Would Barack Obama’s election lead to revival of the “Fairness Doctrine” — and if so, how would that affect bloggers, who basically didn’t exist as of the last time the Fairness Doctrine governed political speech in the media? The FCC’s chairman, Robert McDowell, suggests that bloggers wouldn’t be too happy about such a development. (Hat tip to Van Helsing.)
McDowell is a Bush appointee, and was speaking to the conservative Heritage Foundation. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, what exactly is the principled defense of the Fairness Doctrine?