Why the fairness doctrine is government control in disguise
Dr. Kenneth C. Hill
Sixty-nine days and counting until the executive and legislative branches are both run by liberal democrats and the greatest fear of many Americans trying to brace for the event is that the government will be anything but liberal.
On the contrary, many fear a new age of restrictions on rights as basic as the freedom of speech, manifested in the likes of a simmering movement in Congress, behind the leadership of Sen. Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine ended under the Reagan Administration.
While it was a good idea on paper decades ago, with good intentions of preserving a balance of reporting on controversial issues in broadcasting, "the Fairness Doctrine," argues communications expert and author Dr. Kenneth Hill, "is only on the table for reinstatement because the liberals see it as a tool to silence the extremely popular conservative talk radio circuit."
As a guest on your show, Hill will go into impressive detail regarding the important issues he establishes in his book Assault on Liberty: Rebirth of the Fairness Doctrine. Such issues include:
· How the Fairness Doctrine affects free speech.
· How liberals in Congress want to revive the Doctrine to limit broadcasters from keeping listeners fully informed.
· How 40 percent of Americans would have their news and information censored under the Doctrine.
· How the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is involved.
· What your listeners can do to prevent the abuses of power facilitated by the Fairness Doctrine.
Many Americans are on high alert regarding this issue. In a blog posted just this past Monday at SayWhatYouReallyMean.com, a blogger pointed out that ". . . according to the Project for Excellence in Journalism, which studied 48 news outlets, 64 percent of the stories about Sarah Palin’s record as governor of Alaska were negative with only 7 percent of the stories positive, and that is with a governor that had the highest approval rating in the nation.
"This election really showed the lack of credibility of the mainstream media.
"The Fairness Doctrine, in any form of course, would be a terrible assault on our freedom of speech, but . . if Congress were even to consider (reviving the Doctrine), it should be directed at the mainstream media . . ."
Stay out ahead of this intriguing and, sometimes, heated discussion with one of the leading authorities on the topic, Dr. Kenneth Hill.
Dr. Hill has been active in communications and broadcasting all his adult life, having been involved in virtually every aspect of television and radio for more than three decades. His broadcast communications career has included teaching at the college level in areas of mass communication, broadcast journalism and numerous other subjects in the field.
Dr. Hill’s educational achievements include a Bachelor of Science degree in speech (broadcasting) and history at East Tennessee State University, a Master of Science degree in speech (broadcasting) at Indiana State University, and a number of degrees in theology, including a Doctor of Religious Education degree from Andersonville Baptist Seminary. For the past 26 years, Dr. Hill has been affiliated with the Appalachian Educational Communication Corporation (AECC) in Bristol, Tennessee, and is currently CEO and serves as general manager of five radio stations, broadcasting to five states in the eastern U.S.