Posted Mar 18, 2020 by Martin Armstrong
The Coronavirus Panic has been caused by FAKE NEWS and the press MUST be held accountable. The press is acting irresponsibly and has turned this virus into a major scare. They criticize any politician who dares to disagree as reflected in the Washington Post’s headline:
“As much of America takes drastic action, some Republicans remain skeptical of the severity of the coronavirus pandemic”
There should be an investigation of the press and restoration of the FCC Fairness Doctrine. This is so critical at this time. The press is NOT responsible and MUST be forced to present both sides.
Trump should IMMEDIATELY reinstate the Fairness Doctrine in the media that once existed at the FCC. The Fairness Doctrine was a policy of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), introduced in 1949, that required the holders of broadcast licenses both to present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was — in the Commission’s view — honest, equitable, and balanced. The FCC eliminated the Fairness Doctrine in 1987 and in August of 2011, the FCC formally removed the language that implemented the doctrine.
Expand this doctrine to print media – all newspapers! They lose their license if their reporting remains unbalanced and filled with propaganda. Freedom of the press is not the freedom to report only what they want in the way they want. If they claim to be reporting news, then it has to be the unbiased news. Opinion is for op-eds and they must report both views. STOP THE PROPAGANDA NOW!
The NY Post in New York City wrote an article calling out, “American journalism is collapsing before our eyes.” Indeed, journalists now come in near the bottom of the poll that ranks public respect for professions, according to Gallup Polls. Indeed, the NY Post reported the truth that is so obvious to us all that the media is more interested in hating Trump than reporting news. It’s time to clean up the press, and not just drain the swamp. They swim in the same stench.