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"Kicking and Screaming" Part 2

“Kicking and Screaming” Part 2

By Dennis Loo (3/1/18)

Trump et al have gotten their way so much that some have gotten disoriented and discouraged. The impact of an all-right-wing media, all-the-time solo diet and the segregation into only that which you want to hear (which has also happened to other segments as well) and Obama’s failure to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine have had a far-rearching effect.

Because many of you have never heard of the Fairness Doctrine, here is a Wikipedia description of it:

The Fairness Doctrine was a policy of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), introduced in 1949, that required the holders of broadcast licenses both to present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was—in the Commission's view—honest, equitable, and balanced. The FCC eliminated the policy in 1987 and removed the rule that implemented the policy from the Federal Register in August 2011.

This doctrine, then, prevailed from 1949 till 1987, President Ronald Reagan’s last year, who was lobbied successfully to eliminate it - through a veto - by deep-pocketed right-wing interests who knew they couldn’t build their right-media empire if the Fairness Doctrine was still in effect.

Obama opposed bringing the Fairness Doctrine back. In June 2008Barack Obama's press secretary wrote that Obama (then a Democratic U.S. Senator from Illinois and candidate for President):

Does not support reimposing the Fairness Doctrine on broadcasters ... [and] considers this debate to be a distraction from the conversation we should be having about opening up the airwaves and modern communications to as many diverse viewpoints as possible. That is why Sen. Obama supports media-ownership caps, network neutralitypublic broadcasting, as well as increasing minority ownership of broadcasting and print outlets.[50]

The man who so many had faith in and whose party would presumably benefit from bringing the Fairness Doctrine back, didn’t. This decision on his part is actually consistent with his overall record where he sounds like he is on the right side, but he defers to elites whenever he can. He said he was against the Telecom Amnesty Bill, but ended up voting for it, he said one can be “too late,” but did little about global warming, declared he was against Guantanamo Bay and could have done what he claimed he wanted – close it - as chief executive with a majority of Democrats in both chambers in Congress, but blamed Congress for his failure to close it, deported more undocumented workers than George W, Bush, and at faster pace than Trump, forcibly disbanded Occupy (by co-ordinating that through his Justice Department), etc.

Trump and his coterie are convinced that they can lie and get away with virtually anything – but they can’t. Some 30% or so of the people are willing to buy anything that the man tells them, but they don’t matter in any fundamental way.

In the final analysis, truth and facts will trump Trump. That is not to say that the whole story will come out, and it is not to say that the good guys will necessarily prevail, because there is no guarantee of that, and a lot is now in the air. Nobody can predict how it will all end up, but certain matters are sure.

To be continued

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