Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fairness Doctrine Struck Down

Fairness Doctrine

Time was when the Federal Radio Commission said it wasn't cool for media sources to use the public airwaves to stump for their own causes and ignore the issue's debate environment and context. The Fairness Doctrine was put in place requiring dissenting views be voiced as well as supporters of what cause you were hammering for.

Unused since 1987, the doctrine of fairness has now been removed from our books as well as our hearts.
More travel down the road of small government? We may now need to police ourselves and actually think about the messages that are barraging us.

BTW, Equal Time Rule still applies, with that pesky phrase "legally qualified."

Friday, August 19, 2011

Chinese Brawl

The goodwill games between U.S. and China in China ended in fighting, clawing, scratching and chair-throwing on Thursday. What can we learn from this? Well, I don't know, mostly I think it is sad and despair-making.

I mean, these are our AMBASSADORS. You know, those people tasked with patching up rough spots in one countries dialog with another? The bridge-builders who connect two disparate sides of basic, bitter and long-lasting disagreements.

When these guys are throwing chairs at each other and being pelted with debris from the crowd watching, it is tough to see how anything will change. As a species, we are pretty prone to violence.


Chinese Vice Foreign Minsiter Cui Tiankai said Bayi members went to Beijing airport to see off the Georgetown team and the sides exchanged souvenirs.
“My understanding is that it’s all cleared up,” Cui told reporters at a briefing on Vice President Joe Biden’s ongoing visit to China. 
Good to know Mr. Cui has put it behind him...