FCC Commissioner: Return of Fairness Doctrine Could Control Web Content

Better not!

There’s a huge concern among conservative talk radio hosts that reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine would all-but destroy the industry due to equal time constraints. But speech limits might not stop at radio. They could even be extended to include the Internet and “government dictating content policy.”

FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell raised that as a possibility after talking with bloggers at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. McDowell spoke about a recent FCC vote to bar Comcast from engaging in certain Internet practices – expanding the federal agency’s oversight of Internet networks.

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And they wonder why the Democratic Congress ratings are the lowest in over 200 years.

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Serious Response: Anybody want a First Amendment? We're apparently not using it anymore.

Comedy Response: How would this affect a Joel vs. Mike debate?

First, the Democrats rating in Congress in so low because they don't have the balls to impeach the war criminals. And they tend to cave in on things like warrantless wiretapping, due to the conservative "Blue Dogs" in the South. That's why their rating is lower among Democrats than Republicans.

Second, I like how this McDowell warns us---that even tough the Fairness Doctrine is not being seriously considered, we still better beware, even though it may be called something else and do something entirely different.

But the kicker is when he claims if we enforce net neutrality, it would provide equal time to bloggers. That's what we have now! Not enforcing net neutrality would allow the corporate media (like Comcast) to silence voices they don't agree with.

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Whenever there's been criticism of the "morally questionable" content on television, for example, haven't we always heard "if you don't like what you see (or hear), then turn the channel or turn it off"? What's the difference here?

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