On This Day in History…

Rush’s Vacation Plans

…the Fairness Doctrine was overturned in 1987.

Rush Limbaugh started his show August 1, 1988.

And less than a decade later, Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes founded Fox News.

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2 Responses to On This Day in History…

  1. DarkStar says:

    And thus began the beginning of the end of truth and facts. Where every fact became an opinion and every truth became debatable.

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  2. A.J. says:

    For which we must look to Driftglass, 23 June 2017:

    In 1987, President Ronald Reagan killed something called The Fairness Doctrine:

    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, which was believed to have been under pressure from then President Ronald Reagan, eliminated the Doctrine in 1987.

    For the record, the two federal judges who helped Reagan kill the Fairness Doctrine were future-Supreme Court incubus Antonin Scalia, and disgraced Nixon henchman Robert Bork. After helping to hold down the Fairness Doctrine while Reagan smothered it, both men went on to enjoy long and fruitful careers as wingnut icons and ruiners of American democracy.

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