'Fairness Doctrine': Bill Clinton Yes, Jimmy Carter No
February 13, 2009 at 3:54 PM (PT)
Add BILL CLINTON to the list of Democratic politicians who support the return of the "Fairness Doctrine," as the former President tells CLEAR CHANNEL Talk KKZN-A/DENVER host MARIO SOLIS-MARICH that "you either ought to have the Fairness Doctrine or we ought to have more balance on the other side, because essentially there's always been a lot of big money to support the right wing talk shows and let's face it, you know, RUSH LIMBAUGH is fairly entertaining even when he is saying things that I think are ridiculous."
POLITICO.COM's MICHAEL CALDERONE reports that CLINTON added that there should be either "more balance in the programs or have some opportunity for people to offer countervailing opinions" and didn't support the original repeal of the old Doctrine. In recent days, Sens. DEBBIE STABENOW and TOM HARKIN have voiced support for a return to the Doctrine, which would allow the government to define and enforce "balance" in news and talk radio and television programming. Rep. MAURICE HINCHEY (D-NY), a critic of conservative talk radio who plans to introduce a bill to diversify media ownership, told CNN RADIO that "Propaganda is not a good thing in a media system in a democratic republic such as the UNITED STATES."
Carter 'Not In Favor' Of Doctrine
Former President JIMMY CARTER, interviewed by BONNEVILLE Talk KTAR-F/PHOENIX afternoon team MAC WATSON and LARRY GAYDOS, had a different view from CLINTON, responding to a question about whether he favors a return of the doctrine by saying, "No, as a matter of fact, when I was President is when we deregulated radio... so I have not been in favor of perpetuating the Fairness Doctrine since I've been in politics."