The Fairness Doctrine won`t be the issue. Too many people who don`t pay
much attention to politics already understand that censorship is a bad
thing. They don`t know why, but they know it`s bad.
Instead, as Dick Durbin, the embarrassing senator from Illinois pointed
out today, there`s a much better way. By "better," we can read
"sneaky." It`s the diversity of ownership body of law already on the
The way it works is that the government uses the court system to demand two things:
- There must be no obstacle standing in the way of broadcast media ownership to all people, including minority groups,
- Content must originate in some percentage from local providers.
When you examine the way this "could be" interpreted, and the way it
for sure will be interpreted, we end up with a back-door into
censorship. (Note too, that removing ownership obstacles is exactly what the government demanded with home mortgages and Fannie Mae.)
The way it would work would be that large conglomerate owners would be
forced to break up their holdings. All in the name of diversity.
Then, the national syndicated programs would be combined into a
percentage of air-time. Right now, on WLS-AM out of Chicago, the
majority of the air-time is devoted to Limbaugh, Hannity, and Levine.
The percentage of time is whatever it is.
The diversity laws would demand that local content make up the bulk of
the content, meaning that WLS would have to choose what syndicated
programming they would be allowed to air.
Since this is much more complicated to understand than the 1-word
"Censorship" slogan, few people will have the ability to comprehend the
end results. As such, this route is a much better way to remove
syndicated talk-shows from the airwaves, all under the fairness of
I would suspect that if this were to happen, then satellite radio would
recover from the brink of bankruptcy, for paid subscribers.
Additionally, new Internet Radio capabilities would emerge, probably
focused around podcasting.
My supposition would be that anyone could subscribe to a free
podcasting system, which would include commercial advertising. As it is
now, most podcasts are only the program content. But by including
commercial advertising, it would pay for the podcasts, and allow for
the distribution of the program content.
I think we`re about to see conservative ideology go "underground" for
real. People like Limbaugh and Levine have been semi-kidding about it
being forced into the underground movement status. I think it`s coming,
The key to the overthrow and control of a country is to control the
flow of information. Historically, this has been fairly easy to
accomplish. But in today`s world, with Internet and satellite
technology, it`s almost impossible. The policies of the liberals are
out-of-date already, and their techniques for control are also out of
The main result of all this will make it inconvenient for most people to live their lives. But not impossible.