If you think the Fairness Doctrine is unfair, check this out:
Okay, so let me get this straight - Lloyd is proposing that licensing fees for private (read: conservative) broadcasting companies be equal to an entire year's worth of operating costs. The fees will then be given to public broadcasting companies - I'm assuming because the $400 million they received last year alone from federal subsidies (read: taxpayer dollars) just wasn't enough.
I have two questions:
1) When are MSNBC, NBC and CNN going to change their organizations to PBC's?
2) How long do you think it will be before they trot out Cookie Monster, Grover et al to tug at our heartstrings (how can you deny the kids!) to get this passed?
Oh, and don't forget that on top of this atrocity, they also want to impose the watering down of content for private broadcasting by forcing them to air local, daily and public news, as well as a 'diversity' of views (read: liberals must have equal time).
I love the phrase "required to encourage". How do you enforce encouragement?
And we thought the Fairness Doctrine was bad - at least one didn't have to pay for the priviledge of losing viewers/listeners.
Hopefully this is so outrageous that it doesn't have a snowball's chance in Hell, but these days you just never know.