According to a poll done by Rassumessen, nearly 47% of American’s seem to support some version of the Fairness Doctrine. Of course, like all polls, the wording of questions can have a big impact on the results, which I think is what is probably going on here. The question is stated thusly, should government “require all radio and television stations to offer equal amounts of conservative and liberal political commentary.?

Once the Fairness Doctrine is explained to folks, I have a feeling that this support probably goes down dramatically. If it didn’t, then I’d be truly frightened. In my estimation, government mandated control of what a radio/news station should or should not broadcast is a clear violation of the 1st Amendment. Whether you are a liberal or a conservative, I think we can all agree that government controlled content is not a good thing, this is essentially what they do in Russia.

On the other hand, liberals like Pelosi have been talking about reviving the Fairness Doctrine for a few years now. This is mainly in response to the success of talk show hosts like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. For whatever reason, Air America, or any liberal political talk show for that matter, has never done well. Does anyone even know what Air America is? So, the thought is that if we can’t silence Rush, we’ll just force his programmers to allow equal coverage to opposite sides that he represents. I don’t think this has a true chance of actually coming back because the myth of the whole public airways is hopefully dead by now. They used to justify the Fairness Doctrine because supposedly radio and television airways were really public airways and corporations were just leasing them. While that may be technically still true, does anyone believe that NBC, CBS and ABC are “public airways”? Of course not, that is just legal fiction. However, if they are going to bring back the Fairness Doctrine, then I demand Rush be given equal time every night on Katie Couric’s show, or with Brian Williams. Clearly the liberals will never go for this because they keep this guise of “impartial journalism” which is a total crock.

Oh, and in case you think we are safe here in the Blogosphere from the Fairness Doctrine, think again. 31% of those surveyed by Rasmussen also believe that this fairness standard should apply to blogs. Yikes!