Senator from New Mexico Jeff Bingaman wants the Fairness Doctrine back, targeting among others, talk radio stations:
What is the Fairness Doctrine? It was a policy of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that required the holders of broadcast licenses both to present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that is honest, equitable, and balanced. The Fairness Doctrine was introduced in the U.S. in 1949 until 1987.
On August 12, 2008, FCC Commissioner Robert M. McDowell stated that the reinstitution of the Fairness Doctrine could be intertwined with the debate over network neutrality (a proposal to classify network operators as common carriers required to admit all Internet services, applications and devices on equal terms), presenting a potential danger that net neutrality and Fairness Doctrine advocates could try to expand content controls to the Internet. It could also include “government dictating content policy”. (Source: Wikipedia)
Two leading questions:
1) Isn’t the mainstream media already a “balanced alternative” to talk radio?
2) Why are those supporters of the First Amendment on the “left” now strangely silent?
One question I pray you will think about:
1) With our current economic crisis, why is the house, senate and President debating this issue especially considering that THEY CURRENTLY HAVE THE MAJORITY ANYWAY! Republicans are basically lame ducks leaving conservatism in at least a two year exile! Watch some old video clips of Ronald Reagan on YouTube and then compare them with current leadership. Notice any differences? He kept the faith:
February 05, 2009 Sen. Stabenow wants hearings on radio ‘accountability’; talks fairness doctrine:
SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW (D-MI): “I absolutely think it’s time to be bringing accountability to the airwaves”
Oh and by the way, Freedom of religion along with our Biblical heritage….since it’s not fair either (wink,wink)…is probably next.
We need to take this very serious folks. Once lost, freedom is not easily reclaimed.
Trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ!
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