Magazine article In These Times

In Conversation

Magazine article In These Times

In Conversation

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WE NEED FAIR MEDIA

As "MSNBC's Bernie Blackout" (December 2019) suggests, those who question America's antidemocratic status quo and propose prodemocracy alternatives will not receive a fair hearing from the media.

There is a solution. Reinstate an updated version of the Fairness Doctrine. This 1949 Federal Communications Commission rule required broadcast stations "devote reasonable attention to the coverage of controversial issues of public importance" and provide "reasonable, although not necessarily equal" opportunities to opposing sides to express their views.

Until broadcast media serves the public interest (as the rarely enforced federal Communications Act of 1934 demanded) we will not have authentic political democracy, and "liberty and justice for all" will remain an empty slogan.

-Scott Raskiewicz

St. Paul, Minn.

I'm pretty dubious of the claim that MSNBC is the most influential channel of the Left when your own article says "the median age of MSNBC's audience is 65." The blue wave of 2018 didn't come from retirees.

-@ZACK_ FL UX

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The numbers [from the article's infographic showing less positive coverage of Bernie] line up with the candidates' places in the polls. It's not "sidelining" if you get a little less coverage. Biden is a front-runner. Warren had claimed that status and now has fallen off a bit. Bernie shows up in third consistently, but without fanfare. Quit playing the victim.

-@ModernWonk

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