1/31/2007

Fairness Doctrine: Dennis Kucinich On Hannity & Colmes

Hot Air has video of Dennis Kucinich on Hannity & Colmes stumping for a reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine. What's shocking about this video is that Alan Colmes appears as the voice of reason.

Forget the ideological argument over the Fairness Doctrine for a moment. In response to Kucinich's argument that we need to give a voice to other viewpoints, Colmes made the brilliant point that under the Fairness Doctrine in the 80s, radio stations had to deal with so much bureaucratic red tape to convince the government they were in compliance that after a while they would just give up and stay clear of controversial viewpoints, or change to a music format. The Fairness Doctrine not only silences conservative voices, it can silence liberal voices as well.

Also, Kucinich's example that people believed Iraq had something to do with 9/11 because of a lack of opposing viewpoints in the media is just plain stupid. First, the claim was never made by the Bush Administration. Second, Saddam Hussein harbored terrorists for years. And Third, what the hell is he talking about?! The Left has been screaming all over the media about Iraq not being a part of 9/11 since the war started!

Bottom line, Kucinich has the twisted belief that if we could just flood the airwaves with the liberal point of view that everyone in America will "smarten up" and think like him. Idiot.