George Will Hates The Liberals So Much, All Of Them, For Their Non-Existent Issue
George Will was one of those Intellectual Conservatives who was championed by the Liberals for his courageous, journalistic act of questioning Sarah Palin's ability to run the country, which she would have had to do when John McCain died on his third day in office. Will, naturally, was labeled a big city fairy who never would have had the courage to raise a Down Syndrome baby, except for the Down Syndrome baby that he did in fact raise. Well all that election nonsense is over, right, so Will was apparently trying to build back his conservative "base" points with yesterday's bizarre wingnut rant about the fuckin' liberals and their obvious plans to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine, which the liberals have no intention of reinstating.
You can tell it will be a bad George Will column if he doesn't trace the contemporary issue at hand to some mid-11th century British common law ruling within the first four sentences:
Reactionary liberalism, the ideology of many Democrats, holds that inconvenient rights, such as secret ballots in unionization elections, should be repealed; that existing failures, such as GM, should be preserved; and, with special perversity, that repealed mistakes, such as the "fairness doctrine," should be repeated. That Orwellian name was designed to disguise the doctrine's use as the government's instrument for preventing fair competition in the broadcasting of political commentary.
Ahh, well that blanket should cover just about everything. No! More!
If reactionary liberals, unsatisfied with dominating the mainstream media, academia and Hollywood, were competitive on talk radio, they would be uninterested in reviving the fairness doctrine. Having so sullied liberalism's name that they have taken to calling themselves progressives, liberals are now ruining the reputation of reactionaries, which really is unfair.
As Matt Yglesias said yesterday, in about as succinct a fashion as this crap deserves, "Nobody is trying to revive the fairness doctrine. I’m not sure how many times this can be said."
On the other hand, maybe liberal reactionary Matt Yglesias is trying to revive the fairness doctrine with his Hollywood friends, which really is unfair.
The Fairness Doctrine Fouls Out [WP]
Will Gets Fair [Matt Yglesias]