Regulation of the air-waves
I just saw the results of a Rasmussen survey asking people's opinions on government regulation of the airwaves. This is scary:
Nearly half of Americans (47%) believe the government should require all radio and television stations to offer equal amounts of conservative and liberal political commentary, but they draw the line at imposing that same requirement on the Internet. Thirty-nine percent (39%) say leave radio and TV alone, too.
All the while, these same people believe that the free market makes sure just about any view can (and does) get heard:
At the same time, 71% say it is already possible for just about any political view to be heard in today's media, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Twenty percent (20%) do not agree.
So they think most views are being heard, they just want "their" views heard more often? Or maybe it's this politically correct cult of "fairness" we've been slowly-but-surely sinking into in this country for the past several decades.
Then there's this nugget:
Fifty-seven percent (57%) say the government should not require websites and blog sites that offer political commentary to present opposing viewpoints. But 31% believe the Internet sites should be forced to balance their commentary.
Sheesh... As Seinfeld would say, "who ARE these people?". Well, whoever they are, it's this kind of uninformed "opinion" that fuels liberal congressional agendas...and the Democrats have been itching for quite some time to reinstate the so-called "Fairness Doctrine" that would mandate that radio and TV stations give "equal time" to all political viewpoints...regardless of their popularity...or what the audience (and ratings) demands.
As I've said many times before, there are a lot of stupid people in this country...and too many of them have voter registration cards. Forget the poll tax, I think we need a Constitutional intelligence test when registering to vote.