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  • Remember the "Fairness Doctrine"?

    A refresher - it is a concept where broadcast television and radio would be required by the federal government to provide equal time to opposing viewpoints.

    Remember how much republicans and conservatives HATED it?

    In last night's presidential tweetstorm, Trump proposed exactly that, forced equal time for pro-Trump content on the news and most importantly, late night comedy shows.

  • #2
    Wonder if that means he's for forced equal time for libs on the radio?

    Nah I'm sure Davo will be along to explain why that would be wrong, likely somehow because Kasich didn't get the nomination.


    • #3
      I'm all for it. Trying to find the good in Trump's administration would really sharpen those writer's skills leading to better written shows, which leads to higher ratings, which leads to more jobs, which inevitably leads to MAGA!


      • #4
        Not a fan of the fairness doctrine. But leave it to Trump to believe it's all one sided. I really don't think he'd want to go down the road of adding up all the hours of liberal vs conservative opinion on broadcast TV and radio.

        of course, him tweeting this stuff will just inspire these guys to attack him even more.

        But maybe he knows that and picks these fights on purpose. Most. Divisive. President. Evah.


        • #5
          Fox 'News' would never be able to pull it off.
          The emperor marched in the procession under the beautiful canopy, and all who saw him in the street and out of the windows exclaimed: Indeed, the emperor's new suit is incomparable! What a long train he has! How well it fits him! Nobody wished to let others know he saw nothing, for then he would have been unfit for his office or too stupid. Never an emperor's clothes were more admired.


          • #6
            Government should not EVER attempt to control or limit media content, regardless of how positive the motive may appear to be.

            Freedom of speech.
            Freedom of the press.

            These should never be up for debate.
            "The historical experience of socialist countries has sadly demonstrated that collectivism does not do away with alienation but rather increases it, adding to it a lack of basic necessities and economic inefficiency." ------------------ Pope John Paul II


            • #7
              Originally posted by Komandi View Post
              Fox 'News' would never be able to pull it off.
              I don't know that the government could have any control over Fox even if they wanted to.

              IIRC, the entire premise of the original Fairness Doctrine was based on the idea that broadcast stations be "fair" in exchange for their use of public airwaves.


              • #8
                Yep - doesn't effect cable


                • #9
                  And let me guess....Trump's call for "fairness" wouldn't apply to him. Unless he is required to call Fox "fake news" just as often as he does CNN or praise Rachel Maddow as much as he does Sean Hannity then he really should STFU.

                  He likes having the bully pulpit (emphasis on bully, in his case) but cries like a baby whenever the tables are turned on him.


                  • #10
                    The fairness doctrine is very much misunderstood.

                    It never required equal time. It was a requirement that broadcast networks, in exchange for access to the public airwaves, present controversial issues in an equitable manner, with wide latitude given to how this would've accomplished.


                    Note that it did not infringe on the first amendment as it did not limit free speech.

                    Access to public airwaves is not guaranteed in the Constitution.


                    • #11
                      Trump doesn't want fairness he wants airtime.

                      Is This Thing On?



                      • SteinbergerHack
                        SteinbergerHack commented
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                        This. It is the one and only thing he is good at.

                    • #12
                      Since Trump somehow demands equal treatment from 'comedians', I'd love to see what would pass for pro-Trump humour.

                      Probably a lot of creative name-calling against political enemies, other 'nasty' individuals, lots of humorous racist memes.

                      Seriously, is anybody doing pro-Trump comedy?


                      • slodge
                        slodge commented
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                        Not intentionally.

                    • #13
                      Just another on the growing list of Trump's desire to eliminate the 1st. That scares me more than anything. If it goes away, kiss every right we have buh bye.


                      • #14
                        Uh, in tRump's little narcissistic head, he believes rational people have a desire to hear his lame rebuttals. Also, he is a sitting president, and can get unlimited air time on Fox anytime he wants it.
                        Everybody is terminally ill.


                        • #15
                          Originally posted by capitalist View Post
                          Uh, in tRump's little narcissistic head, he believes rational people have a desire to hear his lame rebuttals. Also, he is a sitting president, and can get unlimited air time on Fox anytime he wants it.
                          He would get unlimited airtime with any network. Any reporter in the country would love to be granted an interview with him.

                          But chickensh*t Trump gives no interviews for months and then when he does gives one to Mike Huckabee on the Trinity Broadcast Network.

                          Has there ever been a bigger pussy in the Oval Office?
                          Last edited by guido61; 10-08-2017, 01:11 PM.