But you see legacy38 it actually is determining content because it will be government imposed determinations of fairness that will end up prevailing. If this doctrine is allowed to be reinstated it will be but a short step from a government body being established to oversee its functioning. Therefore, if a 50/50 left/right ratio were to be determined to be in the interests of fairness, radio stations would be forced to follow the dictates of some non-elected governmental body, said body determining what was fair and what was not. To me, that is pure censorship. The only thing more direct would be if government forces stormed the stations and took over the programming directly.legacy38 said:The so called Fairness Doctrine requires broadcast stations to allow people with opposing points of view a chance to respond. It isn't necessarily a bureaucrat determining content, but it has that same impact as it will kill syndicated talk radio as we now know it.
As to whether or not it would be applied to satellite radio, well some are calling for its application to the internet (how that would be possible I have no clue). If application to the internet is feasible to them, why wouldn't application to satellite? However you look at it, application of censorship to any of our national media source points, be it radio, newsprint, television, or the internet is a recipe for disaster for the American people.