I saw this over the weekend, too and internally grumbled, but forgot to post on it. Big surprise! Dennis Kucinich likes the "Fairness" Doctrine (more background here) for the following reasons according to Captain Ed:
The Democrats don't want free speech. They don't even care about civil liberties--when they are the ones taking them away. They want everyone to speak their language and express their views--the correct view.
Why would Kucinich want to reimpose the Fairness Doctrine and kill off the AM band and talk radio? Because his allies have proven less successful than conservatives at building a market for their broadcasts. Rush Limbaugh, Hugh Hewitt, and a slew of conservative thinkers carved out an industry out of the AM wilderness, and the Al Frankens and Wendy Wildes can't keep up without government intervention. Air America would lose as well in this scenario, but I'm sure Kucinich sees that as a fair trade, and for good reason.
Democrats aren't wasting much time in rolling back free speech now that they have the majority. Putting Kucinich in charge of domestic policy reform was no mistake on their part. They want to kill talk radio, and if they manage to hold their majority and win the White House in 2008, they just might do it.
Remember, these are the people who call Talk Radio "hate radio". Here is the logic: If you disagree with, you hate and are stupid. If you agree you are smart and filled with love. We need more love. We need more of my opinion. Forget free speech. We need correct speech.
This from a "fair media" type--an editorial by a retired teacher:
Rep. Louise Slaughter, chair of the House Rules Committee, is introducing The Media Act, a new fairness doctrine. It will be interesting - and important - to see what happens to this idea. This is not a minor issue. How can Americans make good decisions if they don't have the information they need - from all sides? As Janine Jackson of Fairness and Accuracy in the Media says, "Bad media hurts people." We might add, fair media helps us all and is good for our democracy.
I have a questions for you, Mr. Jack Burgess: what evidence indicates that Americans don't get the information they need "from all sides"? In fact, if that is your true intention, perhaps you'd like to turn your attention to the slanted, incomplete, some would say unfair information about the Iraq war coming from major media.