Howard Dean: Bring Back the Fairness Doctrine Because Fox ‘Makes Stuff Up’ and ‘Americans Don’t Know What’s Going On’

An audio clip from about two months ago has been uncovered by The Blaze which clearly demonstrates that, even with all of his opining and public speaking skills, there is a reason that Howard Dean’s most notable quote will always remain a timelessly incoherent scream.  Despite being a one-word definition of ignorance, Dean doesn’t mind discussing how to control the media in an effort to educate what he considers to be the ignorant masses – Americans.

What would he do about the media?

“I would bring back the Fairness Doctrine so you couldn’t have a spectacle of a Fox Flooze, which just makes stuff up and is a propaganda outlet.  You would actually have to have some sanctioned human beings talking to the other side.  And MSNBC would have to do the same.  They would have to have some conservatives on there too.  I think that’s much better for the country.”

Why does he want the government to control media?

“Americans don’t know what’s going on and therefore the media can have their way with them intellectually.”

If Dean is so concerned about propaganda outlets making stuff up, then perhaps he should be fact-checking his own statements.  Such as…

  1. Lying about his ties to George Soros and MoveOn.org.
  2. Lying about Fox News’ coverage of the Shirley Sherrod story.
  3. Lying about his level of support for an Obama re-election bid.
  4. Lying about campaign ads.
  5. Lying about former President Bush’s immigration plan.
  6. Lying about voter suppression by the Republicans.

If anybody knows about lying, it would appear to be Dean himself.  So if he has been so successful at distorting facts, does this mean that he believes that he’s been having his way with Americans intellectually? 

Dean has long championed the Fairness Doctrine as an avenue for controlling conservative talk radio and Fox News.  In a Newsweek column in 2007, George Will explained the infatuation that liberals have with regulating speech over the airwaves, specifically citing Dean:

Some of today's illiberals say that media abundance, not scarcity, justifies the Fairness Doctrine: Americans, the poor dears, are bewildered by too many choices. And the plenitude of information sources disperses "the national campfire," the cozy communitarian experience of the good old days (for liberals), when everyone gathered around—and was dependent on—ABC, NBC and CBS.

“I believe we need to re-regulate the media," says Howard Dean. Such illiberals argue that the paucity of liberal successes in today's radio competition—and the success of Fox News—somehow represent "market failure." That is the regularly recurring, all-purpose rationale for government intervention in markets. Market failure is defined as consumers' not buying what liberals are selling.

Easily manipulated and bewildered - that’s what Howard Dean and his liberal cohorts think of the American people.

 

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