I still listen to the radio daily (Top 40, NPR, and local talk radio), but the argument over the threat of a renewed fairness doctrine was just ridiculous.
In our paper, we go out of our way to try to present a balanced look at political candidates in an election, but our editorial style the rest of the time is typically a little more progressive. But on the radio or television? I have no expectation that shows like Rachel Maddow or Rush Limbaugh present a balanced look at the news and I think it would be foolish of anyone to think they should. Both shows are successful because of their unique approach to the news. Losing their voice for some effort at balance would hurt the final product.
I’m not presenting some new-fangled opinion here — it’s the kind of thinking that got the Fairness Doctrine thrown out in the first place. It was hard not to look at Sen. Jim DeMint’s fight against a resurgence of the Fairness Doctrine that didn’t have a chance anyway as political pandering. With that in mind, here’s the latest survey question.
U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) led a charge last week to prevent a revival of “The Fairness Doctrine,” largely an effort for balanced air time on the radio. The radio. That’s the old thing with “FM” and “AM” buttons. Liberals used to use it before they could get the latest episode of “This American Life” and “The Rachel Maddow Show” on podcast. What’s the next antiquated technology DeMint doesn’t want to share with Democrats?
A. The Commodore 64.
D. The VHS section at Blockbuster.