Sunday, December 7, 2008

Will 12/8/08

A Case Where "Fairness" IS Unfair

My take on George Will's latest. His column was published in the Washington Post.

Summary: Left wingers want to limit free speech on radio because it is too conservative and too influential.

If reactionary liberals, unsatisfied with dominating the mainstream media, academia and Hollywood, were competitive on talk radio, they would be uninterested in reviving the fairness doctrine.

My Views: Ah, yes! That Fairness Doctrine. aka "The Hush Rush Bill". What has always really got me was the unprincipled hypocracy of it. Like Obama's tirade against Fox while ignoring the media's treatment of the Republicans. The most noteworthy thing about the upcoming fight is the proponent's utter lack of any philosophical view, just a partisan desire to censor conservative speech.

For the left, this is a partisan issue only; for the right, this is a national issue.

George Will almost didn't make it as a syndicated columnist. His style was considered too erudite for a general audience.

Whatever one thinks of his views, read his work for use of language and for how he marshals facts and uses logic.

Here's his Wiki bio.

His latest book is at the right.