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The visual film medium lends itself more to the liberal message. You can pick out instances that support what you want to say, show them in a funny and entertaining way, and you have a hit. Anyone who tried to mass-market a film about health care, arguing why government regulations distort the market, and why freer markets would work better, would fail. Viewers would be squirming in their seats. But is anyone saying the government should get involved to muzzle Michael Moore?

How about so much of prime-time television, where social and political messages are buried surreptitiously in the context of shows labeled “entertainment” — “Oprah,” “The View,” “Gray’s Anatomy”? Should the government insist that the “700 Club” be run up alongside “Desperate Housewives”? The media market in America today is broad and varied.

Let’s understand that the left is zeroed in on talk radio because it is one medium that works well for the conservative message.

Let’s leave the Fairness Doctrine where it belongs. Resting in peace.

Star Parker is president of CURE, Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education (www.urbancure.org) and author of three books. This column was distributed by Scripps Howard News Service.