Jay Rockefeller Calls For Partisan Cable News To End
And you know what? I agree with him. I'd even go further.
I know it'll never happen, but one thing to keep in mind is the fact that these are our airwaves, not the networks’. I think many have lost sight of the fact that the public owns the airwaves and I hope this post serves as a reminder.
SEN. JAY ROCKEFELLER (D-WV): “There’s a little bug inside of me which wants to get the FCC to say to FOX and to MSNBC: ‘Out. Off. End. Goodbye.’ It would be a big favor to political discourse; our ability to do our work here in Congress, and to the American people, to be able to talk with each other and have some faith in their government and more importantly, in their future.”
Fox News and MSNBC have been a bane to serious political discourse in the past half decade and it’s time we all raise our hands and say, “No more!” Regardless of your political affiliation, I hope we can acknowledge that this back and forth isn’t helpful.
To those of you who would tell me I’m trying to censor certain opinions, I’d offer that there are plenty of different avenues for those voices to find an audience. But the public channels shouldn’t be used to perpetuate propaganda from the right or the left. And yes, this also applies to radio. So the Right’s dominance in this area could be called into question if we’re willing to have a serious conversation about who actually owns the media.
Of course that won’t happen, but there it is nonetheless.