Wednesday, May 18, 2016

None Dare Call It a Fairness Doctrine

The latest conservative whine is that Facebook has been 'censoring' conservative content. Needless to say, the source of this allegation is anonymous, which should be a big 'red flag' for anyone contemplating the veracity of this story. Nevertheless, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with conservative media figures to discuss this issue.

Personally, I think Zuckerberg should have told them to fuck off. Conservatives have long railed against the 'Fairness Doctrine'. Why, here's 'Libertarian Fonzie' himself celebrating the end of the Fairness Doctrine with some other right-winger:

To make matters even more bizarre, Fox news won an appeal which absolved them of an obligation to tell the truth. Not only do conservatives oppose the Fairness Doctrine, they oppose the necessity to eschew prevarication. All of a sudden, they're pissing and moaning about media bias in a corporation that doesn't even use the public airwaves? I know that conservatives love to move goalposts, and that they have the memory span of a gnat, but this is particularly rich... they are losing on the social media front, and now they want 'corrective' measures. Right-wing radio is dying and now right-wingers want to coerce the 'new media' that people dissatisfied with radio and cable television flocked to into giving them preferential treatment.


mikey said...

Heh. Good luck with that. You ever heard the old saw 'the internet routes around damage'? The cool part is nobody owns it - oh, people own Facebook and Google and Apple and all, but nobody can prevent you from buying a domain and registering to get on the routing tables, and saying anything you want.

Who cares what Facebook or Google are or are not doing? Billions of other places out there to get information, from InfoWars to FRED...

Sirius Lunacy said...

I got a couple minutes into it when not Fonzie said "well, not people, just a segment of the population". I thought to myself that the population, much like Soylent Green, IS people. Then I decided this guys an idiot and I stopped listening.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Faceborg isn't something I use, so I have no dog in this fight.

Rabies to them both!