Grant Swank
The unfairness of the 'Fairness Doctrine'
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By Grant Swank
November 10, 2008

The so-called Fairness Doctrine is not at all fair.

Its bottom line is to mug conservative broadcasters. The Doctrine says that for every conservative caster there has to be a liberal caster.

Liberals are not popular in their broadcasting as has been proven in the past.

Conservative voices are the rage.

With a Dem President and Dem-controlled Congress the Fairness Doctrine will be law. Conservatives' opinions will be blown to the wind as the Republic as we know it now would be completely turned inside out. Exit Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh, for instance.

ATI-News/Zogby shows that undecided voters are against the Doctrine: 50 percent against the Doctrine to 17 percent for.

The poll surveyed 1,203 likely voters nationwide and was conducted October 23-26. It has a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points.

"Originally instituted in 1949 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Fairness Doctrine was soon recognized as a tool for silencing any opposing views — particularly conservative views.

"The FCC repealed the Fairness Doctrine in 1987 admitting the doctrine 'had the net effect of reducing rather than enhancing the discussion of controversial issues of public importance.'"

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Grant Swank

Joseph Grant Swank, Jr., is a pastor at New Hope Church in Windham, Maine... (more)

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