VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: REJECT THE FAIRNESS DOCTRINE

Hanson notes an important irony in liberal talk of reinstating the Fairness Doctrine: There is a sort of irony in the debate over talk radio. Of all our media, it is perhaps the most populist. A radio host requires neither a journalism degree nor political connections. He just needs sheer talent. The unforgiving market - judged by how many turn the dial to your show or call in with questions - alone adjudicates success. Liberals who profess affinity for the little guy should welcome this prairie-fire revolt against the more highbrow New York Times, CBS News or NPR. Hanson concludes: Rather than promoting government audit of our opinion media, liberals should master talk radio and cable news. And conservatives should work harder at providing counter-voices in Hollywood, on the campuses, and amid the major networks and newspapers. Then let the best men and women win in the free arena of ideas and entertainment. (Townhall.com) See, also, Russell Shubin’s commentary on the Fairness Doctrine: “Big Brother’s Doctrine” (Crosswalk.com).