Wednesday, July 03, 2002

Well, well, well... I had always wondered why talk radio was so dominated by conservatives (to put it mildly), and now I know. It was due to the repeal of the "fairness doctrine", which mandated equal time for differing political views. It was due to both the efforts of well-funded conservatives, and a few key judges... namely Antonin Scalia and Robert Bork.

Yep, that Scalia, and that Bork.

Well, it's probably too late to resurrect this concept (at least until the left gets its act together and takes the presidency and both houses of Congress), but there's one thing we have learned: Judicial appointments are absolutely critical, and the Democrats have every right to do whatever is in their power to make sure that we don't get more Scalias and Borks. Forget the conservative whining that "we should just get on with it"... they know what they're really arguing, and so should everybody else. The left needs to remove the blinders, and realize that when you're trapped in the Prisoner's Dillemma, you can't win by always cooperating if the other guy always defects. It also needs to work to make sure that no other media gets taken over by the right again. We may have lost the radio, but we still have the Internet, if we have the guts and foresight to stake our claim here.

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