Simi Valley Sophist

The Simi Valley Sophist ruminates on all manner of topics from the micro to the macro. SVS travels whatever path strikes his fancy. Encyclopedia Britannica: Sophist "Any of certain Greek lecturers, writers, and teachers in the 5th and 4th centuries BC, most of whom travelled about the Greek-speaking world giving instruction in a wide range of subjects in return ..."

Location: California, United States

Retired: 30years law enforcement-last 20 years Criminal Intelligence Detective.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Fairness Doctrine & Political Correctness, Orwellian Speak

The very name “Fairness Doctrine” would lead you to believe that there is perhaps a need for such a doctrine due to a lack of “fairness” in something or the other. The truth of the matter is that some Democrats, and even some Republicans, are advocating for a new “Fairness Doctrine.” Why? To squelch or limit the radio listening public’s exposure to contrary views. In essence, the politicians are having a more difficult time pulling the wool over the eyes of the public. Suddenly politicians are being held much more accountable for their actions, or lack thereof. A combination of talk-radio and the Blogosphere have successfully offered a new avenue for contrary view, which until recently, was generally lacking in public discourse due to a lack of exposure. That must be exceedingly vexing because traditionally the majority of the public discourse was shaped by mainstream newspaper and television media largely in the back-pocket of liberals and leftists.

Author Rich Lowry explained it like this,

The report of the Center for American Progress on "The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio" marks the latest phase in liberaldom's grappling with conservative talk radio. First came the attempts to create a liberal Limbaugh -- Mario Cuomo, Jim Hightower, et al. -- that fell flat. Then an entire left-wing network, Air America, was founded, and foundered. So there's only one option left -- if you can't beat them, and you won't join them, you can agitate for government to regulate them.

Liberals and leftists have also been perfecting the art of limiting speech under the guise of political correctness. They are lock-stepped in the suppression of freedom of speech from our so-called institutions of higher learning all the way down to many elementary schools. How else can you explain fourth graders advocating on global warming? Scientists can’t agree on the issue. Where do you suppose the fourth graders got their convictions? Of course, there are howls of protest from the liberals at the mere mention that they are biased and controlling speech. But, it is true, and the examples are numerous.

Totalitarian and leftist governments can not easily continue to function in the light of day. Consequently, the first order of business is the suppression of free speech and peaceful oppositional demonstrations. It happened in Germany, and it continues to occur in Russia, China and all other totalitarian regimes. Not the least of which is Iran, which is cracking down on dissent.

Fascists, Communists, leftists and some liberals all have a common cause of limiting speech. Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

Blog Update 6/26/2007: Follow this link for additional info: Censorship Disguised as Reinstitution of the Fairness Doctrine