Thursday, December 9, 2010

Democratic FCC commissioner Wants to Bring Back the Fairness Doctrine

Obama is in desperation mode. The Democratic FCC Commissioner is hinting to suppress conservative talk radio by instituting back the Fairness Doctrine. The effectiveness of conservative talk radio is in the way of the liberal narrative. To shut down free speech, liberals can proceed to lie to the American public.

(The Hill) Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) pushed back on Monday against a contention by a Democratic FCC commissioner that the government should create new regulations to promote diversity in news programming.

Barton was reacting to a proposal made last week by FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, who in a speech suggested that broadcasters be subject to a new "public values test" every four years.

He said outlets should be mandated to do the following: prove they have made a meaningful commitment to public affairs and news programming, prove they are committed to diversity programming (for instance, by showing that they depict women and minorities), report more to the government about which shows they plan to air, require greater disclosure about who funds political ads and devote 25 percent of their prime-time coverage to local news.

In his letter, Barton questioned whether Copps believes the government should reinstate the defunct Fairness Doctrine, a controversial standard that required broadcast licensees to offer "balanced" coverage. Critics saw it as an affront to free speech.