Barack Obama, Corporate Whore, Part 2

Obama kills the Fairness Doctrine. The ultra rightwing Republican Congressmen ordered him to, so Obama followed the orders of his Republican masters. Or really his corporate masters.

Now granted the doctrine is controversial, but these are the public airwaves that we are talking about here. The public airwaves. The corporate media scum lease those airwaves from us, the people. We own them. I own them. They’re my airwaves. They belong to you, me and the rest of us. They do not belong to the corporate worms. They are leased to the corporate maggots by you, me and the rest of us. We allow them to use our airwaves, for a fee which is way to small to tell the truth.

The Fairness Doctrine has not been enforced since 1987, when the reactionary Ronald Reagan deemed it unnecessary. I’m not really sure how useful it was. But it is said that from 1949-1987, it served the interests of the US public well, particularly on radio.

Why was the Fairness Doctrine put in in 1949? As an anti-Nazi measure, so that the US airwaves could never be used by one ideology as the Nazis used German waves as the vehicle for a single ideology. So an act that was put in to stop the Far Right in the US has now been defeated by the Far Right in the US, led by one of their leaders, Republican Barack Obama.

The killing of the Fairness Doctrine was strike 1.

Strike 2 was by Republican Bill Clinton, who passed the Telecommunications Act of 1996. It passed with votes from almost 100% of Congress, including almost all Democrats and even so-called liberals. The Democrats and liberals apparently voted for it due to campaign contributions. This corporate bill was passed in order to increase competition and lower prices in the media. Of course it did neither.

If there’s one thing corporations hate, it’s competition. Who is competition good for? Consumers! It is very common that pro-corporate agendas in government are pushed on the grounds that they will be good for competition. If a corporate whore (politician) pushes something on grounds that it will be good for competition, you can bet that it won’t be.

The TA Act of 1996 ruined competition in the US. It involved loosening almost all regulations governing how many stations a media conglomerate can own, and it gave away $30 billion worth of the public airwaves to the corporate dogs for seemingly pennies. It’s ultimate result was nearly unfettered control over US airwaves by a tiny handful of extremely rightwing corporate media companies.

So it is that all or nearly all of US TV news is owned by a few rightwing corporate outlets. And nearly all political radio is owned by a tiny few outlets – the plague of rightwing talk radio which far outdistances even Fox News in terms of listeners.

As far as the Fairness Doctrine, I am not sure what to do about it. I think that since 21% of Americans are liberals, 21% of TV news and radio news stations should be leased out to leftwing news outlets for whatever they can afford. There would be a problem in getting enough advertising, but we could at least see how it works. Some of these could even be community run TV and radio news outlets.

There are so many leftwing blogs out there covering news that it should be easy to run leftwing TV and radio stations. In fact, there are many Internet TV (more like video) and radio stations broadcasting right now, and a number of them are leftwing.

30% of media licenses would go to moderates. I guess that’s like CNBC. The rightwing dogs can have 42% of outlets, since that’s how many Americans are rightwing dogs.

Sound fair? Why not?

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  1. Liberals are barking up the wrong tree with the fairness doctrine. Liberal radio has never been as successful as conservative radio. I’m not sure why, but that’s the case. I think the fairness doctrine is just a form of affirmative action for liberals. The solution is create compelling liberal radio stations. Pacifica seems to have held it’s own all these years. But most of them are a flop.

    1. How about if you explain to me why it’s fair that hard rightwing radio and TV accounts for basically 98% of the radio and TV stations out there? What’s so fair about that? Are hard rightwingers 98% of the population? No? Then why should they be 98% of the media outlets?

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