Monday, June 15, 2009

Bring Back the Fairness Doctrine

Was it too much to hope that the right wing noise machine would shut down .. or at least quiet a little .. once the people had spoken and elected Barack Obama? (Not by a little, but by a lot, and with a Congress and a mandate to Do Something, Dammit. But more on that later.)

Apparently it was. Fox News and its right wing nut cases have been working overtime to undermine the new administration, the losing and totally out of touch GOP has become comical in its overreaching drive to block any and all progress, and Big Fat Idiot (AKA Rush Limbaugh) is spewing more hate and black-is-white illogic than ever.

Not coincidentally, we've had an upswing in bigoted and/or religious nut case violence, egged on by Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck, and Rush.

However, my guess is these guys aren't as stupid as they sound, and they understand they're in the entertainment business. If only their listeners did .. but if they were smart enough to realize that, they wouldn't be listening, would they?

Anyway, enough is enough. Hate speech is not free speech, and unchecked continuous scare drivel is mean and irresponsible. It may be a coincidence that Limbaugh's program showed up the year after Reagan repealed the Fairness Doctrine, and I don't expect him to crawl back into his hole if we get it back (I can hope, though).

But really, if there was 1/10th the oversight of right wing nut media as of Janet Jackson's boob, we'd all be a lot happier, and probably a lot less riled up.


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