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  •  The Fairness Doctrine (4+ / 0-)
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    meagert, VClib, exlrrp, MadRuth

    would not affect Fox. It is a CABLE channel. And neither would be an easy slog in Congress.
    A Fairness Doctrine would affect the terrestrial TV and radio spectrum ONLY.
    I will also pass on the Government Ministry of Information Control, thanks very much.

    "Everything I do is blown out of proportion. It really hurts my feelings." - Paris Hilton

    by kestrel9000 on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 11:35:59 AM PST

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    •  Idisagree (1+ / 0-)
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      the FCC can extend it to cable.

      •  No, actually (1+ / 0-)
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        some other george

        they can't.

        "Everything I do is blown out of proportion. It really hurts my feelings." - Paris Hilton

        by kestrel9000 on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 12:15:37 PM PST

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        •  You are right, FCC has no jurisdiction (1+ / 0-)
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          The FCC only controls the broadcast airspace, because that is seen as a public resource which is owned by us all, licensed (not sold) and regulated for the common benefit. The FCC has no jurisdiction over non-broadcast media, such as cable, which does not license or use the public broadcast spectrum.

          But non-broadcast media is by far the majority these days. So reinstating the Fairness Doctrine would have little effect on the actual content that most people see and hear.

          Yes, it would have something more of an effect on right wing radio. But as the Flush Rush diaries have documented here, right wing radio is beginning to collapse of its own weight anyway. So, while that's arguably the place it's needed most, in the long term it's not really needed there either.

          So you are right, and reinstating the Fairness Doctrine is kind of a red herring.

        •  I've (0+ / 0-)

          produced a detailed review of the history of the Fairness Doctrine in this post, perhaps you might have something to back up your opinion?

      •  niccolo - most think the FCC can't (0+ / 0-)

        because cable uses no public airwaves. I have heard plausible arguments how the FCC might, but it is clearly a legal stretch and if the agency wanted to have a new FD my guess is that they would restrict it to AM, FM, and broadcast TV. I don't think a new FD would survive this SCOTUS. Times have changed and over-the-air broadcast media has very significant competition for the eyes and ears of Americans. There are no influential groups in the Congress or WH who are pushing for a new FD. I was in the broadcasingt business during the Fairness Doctrine and hope it never returns. It had a chilling impact on political speech while it was in place.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 01:11:43 PM PST

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