Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Kerry, Durbin rush to back "Fairness Doctrine 2.0"

The push by Senate liberals to revive the so-called "Fairness Doctrine" continues to gain converts. Dick Durbin and John Kerry have joined the august ranks of Hillary Clinton, Babara Boxer, and Dianne Feinstein in calling for government censorship of talk radio. (See here and here for past posts on what I'm calling "Fairness Doctrine 2.0.") Kerry's comments can be heard by clicking on the YouTube video below. Durbin, the Senate's majority whip, told The Hill: “It’s time to reinstitute the Fairness Doctrine... 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.”

How funny, senators. Some of us have an even "older fashioned" attitude that Americans deserve a free press. I think it was even mentioned in that silly old document that's kept under protective glass at the National Archives but otherwise ignored.

If we weren't talking about something as abhorrent as government censorship, it would be amusing to note how liberals are focusing solely on talk radio pundits. Reporters' contributions favored Democrats 9-t0-1, so clearly the staffs in the nation's newsrooms tilt solidly leftward. Perhaps that's why broadcast coverage during the 2006 elections also favored Dems. And yet I haven't heard liberals call for a Fairness Doctrine aimed at TV and newspapers.

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