Bill Clinton Talks of Re-Imposing Fairness Doctrine or At Least "More Balance" in Media
Says "blatant drumbeat" against stimulus on right wing radio doesn't reflect reality
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 2/13/2009 10:23:26 AM
High-profile Democrats continue to stir the pot on the issue of re-imposing the fairness doctrine.
The latest was former President Bill Clinton, who said on The Mario Solis Marich radio show that something needed to be done to balance broadcasting.
Marich said progressive shows like his were being outgunned and asked whether it was time for some enforced media accountability.
"Well, you either ought to have the fairness doctrine or you ought to have more balance on the other side," Clinton said, "because essentially there has always been a lot of big money to support the right wing talk shows."
Clinton cited the "blatant drumbeat" against the stimulus program from conservative talk radio, saying it doesn't reflect economic reality.
"I think we need to have either more balance in the programs or some opportunity for people to offer counter-veiling opinions." He said he had not been in favor of getting rid of the fairness doctrine, which the FCC did back in 1987.
The doctrine required broadcasters to seek out opposing viewpoints on issues of public importance. The FCC scrapped it, concluding it was an unconstitutional infringement on speech.
Separately, FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, in an interview with CNSNews.com, said he does not support reviving the doctrine, which he said would be Congress' call anyway. But, according to a transcript of the interview, he did say that government had a role in enforcing media diversity.
The FCC could restore the doctrine without Congress' help, since it was the FCC, on its own authority, that dropped the doctrine after it was held to be an FCC rule rather than something set in statute.
As a liberal, I am opposed to the "Fairness Doctrine". If I do not like what I hear and see in the medis, I just change the channel. I am open minded enough to change my positions based upon what I explore from a diverse media presentation. We do not need censorship. I still think that Rush Limpball is a big, fat idiot. However, on this issue I agree with his general position.
Larry Linn - 2/13/2009 8:18:56 AM EST
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