Senate GOP Going After The Fairness Doctrine

Glad they could get off their asses to do something. I’m sure Trent Lott will be pissed off, though.

( – The battle over whether to reinstate the controversial Fairness Doctrine moved to the Senate on Wednesday, when Republicans introduced a measure intended to permanently prevent the Federal Communications Commission from using what they called "the heavy hand of government control over talk radio."

A liberal media analyst criticized the move, telling Cybercast News Service that conservative media had once again "whipped the Republicans into a frenzy over a fake issue."

Taking aim at the regulation, which required broadcasters to present both sides of a controversial issue and remained in force from 1949 until the late 1980s, Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) addressed a news conference on Capitol Hill.

"Today, in an age of high-speed Internet, broadband technology and satellite radio, when we have incredible opportunities for people to get access to information, bringing back the so-called Fairness Doctrine is a bad idea, and it’s certainly not fair," he said.

It’s funny. Liberals are constantly yammering on about the so-called loss of Constitutional Rights, especially free speech (all the while talking and posting on the Internet), without proof, yet, the Fairness Doctrine specifically violates the First. I wish Norm had mention that.

On the June 26 Bryan Lehrer radio show, for instance, (John) Kerry stated: "I think the Fairness Doctrine ought to be there, and I also think the Equal Time doctrine ought to come back. … [Conservatives have] been able to squeeze down and squeeze out opinion of opposing views. And I think it’s been a very important transition in the imbalance of our public dialogue."

We all know what it is about. Liberals are pissed off that there is one segment of mass communications they do not control, and want to limit the People’s freedom. If they really wanted fairness, they would apply their wanting of the FD to television, too. Won’t happen. Fairness to them is when they control the medium. But, hey, it is not Conservatives fault that liberal talk radio is so bad that even liberals do not want to listen.

But DeMint told the press conference Wednesday, "If liberals had their way, this unfair doctrine would give the heavy hand of government control over talk radio," DeMint added. "We must act now to preserve all Americans’ first amendment rights."

Bingo! There we go.

Most of the rest of the story is about diversity in radio, a typical leftist propaganda notion. Which is really funny, considering that Air America bought time on a New York radio station, displacing a Black Caribbean station. So much for diversity.

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