The voice of Luke: We see nothing wrong with KDKA radio giving Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and his spokeswoman, Joanna Doven, three hours of free air time Friday last. That is, if the station gives all of Mr. Ravenstahl's challengers in next year's mayoral election equal time. If not, it should send the mayor a bill for a three-hour campaign commercial.This is not about the Mayor as I am not a supporter. Beyond that, it's simply surprising to read such a subtle defense of the Fairness Doctrine coming from the pages of the city's conservative paper.
What is the Fairness Doctrine, you ask? The Huffingtonpost describes it as:
Imposed in 1949, the Fairness Doctrine mandated that the scarcity of media resources made it necessary that FCC license holders allow competing points of view to have equal time and access.Hmmm...demanding that KDKA give equal time to the mayor's political challengers. Sounds like the fairness doctrine to me.
That is surprising, isn't it?