With a Democrat headed for the White House, conservative talk radio should have plenty of real issues to fret over. So why are the Limbaughs and Savages screeching about a phantom threat – the return of the Fairness Doctrine? Democrats such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Dianne Feinstein have expressed some nostalgia for the federal regulation, which from 1949 until 1987 attempted to mandate ideological balance on controversial issues on radio and television stations that use public airways. But “there’s no one in a position of authority pressing to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine,” said Andrew Schwartzman of the Media Access Project. “It is much lower priority than dealing with consolidation of the media, network neutrality . . . and dealing with the digital television transition.” Besides, in today’s multimedia free-for-all, who really believes that a Fairness Doctrine is enforceable, even if it were desirable?
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