Thursday, May 20, 2010

Sunstein: Volunteer For "Fairness Doctrine," Or Else

Cass Sunstein, Regulation Commissar, simply won't let go of this theme of controlling what you read.
“The sites of one point of view agree to provide links to sites of the other point of view. So if you’re reading a conservative magazine, they would provide a link to a liberal site. And vice versa, just to make it easy for people to access to competing views.

Or maybe a popup on your screen that would show you an advertisement or maybe even a quick argument for a competing view.

If we could get voluntary arrangements in that direction, it would be great and if we can’t get voluntary arrangements maybe Congress should hold hearings about mandates.”
Forced competing views. Right. Because you're too stupid to click on HuffPo and NRO. You're also too thick to decide what to believe, and anyway there's no such thing as truth, only competing narratives. So let's force everybody to publish views they believe are false or pernicious. Just to be "fair and balanced."

One has to wonder when the American people are going to have enough of this. But then, thanks to the voluntary Pravdazation of the mainstream media, they're unlikely to have heard this particular gem.

Hey, maybe Sunstein has a good idea after all. Let's force them to print it in the NYT, the LAT, WaPo, and the Chicago Tribune. If the stockholders of the rapidly sinking dead-tree press don't care about editorial content, forget market pressure. Let's have a little ol' Chicago way instead.



Ken said...

I'll take "or else." Sight unseen.

Jeff Perren said...


Ken I'm tempted to pay you to
comment. Reading them is always a lift to my day.