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January 16, 2007

The Anti-Freedom Doctrine

by Doug Mataconis

Democratic Presidential Candidate Dennis Kucinich, who is admittedly a gadfly with no chance of getting the nomination in 2008, has reignited the debate over the so-called “Fairness Doctrine”:

Over the weekend, the National Conference for Media Reform was held in Memphis, TN, with a number of notable speakers on hand for the event. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) made an surprise appearance at the convention to announce that he would be heading up a new House subcommittee which will focus on issues surrounding the Federal Communications Commission.

The Presidential candidate said that the committee would be holding “hearings to push media reform right at the center of Washington.” The Domestic Policy Subcommittee of the House Government Reform Committee was to be officially announced this week in Washington, D.C., but Kucinich opted to make the news public early.

In addition to media ownership, the committee is expected to focus its attention on issues such as net neutrality and major telecommunications mergers. Also in consideration is the “Fairness Doctrine,” which required broadcasters to present controversial topics in a fair and honest manner. It was enforced until it was eliminated in 1987.

Kucinich said in his speech that “We know the media has become the servant of a very narrow corporate agenda” and added “we are now in a position to move a progressive agenda to where it is visible.”

In other words, if our point of view can’t compete in the commercial marketplace, we’ll force it down America’s throat.

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2 Comments

  1. Damn it, I was looking forward to a Kucinich-Paul general election.

    Comment by Kevin — January 16, 2007 @ 8:48 pm
  2. [...] Kevin: Damn it, I was looking forward to a Kucinich-Paul general election. [...]

    Pingback by The Liberty Papers»Blog Archive » The Road To Media Serfdom — January 16, 2007 @ 9:40 pm

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