Rhomphaia recently posted about her views on the Fairness Doctrine (she's against it) and she claimed that liberals had all the money and the Fairness Doctrine was a tactic to make sure that only liberal views were heard. No, I don't think it passes the laugh test. The Fairness Doctrine simply states that equal time must be given to the opposition. Listen up, conservatives. If you think that the media are as strongly liberal as you claim, then you should be in favor of the Fairness Doctrine; it would mean those stations would have to give equal time to the likes of you.
Of course, in reality, conservatives know that their views are being financed by big money and they want to keep their opponents quiet. Rush Limbaugh, G. Gordon Liddy, and their copycats can be heard coast-to-coast around the nation because big money buys them airtime and pays their salaries. When there ever is a liberal radio broadcast, it's on a station with a shoestring budget with a range of maybe two miles and the speaker is unpaid. Conservatives will say that the won the battle of ideas. But they didn't. They won the battle of money. Now, maybe they would win the battle of ideas and maybe they wouldn't. But they don't want to take a chance.
Conservatives are not worried that they will be silenced. They know full well that that is not going to happen. They are worried, however, that their opponents will be unsilenced. They want to keep discussions one-sided. It's hard to make the claim that liberals want to put everyone in 14-hour-a-day forced labor camps if the liberals have the opportunity to present their own position.