Balanced blogging??

A recent Rasmussen poll of Americans’ attitudes to reviving the fairness doctrine finds that:

“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.”



4 Responses to “Balanced blogging??”

  1. macdoctor01 Says:

    Half the fun of the blogosphere is reading all the varied viewpoints, especially the more rabid ones. The other half is holding forth with your own unfettered opinion. If “balance” was expected then 3/4 of the blogosphere would disappear overnight and the internet would be a much less interesting place.

    If these people want “balance” tell them to read a newspaper.
    Perhaps not. 😉

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  3. homepaddock Says:

    “But 31% believe the Internet sites should be forced to balance their commentary…”

    First they’ll force us to balance our commentary, next it will be our reading, then our listening and speaking and eventually they’ll force us to balance our thoughts 🙂

  4. Paul Litterick Says:

    Evolution is just a theory
    Private property is an inalienable right
    Religious people are more morally responsible than Atheists
    Minni Vanilli were wronged
    Tony Veitch is innocent.

    Is that enough balance?

    No Paul, you left out so-called climate change!

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