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If you havent spent much time watching Fox News Channel, you might think that all of this is a joke. But its what passes for journalism on Fox. The only difference is that all of the innuendo and snide questions are about Democrats and liberals. Even when the few journalists on Fox are trying to present their version of news, the type crawling across the bottom of the screen continues to raise absurd questions about the political opposition. In fact, the bias of the fair and balanced network became so obvious, that Fox News finally admitted that the majority (two-thirds) of its programming is political commentary.
Right-wing theater would be a more accurate description.
More recently, the owner of Fox, Rupert Murdoch, was asked to name one Democrat on his fair and balanced noise network. He was unable to. But he was sure they had one.
If ever there was a rational argument for a return of the Fairness Doctrine, this is it. If you arent familiar with it, the Fairness Doctrine was introduced in 1949 as a policy of the Federal Communications Commission” (FCC). It required broadcasters to present issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was honest, fair and balanced. Unfortunately, the Fairness Doctrine was abolished in 1987, likely the result of Republicans unhappy with the media’s treatment of their policies to redistribute wealth upward.
Since the end of the Fairness Doctrine, weve seen a constant rise in right-wing radio and television with no limits on the lies that can be told. No prohibitions against inciting hatred. And no restrictions against using the public airwaves to promote political ideology and candidates. This puts the power in the hands of a few, very wealthy (and largely conservative) media owners, especially since the ratings for liberal media tend to be lower than for conservatives. After all, for many, its more entertaining to listen to some angry, white blowhards rail against government, social programs, minorities, immigrants and taxes than it is to listen to someone promoting equality and social responsibility.
Its time for Congress to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine. Without it, the only alternative is to spend hours each week researching political issues to determine the truth assuming, of course, that you actually care about the future of the nation.