Thursday, June 21, 2007

The Left Front:
The Left
Will Try
To Revive The
Fairness
Doctrine


Air America failed because no one wanted to listen to it. It is possible that this is because it was just a particularly bad example of left-wing radio. Or, it is possible that left-wing ideas just do not translate well through the medium of talk radio.

Whatever the case, the left, as per usual, can not sit idly by and accept the results of the market. Instead, they must regulate the market to make sure that everyone (meaning everyone on the left) has a "fair" chance.

Oh sure, they say they don't want a return to the Fairness Doctrine, but watch as they deftly move the shells:


Two common myths are frequently offered to explain the imbalance of talk radio:

1) the 1987 repeal of the Fairness Doctrine (which required broadcasters to devote airtime to contrasting views), and

2) simple consumer demand. Each of these fails to adequately explain the root cause of the problem.

The report explains:

Our conclusion is that the gap between conservative and progressive talk radio is the result of multiple structural problems in the U.S. regulatory system, particularly the complete breakdown of the public trustee concept of broadcast, the elimination of clear public interest requirements for broadcasting, and the relaxation of ownership rules including the requirement of local participation in management.

Ultimately, these results suggest that increasing ownership diversity, both in terms of the race/ethnicity and gender of owners, as well as the number of independent local owners, will lead to more diverse programming, more choices for listeners, and more owners who are responsive to their local communities and serve the public interest.

Along with other ideas, the report recommends that national radio ownership not be allowed to exceed 5 percent of the total number of AM and FM broadcast stations, and local ownership should not exceed more than 10 percent of the total commercial radio stations in a given market.

Read the full report here.


No, no Fairness Doctrine hiding there, huh?

What a joke.

Anyway, I do think it is arguable what percentage of radio stations a corporation like Clear Channel ought to be allowed to own in a given market. However, attempting to ensure a certain percentage of minority and local ownership is racist in nature, and an a socialistic restriction of free trade to boot.

The Left's solutions are always the same, aren't they? More and more government restrictions under the guise of trying to help minorities and women.