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47% Favor Laws to Create Political Balance on TV — Do You?

So we asked this question a while back when we were talking about the Fairness Doctrine — should the government mandate political balance on TV and radio? Now Rasmussen has polled on it, and it turns out nearly half — 47 percent — think this is a great idea.

It seems that thought doesn't extend to the Internet. The survey found that 57 percent said the government should not require websites and blogs to present opposing viewpoints (though 31 percent said the net should keep it fair and balanced.) The pretty even split seems to mirror so many aspects of the US political landscape — and there's a whole landscape of opinions about it out there from folks who think the Fairness Doctrine could "correct" any pro-Obama media bias, to Christian stations who are nervous that a return of the 1949 FCC policy could dampen their ability to preach the Gospel.

Where do you fall on the spectrum? Are you anti-Fairness Doctrine, would you like to see it cover all media, or leave the web alone?


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True-Song True-Song 9 years
Wait...what? Sorry, didn't follow. I'm not in school...
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
You're still in school? You're just a kid. ;)
True-Song True-Song 9 years
I didn't know we were talking about kids. I'm a grown up.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
But how many kids do you know who enjoy anything responsibly?
True-Song True-Song 9 years
I suppose, like most things, boinking out of wedlock is something that needs to be enjoyed responsibly.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I spend a lot of time counseling people who have F'd up their lives because they decided to start boinking out of wedlock. Once you start having sex (it is great, I love it!!), things get complicated. You've got to really focus on not getting pregnant, and all the STDs. IMO, it's not worth the hassel until you find the one you're goann spend the rest of your life with.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
Ooh. It was sandwiched between two more normal things. I was ready to go to bat for boinking out of wedlock.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
It was a joke. I'm amazed it took 4 hours for anyone to say anything.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
> The only problem is that the sex should be between two people who are married. Wait, is this a joke? If not...what?!?!
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
If we see more sex on TV, does that mean that more people will break into the schools to commit acts of random sex encounters? It's just a question because of the argument that more violence on TV has brought on the increase in violence in schools.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
UnDave, you will soon be one of us :drool: "I would like to see more sex, and less violence." Here, here!
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I'm amazed that 87% of us believe that the fairness doctrine isn't a good thing. Where are all the crazy liberals on this? (JK)
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Well, I'm not that old... ;)
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
Dave you really are a dirty old man aren't you? :wink:
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
Go Mich! :cheer: I am with you 100%!
Michelann Michelann 9 years
I've got little cousins, and I've heard the questions and the curiosity. I just don't see how knowing about human anatomy spoils their innocence.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
It begins the quesioning. "What is that?" Then it progresses from there. You'll notice it when you ahve children. (I'm sorry, I always hated when people with children said that to me, but in this case it's true.)
Michelann Michelann 9 years
If seeing an exposed breast destroys their innocence, then children are never innocent, are they?
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I'd rather they didn't see either. Why are we in such a hurry to destroy our childrens innocense?
Michelann Michelann 9 years
Torg, I've always thought that was strange too. I'd much rather my (non-existent) children see an exposed breast than a gory murder or rape scene. But the FCC approves of one while the other is shameful and worthy of fines.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I would like to see more sex, and less violence. The only problem is that the sex should be between two people who are married. Mose actors can't commit to something for a week, let alone a lifetime.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
I actually was totally not thinking about Janet Jackson, but I can see why nipple-on-tv makes you think of her. I think it's weird in general that we're so averse to seeing nipples or any other body part or sex on tv, especially when violence is so prevalent and accepted. Sex is legal, murder is not, but which do we see more of?
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
torg: i think the nipple slip thing you brought up was made into a media circus and became totally idiotic at the end... but the cause of it is actually more sad if you step back and look at things. we are so repressed in this country that purposely exposing a woman's breast at a national sporting event became the most scintillating thing EVER on tv. america behaves much like a group of pre-pubescent boys hiding in the attic, giggling and looking at the JC penney lingerie ads!
organicsugr organicsugr 9 years
Of course I'm liberal, Torg. That's why we agree so often.
stephley stephley 9 years
I believe they're agin it - some directors supported narrow issues in the past but not excited about resurrecting it. I think - I didn't find a flat out 'here's what we think'.
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