Inspired by the alleged power of conservative talk radio, there’s noise about digging the so-called “Fairness Doctrine” out of the landfill. Missed this? Here.
This is all wrong, and it’s a reason why liberals are (a) so despised, and (b) losers.
The premise underlying the “Fairness Doctrine” is almost as idiotic as it is illogical. It’s based on the hilarious notion that there are actually objective truths out there in the world of politics, and that the public somehow has a “right” to have them presented by all parties at all times. Evidently there are liberals out there who are so incensed by wingnuts’ domination of the radio airwaves that they want to stifle free expression, based on some bizzaro interpretation of the public’s “right” to the airwaves.
Stopped laughing yet?
This is horribly wrong on several levels. First, it’s just fucking wrong for Government to step in and tell anybody what and what not to say. I won’t present arguments for this here, because if you don’t see immediately why this is so, nothing I say will persuade you of the basic truth. Suffice it to say that entire wars have been fought and nations conceived over this, including the Yew-nited States of America. Ever heard of it?
Secondly, it’s political suicide for the dickless Dems who favor it, starting with Cuntly Pelosi and Hairless Reid, whose stewardship of the US Congress has produced even lower levels of approval among the American public than even Monkey Boy in the White House. It stinks of cowardice and intellectual dishonesty — two Democratic hallmarks — and would be consistent with the party’s incapacity to separate productive, sensible initiatives from sanctimonious, prescriptive violations of personal freedoms.
The proper way to handle verbalized partisan bullshit, hate speech, character assai nation, lies, etc., is to shine a bright light on it and debate it vigorously, not shut it up legislatively. And in doing so, make the public laugh. As H.L. Mencken said 80 years ago:
The liberation of the human mind has never been furthered by such learned dunderheads; it has been furthered by gay fellows who heaved dead cats into sanctuaries and then went roistering down the highways of the world, proving to all men that doubt, after all, was safe – that the god in the sanctuary was finite in his power, and hence a fraud. One horse-laugh is worth ten thousand syllogisms. It is not only more effective; it is also vastly more intelligent.
“Fairness” my Charmin’d ass. But that’s a whole ‘nother matter for another time.