Again, Mr. Jay Mundy points us to some more interesting numbers on today’s mainstream media.
Rasmussen Reports states that based on the results of a recent series of polls the Associated Press, local news stations, CNBC, and MSNBC are all seen as having a liberal bias by their viewers. They also state that based on some earlier reports NPR and CNN also lean to the left. Fox News jumps far to the right in political bias. The article also reports: public opinion was such a major force in the immigration debate that now interest on Capitol Hill has peaked in reviving the Fairness Doctrine.
I think that a lot of us realize that such media does present some information with a political bias. But as it is, this could be a lot more valuable than inducing the Fairness Doctrine on the nation’s media. "The Fairness Doctrine was a United States FCC regulation requiring broadcast licensees to present controversial issues of public importance in an honest, equitable and balanced manner", in essence restricting our freedom of the press. The regulations were brought up in federal court as a violation of our First Amendment rights in 1969.
As with the economy and business, healthy competition has the ability to bring up new and innovative information. If that competition within media were to be locked, a result of the Fairness Doctrine, the potential for discovering new information in politics and media would be seriously hampered. I am a big proponent of protecting and preserving our Constitutional Rights and would not like to see these regulations enacted on our public communications. We have a right to know anything and everything about how this nation is being governed and used. I do realize that there may be some restrictions of information in order to protect us from our enemies which in SOME cases, not all, is appropriate.
More to come on this topic. Off to work. Cheers!