The Jury Talks Back

3/9/2009

Use of the Airwaves

Filed under: Uncategorized — Fritz @ 8:56 am

From the Los Angeles Times (Monday, March 9, 2009):

Re “Talk radio in the balance,” Opinion, March 3

Brian C. Anderson fails to mention three basic facts.  First, the airwaves are owned by the public and not the broadcasters.  Second, radio stations have a no-fee lease from our government that allows exclusive use of a particular broadcast spectrum.  And finally, in return for this exclusive free use of public property, broadcasters are required to serve the public interest.  Talk-radio hosts who mislead, take stuff out of context, ignore significant facts and just plain lie are not serving the public interest.  This describes Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, among others.

The Fairness Doctrine may be problematic, as Anderson suggests, but our nation is ill-served when the public airwaves are used to confuse and mislead.

Bill Stanton

Garden Grove

First, I have a sneaking suspicion that one man’s “hosts who mislead” is another man’s ideological lodestar.  Second, I’ll bite: the government should sell off these parts of the spectrum, getting out of the business of deciding what does and what does not serve the public interest altogether.


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