No not a "free" press vis-a-vis free of influence. On the contrary have at all the influence that the market will bear.
It's the freedom to have alternate sources of news and opinion to the extent that the market will support.
I lived through the "Fairness Doctrine." The market for modern talk radio was there as has been proved since President Reagan did away with the "Fairness Doctrine" in 1987. We couldn't have it because station owners feared losing their licenses.
All that's lacking -- and the thing that will help the MSM the most -- is for them to just admit that they are as biased for the left as the new media are biased for the right.
Returning to those days is what I am talking about.
posted on 08/25/2008 3:54:30 PM PDT
(If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
[The market for modern talk radio was there as has been proved since President Reagan did away with the "Fairness Doctrine" in 1987.]
The talk radio market was there before 1987. I used to listen to Allen Berg in Denver before The Order murdered him in his driveway. Saw the evidence bag containing his blood-stained leather jacket with my own eyes.
Berg was always controversial - yet he was on the air, until silenced by bullets fired from an inarticulate coward's machine gun.
I never considered him to be either liberal or conservative - left or right. To me he was just an individual, an American - and I admired his articulate tenacity, regardless of whether I agreed with him or not.
posted on 08/25/2008 4:22:56 PM PDT
(A bird flies because the right wing opposes the left.)
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