Congress OKs Amendment To Block FCC From Funding 'Fairness Doctrine' Revival
June 28, 2007 at 4:57 PM (PT)
CONGRESS has voted 309-115 in favor of an amendment to the FCC 2008 budget that blocks the Commission from using any money to revive the "Fairness Doctrine." The amendment was introduced by Rep. MIKE PENCE (R-IN), who on FRIDAY will also introduce his "Broadcaster Freedom Act," a bill that is designed to block any further efforts by the FCC to reinstate the rule.
PENCE, who hosted his own radio show in INDIANA, said WEDNESDAY, “There’s nothing fair about the Fairness Doctrine... Bringing back the Fairness Doctrine would amount to nothing more than government control over political views expressed on the public awareness and it must not be allowed to occur."
Thereâ??s nothing fair about the Fairness Doctrine.
Applauding the vote THURSDAY, NAB Exec. VP DENNIS WHARTON said, "Complementing the absolute explosion in alternative media outlets since the Fairness Doctrine was eliminated, broadcast viewers and listeners today enjoy a rich diversity of viewpoints from all sides of the political spectrum. We salute House members who today stood with our nation's Founding Fathers and embraced a robust press that is free and unfettered from government interference."