Democrats who have called for the ‘Fairness Doctrine’

by thoughtfulconservative

Coninually pooh poohed by the left, nevertheless there’s a growing crowd advocating for the reinstitution of the Fairness Doctrine.

The list, which will grow, no doubt. The links are followed by the Democrats mentioned in the news item.


Sen. Debbie Stabenow, whose

husband, Tom Athans, is and has been an executive at several liberal radio talk groups.

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who only wants to

ensure that there are a few liberal shows on the air.

I guess he’s can’t get Air America, either.

Former President Bill Clinton wants ‘more balance’ on airwaves.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)

defended the so-called Fairness Doctrine in an interview on Fox News, saying, “I think we should all be fair and balanced, don’t you?”

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), told The Hill in 2007,

“It’s time to reinstitute the Fairness Doctrine. I have this old-fashioned attitude that when Americans hear both sides of the story, they’re in a better position to make a decision.”

Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Senate Rules Committee Chairwoman

“I believe very strongly that the airwaves are public and people use these airwaves for profit. But there is a responsibility to see that both sides and not just one side of the big public questions of debate of the day are aired and are aired with some modicum of fairness.”

Senator John Kerry

In a radio interview on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show, excerpted on YouTube, Senator Kerry said he thought the doctrine should return. Calling it one of the “most profound changes in the balance of the media,” he said conservatives have been able to “squeeze down and squeeze out opinion of opposing views. I think it has been a very important transition in the imbalance of our public dialog,” he said.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio).

Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.)

I guess my thought is that talk radio and media generally should have a higher calling than just reflect a particular point of view. I think they should use their authority to try to – their broadcast power to present an informed discussion of public issues.

Are there more?

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3 Comments to “Democrats who have called for the ‘Fairness Doctrine’”

  1. What worries me is that the right-wing blogosphere is positively aflame with posts decrying the FD and predicting the death of freedom everywhere. Meanwhile, the only legislation in Washington about the FD are two bills designed to prevent it from ever being implemented again.

    Me, I’m against it. But you’ve got me curious now. I’d really like to hear a rational argument for it–if there even is ione.

  2. While I’d love to hear more balance on the radio, I think it should come naturally, not because of a legislative mandate.

  3. Does’t it strike you as strange that the only media outlet affected by the “Fairness” Doctrine is conservative talk radio?

    Not the heavily liberal—and tax-payer funded—NPR
    Not the heavily liberal network TV stations
    Not the heavily liberal TV chat shows
    Not the heavily liberal cable news channels (except, of course, for FNC)
    Not the heavily liberal mainstream newspapers
    Not the heavily liberal college campuses

    Nope. For some reason Chuck Schumer, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Tom Harkin, Debbie Stabenow, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama see no need to suppress the free speech on any of these. Apparently there’s no “public good” to be served by artificially enforcing “balance” in any of these arenas.
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