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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

A preemptive strike by the GOP

From Michelle Malkin, she received a press notice today on the GOP's move to make an end-run on the attempt to revive the so-called "Fairness Doctrine":

January 6, 2009*** Media Advisory for Tomorrow ***Republican Leaders Announce Bill to Ban Fairness Doctrine

Congressmen Pence and Walden join Senator DeMint in a press conference to highlight the introduction of the Broadcaster Freedom Act on the floor of the U.S. House. The Broadcaster Freedom Act would prevent the Federal Communications Commission from implementing the Fairness Doctrine without an act of Congress.

Participants: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC)
Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN)
Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR)

Date: Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Time: 12:30pm
Location: Senate Press Gallery, S-316, The Capitol

Neither one of us think that Congress is stupid enough to really push to re-enact the FCC doctrine that was abolished by the FCC back in 1987. Congress tried to codify it -- a move that was vetoed by President Reagan. They tried twice in 1991 to bring it back, but faced the threat of a veto by President Bush.

We contend that if they do try to bring it back again, the law will be appealed to the Supreme Court where it faces near-certain death at the hands of the conservative wing of the court, and swing vote Anthony Kennedy, who is a free-speech advocate. What has some a little intimidated is the fact that a few monkeys in Congress have talked about expanding the restrictions on speech to the Internet. (Good luck on that one, you morons.)

The Fairness Doctrine, or any current incarnation of it, isn't needed. First off, the sole goal of the doctrine would be to quash talk radio. The radio industry, as a whole, would work against it because it'll kill AM radio, which has flourished since the Fairness Doctrine was abolished. Democrats always talk about how they stand up for our rights, but they're the ones always pushing legislation to limit our rights.

Kudos to the GOP congressmen moving to cut the Democrats off at the knees on this issue. At least someone in DC is listening to us.

Publius II


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