TOPIC: IS OUR POLARIZED MEDIA UNDERMINING AMERICA’S DEMOCRACY?
There used to be an FCC regulation called “The Fairness Doctrine,” that forced broadcast media to provide audiences different points of view. Liberal opinions were to be balanced by conservative ones. In 1987, President Ronald Reagan had the FCC discontinue this, his rational being that with in addition to AM radio, there was FM, television, and cable. (The internet was in the near future), no one ideology could dominate. There have been unforeseen consequences in that we now have outlets that provide just one point of view. Via such huge broadcasters as Sinclair and Fox, the right wing has come to dominate much of the media. While there are left wing stations, they are less successful. Audiences listen to stations that support their prejudices, which is largely responsible for our current political polarization. We will discuss whether our democracy is threatened, and why right wing outlets have wider audiences than left wing ones.
Host: LARRY SHAW
The event is free, but please purchase food or drink to compensate Stone Creek for the use of their space.