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Should Stations Be Required to Present Diverse Viewpoints?

The House of Representatives will most likely not debate a Republican proposed bill to outlaw the "Fairness Doctrine." The FCC stopped using the Fairness Doctrine, which attempted to ensure equal airtime for different perspectives on controversial issues, during the Reagan Administration. Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Tuesday that Democrats would rather revive the federal policy of forced evenhandedness.

Critics of the Fairness Doctrine argue that it violates the First Amendment. Instead of facilitating complex debates, equal opportunity resulted in no opportunity for controversial discussions. Some of Speaker Pelosi's opponents worry that if the doctrine is revived, this chilling effect would extend to commentators like Rush Limbaugh. Small stations, which cannot afford a counter to Rush, would simply not talk about tough issues.

Should the Fairness Doctrine be put to rest, as there surely is no lack of space in the radio and cable television sphere? Can we rely on the viewers to judge a station's bias — and how bias is too bias?

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stephley stephley 7 years
That kind of stuff I get rid of right away. If I want a 'slice of life' I'll turn off the radio and deal with my family:o
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
NPR has some of the most ridiculously boring programming out there. I remember listening to a show a while back; they were interviewing some author, and the woman went on and on for twenty minutes talking about her last visit to the nail salon. Seriously. :OY:
stephley stephley 7 years
Nope - if I'm in a car it's a rental and don't have Sirius, so it's whatever American or National Public Radio have.
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
When I was in sales and I was in the car all day I used to listen to talk all the time... Music gets so boring hour after hour, esp since regular radio plays the same songs over and over. Finally I got Sirius and that made a huge difference!Steph - do you listen to Martha radio on Sirius? Thats a fav of mine. Though sometimes it can be so boring I feel like I might fall asleep at the wheel!
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
When I was in sales and I was in the car all day I used to listen to talk all the time... Music gets so boring hour after hour, esp since regular radio plays the same songs over and over. Finally I got Sirius and that made a huge difference! Steph - do you listen to Martha radio on Sirius? Thats a fav of mine. Though sometimes it can be so boring I feel like I might fall asleep at the wheel!
janneth janneth 7 years
I love real jazz (not "smooth" jazz) if I am driving in the countryside.
stephley stephley 7 years
That's interesting - I can't abide radio commentators on either side. If I'm driving I like cooking shows or music, some news but no yakking.
cine_lover cine_lover 7 years
Jude I am totally with you on this one. Except of course about Obama being the next president ;)
janneth janneth 7 years
I do what Jude does--on my commute I sometimes listen to radio commentators on the "other side". My reactions range from amusement to fury.
stephley stephley 7 years
No, bro's friend never appeared on air.The Fairness Doctrine doesn't require if you air Rush you have to give equal time to Air America - if you air Rush during the week during prime time, you would have to air a liberal viewpoint sometime during the week during primetime. Not minute for minute. It's purpose is to ensure that the opposing view is heard, not given equal time.
stephley stephley 7 years
No, bro's friend never appeared on air. The Fairness Doctrine doesn't require if you air Rush you have to give equal time to Air America - if you air Rush during the week during prime time, you would have to air a liberal viewpoint sometime during the week during primetime. Not minute for minute. It's purpose is to ensure that the opposing view is heard, not given equal time.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
The reason Air America was not a success before it ever got off the ground is because it was called Air America. No one is going to listen to something called Air America. This isn't 1958 with Russian troops marching on the Baltic’s! Take the partisanship off the packaging deliver it with charisma and when ever the opportunity avails itself bank hard to the left. Who ever designed the idea needs to retire yesterday.
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
Is the he the old german guy who looks like a beetle in the new VW commercials???:)I love that guy!
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
Is the he the old german guy who looks like a beetle in the new VW commercials??? :) I love that guy!
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
"Some of Speaker Pelosi's opponents worry that if the doctrine is revived, this chilling effect would extend to commentators like Rush Limbaugh. Small stations, which cannot afford a counter to Rush, would simply not talk about tough issues"Actually, this is the big worry about the fairness doctrine. On XM, Air America is that opposite viewpoint. The problem is that Air America is going backrupt because no one listens, which means no one wants to advertise on that station.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
"Some of Speaker Pelosi's opponents worry that if the doctrine is revived, this chilling effect would extend to commentators like Rush Limbaugh. Small stations, which cannot afford a counter to Rush, would simply not talk about tough issues" Actually, this is the big worry about the fairness doctrine. On XM, Air America is that opposite viewpoint. The problem is that Air America is going backrupt because no one listens, which means no one wants to advertise on that station.
stephley stephley 7 years
My brother had a friend who voiced a couple of national Volkswagen commercials - lived very nicely for some time on it. If people think you have the voice for it, you really should try it. It's not something that would take up so much of your life that you couldn't do anything else, and could make it possible for you to do more.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
I think that would be fun.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
I think that would be fun.
stephley stephley 7 years
You should at least try voiceovers, it could help pay for college without a lot of heavy lifting. I did a couple of on-air reports but I hated it - I sound like Minnie Mouse.
stephley stephley 7 years
You should at least try voiceovers, it could help pay for college without a lot of heavy lifting. I did a couple of on-air reports but I hated it - I sound like Minnie Mouse.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
*herd
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
*herd
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
I'm thinking of taking a crack at talk radio myself but I would want to do it with a partner in crime I need some one to work off. Maybe yesteryear would be interested. Since my voice changed in High School everyone has been trying to heard me into broadcasting or voice over’s. I remember when I got up in front of my Literature class and seeing my teachers jaw drop as I recited a passage of Shakespeare. A few people have told me that they found them selves surprised to turn and find me speaking because they thought it was the radio, LOL!, and when I answer the phone at work people proceed to leave a message. Who know's maybe one day you'll all be cursing me instead of Rush, LOL!
stephley stephley 7 years
But the airwaves do belong to the American public, not the broadcasters - they pay for the privilege of having a license.
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