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Worries about (horrors!) the "fairness doctrine" from the "fair and balanced" network

Reported by Chrish - November 24, 2008 -

Bill O'Reilly was falling back on familiar old talking points in his memo of Thursday night, 11/20/08, warning viewers that the Democratically-controlled Congress might revitalize the Fairness Doctrine in an effort to shut down hate talk radio. He offered some false generalizations as "proof" and ran video of FOX reporter Cliff Jenkins questioning several members of Congress.

O'Reilly, "independent," all about the "fair and balanced," is concerned that the government will insist that every hour of conservative ranting over public airwaves be countered (balanced) by an equal timeslot for liberals to vent. To a clear-thinking person, this might sound like O'Reilly wants right-wing conservativism to be the sole perspective offered on the public airwaves. He contends that

" A good case can be made there are more liberal voices in the media than conservative voices. The newspaper industry is certainly left. So is the Internet. NBC News almost completely liberal. So is PBS. So is NPR."

and suggests that
"If Congress really wants to help the folks, it will pass the "Honesty Doctrine."

By all means, let them. Overturn the ruling that gives the media the legal right to lie to viewers, readers, and listeners, and punish the propagators of such untruths as "Obama is a secret Muslim;" Obama attended a madrassa; Obama is going to raise your taxes. Kick the liars off the air!

Of course, Bill O'Reilly being concerned about truthfulness is like Neil Cavuto being concerned about sexism - it's a ruse, a form of projection. O'Reilly is just doing his job and bashing Democrats.