Tuesday, November 11, 2008


As Atrios says, there are very few people on the left who want to bring back the "Fairness Doctrine" and Barack Obama isn't one of them. It is fun, though, to watch the right wail and gnash their teeth over the idea it's coming back. For Steve Benen, it's the final straw that has made National Review's The Corner unworthy of his attention (though you have to wonder if Steve ignored the Cornerites' long slide toward Bedlam during the election).

I don't support the return of the Fairness Doctrine, especially now that cable offers many more viewing choices and satellite radio gives listeners the chance to hear whatever they want without limiting them by location. Also, I wouldn't want to bring back a so-called fairness policy because I believe right-wing radio has been detrimental to the right in the long-term. It's part and parcel of the stupidification of the right and working against it isn't really in the best interests of the Democrats.


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