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Is The FCC Looking To Backdoor The Fairness Doctrine?


That's what some lawmakers seem to be thinking in a letter written to new FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler from the Committee on Energy and Commerce. The opening paragraph highlights the importance of the commission's removal of the Fairness Doctrine, calling it an intrusion into free speech. That's followed up by a call to stop "this most recent attempt to engage the FCC as the news police." What has lawmakers all twisted up is the commission's November Public Notice announcing a field test for the research design of a multi-market study of critical information needs. The committee letter states, "The proposed design for the CIN study shows a startling disregard for not only the bedrock constitutional principles that prevent government intrusion into the press and other news media, but also for the lessons learned by the Commission's experience with the Fairness Doctrine."

The concern of the committee is that the study is seeking information on how all local news outlets select and prioritize news. The Commission also plans to ask journalists and stations about their news philosophy and why stories are rejected. The letter goes on to say, "The Commission is not a research institution but rather a government entity with authority to regulate some of the targets of the CIN study. The Commission has no business probing the news media's editorial judgment and expertise, nor dies it have any business in prescribing a set diet of 'critical information.' These goals are plainly inappropriate and are at bottom an incursion by the government into the constitutionally protected operations of the professional news media."

The CIN study would cost taxpayers $900,000. The committee would like answers to seven specific questions about how this would benefit the taxpayers by January 10.

Read the full committee letter HERE

(12/11/2013 12:12:42 PM)

When Air America was being outrated by police scanners, it was time for liberals to give up and crawl back on George Soros' knee.

- Merv
(12/11/2013 12:03:32 PM)
"The Fairness Doctrine was to counterbalance the Rushes, Hannitys and Becks with opposing viewpoints"? Typical liberal screed.
1) Why are Beck, Hannity et al successful? They are entertaining. Why did Air America fail? It was NOT entertaining. Liberals don't know HOW to entertain because they have no sense of humor.
2) Unchallenged? What do you call CNN, MSNBC, Democracy NOW!, etc?
3) The First Amendment protects FREE speech, not FAIR speech. Dummies.
4) Life is not fair. Get over it.

- All Mankind
(12/11/2013 12:02:20 PM)
Oh, David and Harry..perhaps you haven't noticed, but the biggest liar of all, Eddie Schultz and his ilk are around, untouched, but..haha, no one listens to liberals talk on radio or TV. Ratings have consequences. You lost.

- BeenThere
(12/11/2013 11:07:17 AM)
Do you think the lies and hate of limbaugh, hannity, beck and their ilk should go unchallenged? If there was someone across the glass to offer a rebuttal, America as a Nation would perhaps be less divided.

- David Aamodt
(12/11/2013 10:23:41 AM)
The idea of the Fairness Doctrine was to counterbalance the Rushes, Hannitys and Becks with opposing viewpoints. All because of the quaint notion that broadcasters were public trustees and had an obligation to consider all people. Well good luck doing that today.

- Harry Kozlowski

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