Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member Latest Breaking News General Discussion The DU Lounge All Forums Issue Forums Culture Forums Alliance Forums Region Forums Support Forums Help & Search


(3,240 posts)
18. Yes and no
Mon Nov 27, 2023, 08:06 AM
Nov 2023

The Fairness Doctrine could have been made to apply to cable networks if it hadn't been done away with before cable became a much bigger thing. The Fairness Doctrine was merely a way of providing time, if wanted, for opposing view. That concept could have easily been extended to cable, which is merely another way of broadcasting which uses both physical wires and airwaves to achieve information transmission.

Social media already has a type of fairness doctrine built in because it goes both ways. Both sides can be represented as you can respond with a "like" or a comment. You can "tweet" back and have dialogue. Opposing views can be offered on the spot.

The Fairness Doctrine wasn't designed to stop guys like Limbaugh. It was designed to allow for opposing view to guys like Limbaugh. A broadcast outlet couldn't just be a total one-sided lie machine without the truth at least having a chance.

Immaterial to some. czarjak Nov 2023 #1
Add "Nixon" to the last paragraph..... lastlib Nov 2023 #2
Nixon most likely excluded because he created the EPA, which doesn't fit the social good only by Dems narrative. Freethinker65 Nov 2023 #3
I think it's a very true meme. Elessar Zappa Nov 2023 #4
It was suggested Nixon be added to the list, I was responding as to why, perhaps he was excluded. Freethinker65 Nov 2023 #5
Your point about Nixon creating the Environmental Protection Agency is well taken, but... sop Nov 2023 #6
Thanks for making my point! Comparing policies to policies (or people to people) is much more effective Freethinker65 Nov 2023 #7
I've asked this same question to conservatives I know & I've asked here as well ... aggiesal Nov 2023 #9
Today's GOP might support the Interstate Highway Act, but certainly not the other two. sop Nov 2023 #10
... ShazzieB Nov 2023 #17
IIRC Bush 2 was concerned about pandemics & added to & strengthened the pandemic programs that Bill Clinton started. CrispyQ Nov 2023 #11
Bush 2... druidity33 Nov 2023 #12
I knew that GW McIdiot had given money to countries in Africa ... aggiesal Nov 2023 #13
If Nixon were the worst thing ever to come outta the GOP ... Kennah Nov 2023 #15
Republicans are also responsible for getting rid of the Fairness Doctrine in broadcasting Ohioboy Nov 2023 #8
It wouldn't have made much difference once cable news took off. TwilightZone Nov 2023 #16
Yes and no Ohioboy Nov 2023 #18
"could have been made to apply to cable " TwilightZone Nov 2023 #21
I can see your point Ohioboy Nov 2023 #22
When you combine the end of the Fairness Doctrine and its ability to propagandize endlessly. . . PTL_Mancuso Nov 2023 #20
The country was liberal, as was congress, a lot tirebiter Nov 2023 #14
You're selling rethugs short redqueen Nov 2023 #19
Latest Discussions»General Discussion»If you put it that way, I...»Reply #18