Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Fair weather

Today on radio station WNYC, John Kerry came out as an enemy of the free market.

According to Mr. Kerry, it's the government's job to "balance" the media.

Seriously, I know somebody reading this agrees with him. Please, for the love of shits and giggles, tell me why.


Stanicek said...

I suppose you are trying to coax an argument out of JMac here but as a bona fide and self described liberal I can honestly say that no, I do not agree with John Kerry, Kucinich, Feinstein or anyone else who calls for a return of the Fairness Doctrine.

This is not the 1960s, 70s, or 80s - information and opinion is readily available to anyone that seeks it and if the Democrats aren't getting the message out effectively enough on mainstream outlets then maybe its the fault of the individuals who are delivering it and not the medium broadcasting it.

This may be the first and last time you ever hear this Josh but...I agree wholeheartedly with you.

Josh said...

No, I wasn't specifically going after JMac with my "somebody" comment. It seems as many liberals visit this site as conservatives, though, so I thought I'd cast a line for anybody.

And come on, Tim. We both agree on ... uh ... well, we both think your wife is cool. And beer. And,... OK, your wife and beer. That's a start, though.

alex(andra) said...

So, I went to an Atlanta Press Club event this afternoon featuring a panel of news anchors from each of the four network TV stations in Atlanta. One of the attendees asked for the panelists' opinions on whether the Fairness Doctrine might have some effect on TV, especially if loyal radio listeners start looking for a new medium. All four of them seemed to think it would have no effect on TV whatsoever, which I thought was interesting. What are your thoughts, Josh?

Josh said...

Of course it won't have an affect on TV. That's not a medium dominated by conservatives. This legislation, if written, will prove to be very one-sided.

jeffmcm said...

"That's not a medium dominated by conservatives."

This is a arguable point, but to stick to the main topic: I'm also a very solid liberal and I wouldn't favor attempts to pass legislation on this issue either. The flaw in your argument, though, is the belief that information should be considered a commodity like apples or washing machines. That's not the case. There are much better arguments to use in making the case against this kind of legislation, such as the idea that back when the fairness doctrine was around, that TV and radio stations simply avoided any discussion of delicate subjects in order to avoid having to deal with the doctrine at all; today's system, fractious though it be, is still preferable to one in which mindless entertainment is preferred over discourse.

alex(andra) said...

Maybe I just don't get it, which is entirely possible, but it seems really odd to me that anything that's supposed to "balance the media" won't even have the slightest ripple effect on TV.