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    One hear one or two opinions from politicians, we hear one or two opinions from TV, and we hear one or 2 opinions from the newspaper. Most of those are liberal. Talk radio offers a different slant.

    How about we kill all free speech?

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    I understand talk radio has been trumping up their opposition to the Fairness doctrine--'cause you see, even though nobody was talking about that here, the defenders of talk radio bring it up as if on cue. The defenders of talk radio don't want to face the charge that misinformation is purposely spread on talk radio. They like their infomercials, complete with superlatives and exaggerations. If nothing else, it is a predictable medium, and no one is ever challenged to think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matclone View Post
    I understand talk radio has been trumping up their opposition to the Fairness doctrine--'cause you see, even though nobody was talking about that here, the defenders of talk radio bring it up as if on cue. The defenders of talk radio don't want to face the charge that misinformation is purposely spread on talk radio. They like their infomercials, complete with superlatives and exaggerations. If nothing else, it is a predictable medium, and no one is ever challenged to think.

    Clone, I understand your point, but I think you're underestimating the "one-sidedness" of certain large editorial pages. The New York Times really makes no attempt to discuss the other side, other than to heap ridicule and scorn upon it. Have you ever read Frank Rich? He's basically equivalent to Rush Limbaugh in terms of only taking one side, and mocking the other side. It's not as if Rich is an obscure column writer - he runs the op/ed pages for the NY Times.

    Some talk radio is simple and one-sided, but it's not dangerous. If it's inciting a mob towards violence, then maybe it should be looked at, but what evidence is there of talk-radio contributing to dangerous situations?

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    The New York Times, like every major newspaper, contains a variety of viewpoints. The news pages will contain a certain view. The editorial pages (the paper's view) represent another view (the NYTimes lean toward the left but other papers lean toward the right). The columnists represent a variety of views (all major newspapers seek a variety of views in their columnists)(Frank Rich, Paul Krugman, David Brooks, and William Safire represent distinctly different points of view). Finally, the letters to the editor are bound to contain yet another variety of views. By contrast, talk radio gives you one view only--like an infomercial--only negative.

    No Rich is not like Limbaugh, no more than George Will is like Randi Rhoades. The difference is in the quality and integrity of what they say.

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    They like their infomercials, complete with superlatives and exaggerations. If nothing else, it is a predictable medium, and no one is ever challenged to think.

    Hearing many varied opinions is always more conducive to thought than just hearing one one-sided opinion only.

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    And that, again, is a problem. Talk radio audiences hear only one point of view. On the other hand, if you're suggesting that talk radio represents one of a variety of views, which seems reasonable, then there's a problem in that it (and I generalize) is not a legitimate source of information. It's like someone who was interested in wrestling turning to WWF as an authoritive source of wrestling information. In fact, the latter's little side shows where the wrestlers talk trash to and about one other, is not unlike what occurs on talk radio shows 24/7 coast to coast.

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    Here is an interesting column by the NY Times Public Editor addressing many of the issues discussed on this thread:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/24/op...ublic%20Editor

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    Remember when Nightline would have two guests - one from each side of whatever the issue-of-the-day was?
    "All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind." -- Abraham Lincoln

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    I began reading the NYTimes article until (right away) I read this -

    THE op-ed page of The New York Times is perhaps the nation?s most important forum for airing opinions on the most contentious issues of the day ? the war in Iraq, abortion, global warming and more.

    Nonsense.

    Talk radio has many different slants (some liberal although not as popular). They do not pupet each other. Along with talk radio is the other various forms of media when all combined together, it gives the "listener" a wide range of views and opinions. Silence talk radio, you silence much of the conservative counter-balance point of view to the liberal massive number of sources.

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