“If we as a nation…fully funded a broadcaster like the British citizens fund BBC, we might have an impact on what they cover and have more power to demand that they cover everything,”
(The Wall Street Journal)
Oh, but you already have a fully funded government run broadcaster. It’s called National Public Radio (NPR). You also have Public Broadcast Service (PBS) on Television. All totally funded by taxpayer dollars. All programming determined by people who think you deserve the material content of their choosing. The content of the programming predetermined by a handful of people. You do not have any say in the content, not ratings, no approval or disapproval.
All Determined By A Handful Of Government Bureaucrats
So what’s the problem? Some say, there’s not enough viewership, some say there’s not enough “Fair Content”. Lets explore what “Fair Content” is defined as shall we. Some call it the Fairness Doctrine. A law that goes back to the Communications Act of 1937 when then President Franklin Delano Roosevelt felt it necessary to required stations to offer “equal opportunity” to all legally qualified political candidates for any office if they had allowed any person running in that office to use the station.
In 1949, The FCC took the view that station licensees were “public trustees,” and as such had an obligation to afford reasonable opportunity for discussion of contrasting points of view on controversial issues of public importance. The Commission later held that stations were also obligated to actively seek out issues of importance to their community and air programming that addressed those issues.
In the 1980’s, Ronald Reagen dissolved what was then called the Fairness Doctrine. Since then, the rise of such radio personalities like Rush Limbaugh have grown enormous audiences on the AM Radio Band. Why is that? The Free Market took over. Sure, Liberals launched “Air America“, a anti-conservative media wannabe to compete against conservative talk radio, but it failed. It failed miserably. Why?
Could it be that “Air America’s” message is not what people want to listen to? Could it be the message that “Air America” delivered was not what the Air Waves wanted to hear? The Air Waves being the target audience. Who is tuning in to Air America’s message. Some liberals claim, “we already have NPR, why do I need to change the dial and tune into Air America?”.
Good point, but why does Conservative talks radio continue to dominating the AM Dial ratings with more and more radio personalities and audiences? Why are there so many Conservative Talk Radio Pundits with large audiences? Different Media, different medium. Talk Radio is all about listening and learning. Television is all about watching and being entertained. I’ll leave you to decipher why they continue to call the television the “Boob Tube”.
Here in Hawai’i, the print media still struggles to stay mainstream. I get the Hilo Tribune-Herald every morning, and the first thing I do is turn to the Editorial page to read what people here are thinking.
I Love To Hear What People Are Thinking
Just don’t be offended by my short attention span
(Hat Tip iOTW)
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