“Fifty-seven percent (57%) say the government should not require websites and blog sites that offer political commentary to present opposing viewpoints. But 31% believe the Internet sites should be forced to balance their commentary…”
Balanced blogging? That’s my nomination for the oxymoron of the year.
Oh well, at least I don’t have to worry. I’m already balanced!
The poll comes after “congressional Democratic efforts to restore the so-called Fairness Doctrine which would mandate politically balanced commentary on the airwaves.” The Doctrine was abolished by the Reagan administration in 1987.
The argument was that broadcast bandwidth is limited, so the government has a duty to ensure a diversity of bias. How this argument could be applied to the “functional anarchy” of the internet is a compete mystery to me.
The Rasmussen Poll also finds that, “Nearly half of Americans (47%) believe the government should require all radio and television stations to offer equal amounts of conservative and liberal political commentary.”