Sunday, June 24, 2007

Fairness v. Bias

From WorldNetDaily:

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is "looking at" bringing back the Fairness Doctrine, a controversial policy designed to ensure equal time for all political viewpoints on radio, but criticized by many as resulting in the opposite result.

Peeved by conservative proliferation in talk radio forums, she's hoping to try and rein in the archconservatives rockin' on the mic:

"Well, I'm looking at it, as a matter of fact... because I think there ought to be an opportunity to present the other side. And unfortunately, talk radio is overwhelmingly one way."

Oh, so shall we then apply the same scrutiny to PBS and NPR? Hell no, the senator says:

"The Corporation for Public Broadcasting exists – to ensure independence and freedom from political influence. Its mission is to protect public broadcasting from political persuasions of either side."

So if the CPB is free from bias, then why excoriate those who would verify the claim to impartiality? Feinstein was one of several Democrats to howl for the resignation of Ken Tomlinson, CEO of the CPB, as he dared to study bias in the broadcasts of PBS and NPR.

But for all her support of 'Fairness', the senator admits that it's all in the eye of the beholder:

" We all know that what is needed to create balance is subjective. "

And her unspoken ultimatum: Those in power decide what the balance is.

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