The Battle Against The Fairness Doctrine Continues

Captain Ed is reporting that Congressman Mike Pence’s amendment blocking the FCC from reinstating the Fairness Doctrine will be introduced in the Senate by Senators Norm Coleman and John Thune:

In an effort to prevent Democrats from suppressing the right to free speech for talk radio and other broadcasters, Senators Norm Coleman (R-MN), Jim DeMint (R-SC) and John Thune (R-SD) today introduced the Broadcaster Freedom Act of 2007 (S.1748). The bill would prevent the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from reinstituting the Fairness Doctrine, which would require the government to monitor political views and decide what constitutes fair political discourse. Identical legislation was also introduced by Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN) in the House of the Representatives.

“At its core, this is about the right to free speech. Our founders put the first amendment first for a reason. It protects all Americans’ right to free speech, regardless of political affiliation or views. The Democrats’ attempt to regulate and stifle ideas is a grave threat our liberties,” said Senator Coleman. “Since the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine, talk radio has flourished due to free market ideas. We mustn’t put the government in control over the political views expressed on the public airwaves. I applaud Congressman Pence for being a leader on this issue. Senators DeMint, Thune and I will continue working with our colleagues in the Senate to pass this critical legislation.”

“Here they go again. Democrats showed in the immigration debate they will once again try resurrect the so-called ‘Fairness Doctrine’, which is nothing more than an attempt to muzzle the free speech of conservative Americans. If liberals had their way, this unfair doctrine would give the heavy hand of government control over talk radio. We must act now to preserve all American’s first amendment rights,” said Senator DeMint.

This isn’t about Republicans and Democrats, or Rush Limbaugh, or even conservative talk radio. It’s about freedom of speech. Passage of this bill should become a priority.

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  • Mike Vincent

    We need to start calling this the unfairness doctrine

  • Steve

    No keep calling it the fairness doctrine, it gives it an orwellian ring.

  • Jazzbeaux Beoderbecle

    Let the House and Senate pass a hundred ‘Save us
    from Fairness’ bills.
    They’re good for only a year, ending well before the 2008 election.
    When the Democrats get control of it all, then things will change.
    The doctrine will be easily revived or legislation, already being considered, will go after the radio stations themselves.
    It’s also a good bet, too, I hear, that Limbaugh, Savage, Hannity and a thousand other barely literate clowns are going to have their tax returns for the last seven years looked at very closely with an eye toward prosecuting the smallest error.
    Either way, change is coming.
    And the Democrats are in no hurry.
    They can wait.