At a convention of religious broadcasters Bush today vowed to keep progressive viewpoints off the nations airwaves. At issue is the Fairness Doctrine, which requires broadcasters using public airwaves to present different sides of issues. The doctrine was originally put in place because of concerns that wealthy corporate interests would buy up all the stations and use the power of mass broadcasting to dominate public discussion. The fear was that the corporations would then push public attitudes in the direction of their own interests.
And, of course, this is exactly what has happened. When was the last time you heard on the radio or TV about the benefits of forming a union?
Bush: ‘Fairness Doctrine’ unfair,
In Nashville today, during a speech to the National Religious Broadcasters Convention, President Bush said there’s nothing fair about the so-called “Fairness Doctrine” that once required broadcasters to offer air time for competing ideologies.
We, the People stiff have a few rights, and a bit of power. If you don’t speak out about this, we will lose the last little bit of opportunity to present alternative ideas.