Camille Paglia defends talk radio

Cross posted to The Political Class.

In response to a question labeling the Fairness Doctrine as modern day censorship, CP delivers the goods:

If there’s anything that demonstrates the straying of the Democratic Party leadership from basic liberal principles, it’s this blasted Fairness Doctrine — which should be fiercely opposed by all defenders of free speech. Except when national security is at risk, government should never be involved in the surveillance of speech or in measuring the ideological content of books, movies or radio and TV programs.

Broadcasters must adhere to reasonable FCC regulations restricting obscenity, but despite the outlandish claims of Democrats like Sen. Charles Schumer, there is no analogy whatever between pornography and political opinion. Nor do privately owned radio stations have any obligation to be politically “balanced.” They are commercial enterprises that follow the market and directly respond to audience demand. The Fairness Doctrine is bullying Big Brother tyranny, full of contempt for the very public it pretends to protect.

While there are many milestones which may or may not portend the death of the republic, if we still have a republic, a re-institution of the Fairness Doctrine would certainly be a signal event. Perhaps it is the sum of many other smaller milestones that makes the contemplation of such even possible (and I include consideration of alternative strategies such as “localism” – anything which is quite obviously designed by the left to silence the right on AM radio). Should this effort go beyond simple liberal longing to actual serious legislation, it would be a shocking affront to the principles of liberty and the protection of speech (political or otherwise) that should make any American of any political strip cringe. Shocking in one sense, neither the left nor the right will be under any illusions as to the true goal – silence the conservatives.

I fear such legislation, in part. In part, I welcome it – Washington, D.C. would see a true million man, woman, and child march that might wake up the denizens there and remind them who is really in charge (torches and pitchforks optional).

I’ll see you there!

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Cross posted to The Political Class.