Fairness Doctrine

Forget liberal or conservative, the idea of a “fairness doctrine” is subjective [email protected]#$. This excerpt should scare thinking people to their core:

WASHINGTON, June 24 (UPI) — U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., said Sunday she is “looking at” the possibility of reviving the fairness doctrine for U.S. broadcasters. Feinstein, speaking on “Fox News Sunday” with Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., said talk radio in particular has presented a one-sided view of immigration reform legislation being considered by the Senate. U.S. talk radio is dominated by conservative voices. “This is a very complicated bill,” said Feinstein. “Most people don’t know what’s in this bill. Therefore, to just have one or two things dramatized and taken out of context, such as the word amnesty — we have a silent amnesty right now, but nobody goes into that. Nobody goes into the flaws of our broken system.” Feinstein said the measure before the Senate “fixes those flaws” but that doesn’t get presented on talk radio, which she said “pushes people to … extreme views without a lot of information.” Asked if she would revive the fairness doctrine, which used to require broadcasters to present competing sides of controversial issues, Feinstein said she was “looking at it.” “I remember when there was a fairness doctrine,” she said, “and I think there was much more serious correct reporting to people.”

Put aside this particular issue, what happens when it is another issue? What happens when it is the issue of money and markets? Where do these lines get drawn and by whom?