Usually, when I’m looking for proof of American stupidity, I try to find something cultural: Britney Spears, American Idol, and some of the requests I get as a church musician are all quite helpful in this regard. Today, however, there is a poll which says that 47% of Americans favor the fairness doctrine, which would require political commentators on radio and television (and some worry about the internets, too) to allow equal time for the opposing viewpoint.
Where can one begin with this? Perhaps so many Americans favor this so that they can be lazier in what they use for sources of news. Maybe they want to stick it to commentators they don’t like, whether it be Rush Limbaugh or Keith Olbermann. Honestly, I’ve listened to both of these guys at times, and both shows would be utterly ruined by this stupid law which may well be proposed in the next congress.
Whatever the case is, if one were to be required to say x after he said y, this can be nothing short of a violation of the first amendment. What would Edward R. Murrow do?
Finally, for those of you who don’t care about this (similarly to not caring about the diluting of other civil liberties) I would remind you that when one man’s rights are circumscribed, so are everyone else’s.