According to a new Rasmussen poll:
Nearly half of Americans (47%) believe the government should require all radio and television stations to offer equal amounts of conservative and liberal political commentary.
This is referring to what Democrats like to call the Fairness Doctrine. Because conservative talk radio dominates the marketplace, they think government should step in and require stations to provide equal air time to liberal shows.
Did I miss something? We still live in America, where the Constitution still applies, right? There’s this one little part in the Bill of Rights (I like to call it the First Amendment) that says:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
I’m no legal scholar, but it seems as if a law requiring a balanced viewpoint would violate freedom of speech.
Liberals whine about the fact that no liberal talk radio shows do very well. They blame biased station managers, etc. But here’s the thing. Liberals have tried talk radio. Air America comes to mind. They filed for bankruptcy a couple of years ago. Apparently, no one cared. If there were a market for it, if the right personalities were doing it, it would have worked. But it didn’t. Rush, on the other hand, continues to rake in the cash — $400 million worth. Yeah, he’s a conservative, but he’s mainly an entertainer. A very good one.
We don’t need a Fairness Doctrine. We have something called a free market that works just fine.