Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Why We Need The Fairness Doctrine

by Claude Chaney

Fox News only illustrates the need for the reinstatement of the fairness doctrine, which at one time guaranteed both sides of an issue being presented to the country. The Fairness Doctrine was abolished by Ronald Reagan and ever since with have had to deal with a plethora of half truths and deliberate misinformation by right wingers (the birthers, the swiftboaters, the smearing of ACORN, the death panels, the totally false representation of former US agriculture official Shirley Sherrod as a racist, etc.). In each case the propagation of these LIES took place on Fox television. Every LIE was proven false, yet each rose to a national audience because of Fox. As I am sure you have heard on countless occasions when dealing with the right, being right isn't enough. These people must be dealt with in a language they can understand. The time has come to take of the gloves because the biggest casualty here is "the truth". The United States has slipped from being #1 in the world in education to being #27. Conservatives (particularly religious conservatives) have been very successful in the manipulation of news distribution. Fox just gave one million dollars to the Republican Governors Conference yet it still claims to be "fair and balanced" This creates a huge misrepresentation to the US public. Fox is NOT a news organization, it is a Republican Political Action organization.