterprise but you are allowed to intervene in another. That’s not consistent.” “I think we should all be fair and balanced, don’t you?”

It doesn’t get any plainer. Schumer was comparing pornography to political free speech. There is a long history of restricting pornography. He wants to start restricting free speech. Those are fighting words. And here is how to fight. I arrived at this proposed tactic in the course of my one week private news embargo .

Today is four days into my personal boycott of the New York Post. Since it is the least of all evils on New York news stands, I am likely to return to it this Sunday. The only reason I boycotted it was out of disgust at their fawning coverage of Barack Obama. They are usually quite good. I am hoping that their lapse of judgment is temporary. But I had to give voice to my displeasure with a personal “time out” from their change in tone .

I have been keeping informed via alternative means. During my week’s respite from the Post, I came up with an idea to fight back if there is an attempt to pass the “fairness doctrine”. But I can not do it alone.

If an attempt is made to pass the fairness doctrine as law, I suggest a National Media Boycott Week.

During that time, all purchases of daily newspapers will be suspended, as well as that of national magazines such as Time and Newsweek. Whenever possible,news will be gotten on line or at a public library. Newspaper deliveries will be suspended for the full week. Those contemplating cancellation of magazine subscriptions should do so during the national news strike. Rerouting advertising to other media could then be contemplated, to increase the economic impact of the boycott

Everyone would continue to watch television news as usual, with one important difference. We would keep notepads by our televisions and write down the names of sponsors. Those who sponsor the news programs would then be boycotted by all participating in the national news boycott. At the end of the week, sponsors would be called, written or e-mailed that they had been targetted by virtue of their sponsorship for a consumer news embargo.

At the end of the week, the boycott would cease. After a brief respite, it could be resumed if plans remain in place to press for a “fairness doctrine.

Click here to read my complete article on The American Sentinel


Anonymous said...

Conservative talk radio has nothing to do with free speech. It's about slander and character defamation. The fairness doctrine will finally bring some light back into our political discourse.

Magdeburger Joe said...

I don't know if you realise the hidden assumptions in your comment. First, you broadly generalised about a whole section of the political spectrum. There is a precise legal definition of libel and slander. for the sake of clarity alone, we should stick with that alone when it comes to legislating the airwaves.
Who are you or I to impose upon each other our mutually exclusive definitions of "light"?
Put your opinion out there on a good strong radio or TV frequency. Give it your best shot. But don't try to silence your opponents. One man's "light" is another man's "disinformation". Listen to what you yourself are saying