Patrick McIlheran, Jessica McBride, Charlie Sykes and other members of the MSM -- Milwaukee's stupider media (and in some cases Madison's stupider media) -- are all bent out of shape after a Wisconsin National Public Radio talker called for moderation in the airwaves.
Censorship! They cry.
Well, let them cry. The Brawler says it's time we bring back the fairness doctrine -- or something like it. Essentially the fairness doctrine called for equal time for opposing viewpoints. It was laid to rest during the Reagan administration. Conservative talk radio then blew wide leading to the polarized country we now inhabit.
The Brawler always vaguely thought something like this should happen. Then his thinking crystallized last week. What prompted it? A billboard on 94 westbound outside Milwaukee, presumably in Waukesha. It's a WISN billboard that shows a Republican elephant stomping his hind legs on a supine Democratic donkey. "Don't be stupid. Be right."
Now, the Brawler is all for different voices to be heard. But he will be goddamned if he will tolerate a radio station -- one of hundreds -- whose positioning is "We beat up on Democrats." The airwaves are ultimately the public's property. And last I checked, a majority of the public was not Republican. It might serve a corporation's marketing strategy, or political strategy, to have programming dedicated to bashing Democrats (or, as a Chicago radio station says on a billboard, Liberals hate us). But as a taxpayer and a citizen I resent that, profoundly. It is manifestly not censorship to make sure that the voices on the radio do not represent a narrow slice of voters that reliably vote for Republican and corporate interests.
And I don't think I'm alone in thinking that.
The Brawler will be returning to this topic.