Radicalization of the Republican Party and the End of the Fairness Doctrine


Radicalization is a process by which an individual or group comes to adopt increasingly extreme political, social or religious ideals and aspirations that reject or undermine contemporary ideas and expressions of the nation.

This radicalization by some Republicans has become apparent to me so I reviewed the Republican principles that I posted in a previous blog.

  1. Smaller government to preserve the sanctity of the individual.
  2. Support the federalist system of government meaning less federal government and more state control.  Against centralized government.
  3. Fiscal conservatism, limited taxation and government spending to ensure greater individual liberty.
  4. Strong national defence.
  5. Individual liberties, responsibilities and duties.
  6. Tolerance, inclusiveness and responsibilities.

Also, free enterprise, and equal rights, justice and opportunity for all including persons with disabilities, and human rights.

So, when did these principles become conflated with Conservative Christians “…not extending rights to LGBTQ citizens” and “racial resentment” that sees the government as taking money from working whites and giving it to lazy “…black and brown people?” (See  “Yes, The Republican Party has become Pathological.  But Why?” by Lee Drutman in Vox 9/22/2017)  When did science and honorable American institutions become suspect?  What happened to the overlapping values between Republicans and Democrats?

In my view, Republicans became radicalized by Conservative Media over the last 30 years.  With the elimination of the Fairness Doctrine (a policy of the Federal Communications Commission which required holders of broadcast licenses to put forth honest, equitable and balanced news) in 1987, news sources became one-sided and unaccountable to the truth.  Without the enforcement of the FCC, it is up to us to know which sources are honest, equitable and balanced.  There is a highly informative chart rating news services by their political leanings, whether they provide straight news or opinions and whether their news is fair and truthful or false connected to the following link.  Please check it out so that you can be an informed consumer of news.




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2 thoughts on “Radicalization of the Republican Party and the End of the Fairness Doctrine”

  1. t is very difficult to present information in a non bias manner. For example I was listening to WHYY when a representative for the Koch Brothers was being interviewed on the topic of low taxes and limited government services. The commentator reminded Koch’s representative that the state of Kansas has gone bankrupt because their revenue inflows does not match their outflows. The rep then responded saying the State of North Carolina has low taxes with limited public services and is still solvent. What was hidden in the argument is North Carolina is a state with an increase in its tax base from a influx in population Kansas is not.
    The facts were not bias and not misleading just incomplete. Newspapers and magazines do this type of thing regularly to emphasize a point of view and to appeal to their core readership. Newspapers will place articles in a sequence by with glaring headlines to emphasize alarming aspects of the news. This keeps readers interested.
    Due to natural biases and inner readership expectations a fairness doctrine can’t be reasonable. The Fairness Doctrine for Broadcaster was finished in 1987 probably because unpopular views were presented in a limited manner during poor listening times. I believe its up to the citizens to seek out the truth from competing forms of the news.


    1. Thanks for your thoughtful comments, Ken. I agree that the Fairness Doctrine is not reasonable. That just means that the American people need to work harder to be fully informed by knowing the sources of the news they consume and to use critical thinking skills instead of blindly following.


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