One-way accountability

Debbie Stabenow, a Democratic senator from Michigan, is on record as advocated the revival of the Fairness Doctrine, but note how the perspective is remarkably undemocratic.

Now, whether it’s called the Fairness Standard, whether it’s called something else – I absolutely think it’s time to be bringing accountability to the airwaves. I mean, our new president has talked rightly about accountability and transparency. You know, that we all have to step up and be responsible. And, I think in this case, there needs to be some accountability and standards put in place.

Who is accountable to whom in this picture? The people, who express themselves through radio and television, will be accountable to the government for what they believe and say. I’m not sure that’s what the founders had in mind when they demanded that Congress shall make no law abridging freedom of speech and the press.