About the “Fairness Doctrine”

Sunday, February 22, 2009

My comment to a post on PajamasMedia
It’s interesting that conservatives dominate the only mass medium where ideas are presented without images. It’s been said a picture is worth a thousand words. In light of the fauxtography scandals in the entrenched media, what have those thousand words really been? Further, radio is a medium where only one voice can be heard at a time–any attempt to talk over someone results in an unintelligible mess and no one is heard.
On TV, on the other hand, it’s true that no voice can be heard when a row is happening, but the rowers are seen rowing, fighting for their ideas; liberals are seen as passionate defenders of their opinions and conservatives are seen as ogres. TV is about optics. Radio is about ideas and is tremendously more powerful as a result. And liberals know it, they know it as surely as they know their ideas don’t stand up to reason, they know it as surely as they know that listeners see through their shamefully ideologically “ideas”.

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