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  •  Repeal of the Fairness Doctrine is what happened. (19+ / 0-)

    A large percentage of the rural population gets most or all of their news from radio.

    This was true 30 years ago. It's still true today.

    When I see progressives (and I see this argument repeatedly) say "oh they can just go on the internet or cable", it's a real face-palm. No, they won't just do that. It's not how things are, and it won't be that way for decades to come.

    Allowing repeal of the Fairness doctrine abandoned rural America to the conservative insanity mill.

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    by nosleep4u on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 12:27:38 PM PST

    •  No, it was the decision to grant citizenship (3+ / 0-)

      to Rupert Murdock. The Fairness Doctrine was predicated on television as a broadcast medium, and its demise has more to do with technological change than political change...it never applied to cable/sattelite channels. Allowing Murdock to buy instant citizenship at a crucial time made it possible for him to amass an American media empire of which Fox News is the ultimate expression.

      "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

      by Alice in Florida on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 12:59:19 PM PST

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    •  And even if some wanted more access (1+ / 0-)
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      via cable or internet, there are still rural areas where options are limited.  Places too far out in the country for high-speed internet so folks depend on dial-up (and give up in frustration!) and much of cable tv seems to be more expensive out in the country, too.  Not everywhere, of course, but possibly enough to have some effect.

      The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

      by scarlet slipper on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 06:14:47 PM PST

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    •  Fairness Doctrine secondary effect too (1+ / 0-)
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      Yes - repeal of the fairness doctrine made a lot of this possible (especially Limbaugh, who is over-the-air).
      But the secondary effect is important, too.  That is, people who grew up "trusting" what they hear on TV and radio. The Fairness Doctrine basically ensured that people expected that what they hear or see on the media of a political nature is true -- (They wouldn't let them say that about the Democrats/Republicans if it werent' true).  
      Bias, sure....but making stuff up....these folks still have the default presumption that you can't do that.  So Fox and Limbaugh can make stuff up, and enjoy the presumption of respectability.....which was the legacy of the (long-gone) Fairness Doctrine.

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