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Argument: The Fairness Doctrine improves the public discourse

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WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show, excerpted on YouTube, Senator Kerry said, "most profound changes in the balance of the media," adding that conservatives have been able to "squeeze down and squeeze out opinion of opposing views. I think it has been a very important transition in the imbalance of our public dialog."[1]

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), a close ally of Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) told The Hill, "It’s time to reinstitute the Fairness Doctrine. I have this old-fashioned attitude that when Americans hear both sides of the story, they’re in a better position to make a decision."[2]

Broadcasting, reintroducing the Fairness Doctrine. Debatabase. 27 Aug. 2007 - The Fairness Doctrine should be brought back because a wide range of views is needed to safeguard democracy. We can trust voters to decide for themselves only if they have been trusted with the means to do so. An uninformed electorate lacks the tools to exercise free political judgements, and is open to being swayed by a diet of propaganda. This means broadcasters must challenge their listeners and viewers with a range of opinions on a wide range of issues, rather than reinforcing what they already think. Only through exposure to a balanced diet of opinion and debate can our citizens understand the choices facing our country.

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