KMBZ’s morning news host, Ellen Schenk, on February 2 told listeners that a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation poll suggested that high school students “are more conservative today than you might think.” The poll found that only about half of the 100,000 students questioned believe that newspapers should be given free exercise of the press without government interference. Schenk then compared those who are not opposed to government interference to Alex P. Keaton, the young Republican on the sitcom Family Ties.
I e-mailed Schenk and asked her if she really meant to equate government interference in the media with conservatism. "You might be taking me a little too seriously," she replied. " It was just an offhand comment that kids are more conservative today than you might think. That's it, nothing more. "
I guess she did mean it. I'll remember that the next time Ted Kennedy and his fellow Democrats push the Fairness Doctrine again. Bill Ruder, Sen. Ted Kennedy’s assistant secretary of commerce, declared the following in 1987: “Our massive strategy was to use the Fairness Doctrine to challenge and harass right-wing broadcasters and hope that the challenges would be so costly to them that they would be inhibited and decide it was too expensive to continue.”