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They're spinning it as a "streamlining of unnecessary regulations." OK. It was probably the most unnecessary regulation in the history of our Republic. And now the Fairness Doctrine is finally dead and buried.
"The elimination of the obsolete Fairness Doctrine regulations will remove an unnecessary distraction. As I have said, striking this from our books ensures there can be no mistake that what has long been a dead letter remains dead," [FCC Chairman Julius] Genachowski said in a statement.
"The Fairness Doctrine holds the potential to chill free speech and the free flow of ideas and was properly abandoned over two decades ago. I am pleased we are removing these and other obsolete rules from our books."
In recent years some Democrats have petitioned the FCC to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine to counter what they laughable contend is an unfair advantage enjoyed by conservative talk radio and Fox News. Yeah, having to compete for listeners is a bitch, and if everyone were forced to watch MSNBC we'd all be better off. Or something.
If you'll permit me a slight digression. The Fairness Doctrine is at least partially responsible for cementing my conservative beliefs. How? Because for four years of college radio I did a weekly news and interview show, after which I had to recite this disclaimer:
The opinions expressed in the preceding program do not necessarily reflect the views of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Rensselaer Union, or the staff and management of WRPI. Responsible parties with an opposing viewpoint may request time for a rebuttal.
Not that we talked about anything truly controversial; usually the guest was some minor university functionary, on to discuss the finer nuances of the new parking permit system or the like, although we did score an hour with Miss USA once which was pretty sweet.
But no matter. Within 5 minutes of me signing off the studio phone would ring. It'd be the Lyndon LaRouche loons again — or the NYPIRG nuts — demanding another half hour of free air time to peddle their nutjob conspiracy theories. And we had to give it to them too. Fairness and all. They worked the system for all it was worth, not that anybody listened!
And the more I thought about it, the more I realized just how unfair this rule actually was. These weren't RPI students, they were generally SUNY dropouts who rarely bathed and babbled on semi-coherently about fusion power and/or some kind of New World Order. My student activity fees paid for the radio station, these usurpers didn't pay anything. And they got to commandeer half of my weekly show?
But "the staff and management of WRPI" was scared to death of the FCC. So the kooks got free reign. There was one time we turned the tables though. During the height of Jimmy Carter's OPEC oil crisis, when gas lines were everywhere, we booked a Texas oil man to come on and talk about the need to increase domestic production.
Naturally the NYPIRG nuts would want "equal time," so we gave it to them, by pre-emptively scheduling them both for the same hour. And the fellow from Texas eviscerated their idiotic econut arguments in five minutes flat. They stormed out of the studio in a huff threatening to report us to the FCC for treating them "unfairly."
Nothing came of it of course. But it was my first, but alas not my last, taste of liberal intolerance. The oil man turned out to be hoot, and we had one of our best hours of radio thanks to him. Jimmy Carter lost the 1980 presidential election to Ronald Reagan, I graduated and got a Real Job, and all these years later here I am still butting heads with liberal fascists.
At least for the moment though I can do it without fear of governmental interference now that the FCC has finally trashed the Fairness Doctrine. God Bless the First Amendment.
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