WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted to ban the reinstatement of the
Fairness Doctrine, a long-defunct broadcasting regulation that was taken off the
books in 1987, by adopting two amendments to the D.C. House Voting Rights Act
The amendment sponsored by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) would not only
ban the Fairness Doctrine, but it would also prohibit the Federal Communications
Commission from encouraging broadcasters to air local news and information,
children's programming and public safety alerts. The amendment offered by Sen.
Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) refocuses the DeMint amendment on the narrow issue of
the Fairness Doctrine ban and reaffirms existing law that directs the FCC to
promote diversity of media ownership.
Josh Silver, executive director of Free Press, issued the
"We applaud Senator Durbin for rejecting the Fairness Doctrine
hysterics and reaffirming that all Americans benefit when there is diverse media
Commenting on the
action, NAB Executive Vice President of Media Relations Dennis Wharton issued
the following statement:
today's Senate vote in opposition to the inaptly-named Fairness Doctrine.
Diversity of opinion has never been greater than in today's media landscape. We
salute President Obama and a bipartisan majority of the Senate for opposing the
return of a rule that clearly violated the fundamental free speech rights under
which this country was founded."
Read The Fairness Doctrine Distraction: http://www.freepress.net/files/fp-FairnessDoctrine.pdf