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"Fair and balanced" FOX fears Fairness Doctrine

Reported by Chrish - June 28, 2007 -

John Gibson got one thing right in his My Word segment tonight 6/27/07 :

"When you can't win the debate, make certain there is no debate."
Put in context, though, he had it all backwards.
Video added 6/29.

Gibson, like all the other scared "conservative" hate-jocks, was ranting about the specter of the return of the Fairness Doctrine or something like it, that would require broadcast news and opinion programming to be fair and balanced. Of course "fair and balanced" FOX couldn't have come about until after the Fairness Doctrine was dismantled.

Gibson asserted that the rest of the media, outside talk radio, is liberal (myth) and said the new Fairness Doctrine would include entertainment television, cable entertainment, and theatrical movies: "Virtually every movie would be subject to the Fairness Doctrine." Nonsense. He's just trying to rally the lazy against any legislation that would change the status quo, which favors the right and the mega-corporations that own massive media markets.

The best line in the essay may be "This argument ignores the fact that something like 20 million people a week listen to NPR, which is the very definition of liberal." Hmm, informative, civil, intellectual, fair, balanced - and Gibson and the rest of the right pride themselves on hating that?

He further mischaracterized the goals:

"This is an attempt to take over the airwaves with liberal thought and make sure nothing else gets on. It's already a huge imbalance in favor of liberal thought on the airwaves, and the effort now is to make certain that echo chamber of so-called progressives is undisturbed by any irritating arguments from the right, or debates liberals can't win."

How ridiculous! If it's already loaded to the left, why would liberals waant to even it out, and why are "conservatives" fighting it so vociferously? Gibson makes no sense, but he's not alone.